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TRANS* PERSONNEL MARCH WITH ADF FOR THE FIRST TIME

in AUSTRALIA, 22/03/2014

The Australian Defence Force once again made its presence felt at this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, and for the first time ever, trans* personnel also marched.

With over a hundred members from the Australian Army, Royal Australian Air Force and the Royal Australian Navy taking part in the parade, alongside family and friends from the defence LGBTI information service DEFGLIS, the floats showcased how the Australian military has been embracing diversity.

During the parade, DEFGLIS chairman Squadron Leader Vince Chong told the Star Observer that there had been overwhelming support from both senior military commanders and ADFA cadets alike.

“One quarter of the defence force contingent are from the Australian Defence Force Academy, many of whom aren’t actually gay,” he said.

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