LGBTI
Community

Serving with Pride
DEFGLIS's mission is to support and represent LGBTI personnel in Defence

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) banned lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from serving openly until 23 November 1992, the ban was lifted by the Keating Government.  An official Defence contingent joined the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the first time in 2008.  Since 1 January 2009, partners of LGBTI personnel have had the same access to military retirement pensions and superannuation as mixed-sex couples.  However there were still restrictions on transgender service until September 2010.  In 2013 a contingent marched in uniform for the first time at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Even today, many Veterans still require healing and support as they may maintain a feeling that they were abandoned.  There are programs and support organisations available for not only those that were affected by history but for those that still serve to this day.

Defending with Pride
Shrine of Remembrance 1st August 2022 - July 2023
The special exhibition is the first of its kind for an Australian war memorial. It reveals the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in service. 

Counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. Phone: 1800 184 527