LGBTI – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex – but never say it in full. Alternatively say:
People with diverse sexual orientations, genders and sexes.

Sexual Orientation

Sexual Orientation – not sexual preference – sexual attraction is not a lifestyle choice. Your brain chemistry drives an instinctive response telling you what you do and do not find attractive.

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual people. Alternatively say: Same-sex attracted people.

Partner instead of wife, husband or spouse.

Genders

Transgender not transsexual - an umbrella term for people who have a diverse gender experiences. Some transgender people have transitioned gender to modify their body and expression to more closely match their gender identity.

Gender identity is a person’s sense of gender (formed by the brain during early childhood)

Gender expression refers to the range of traits, external appearance and behaviours that society stereotypically associate with a gender.

Gender dysphoria is the distress a person experiences as a result misalignment in their physical body and their gender identity.

Cis-person (or cis-male, cis-female) refers to a person who has their gender identity aligned with their birth sex/anatomy.

Sexes

Sex is the biological anatomy of a person: female, intersex or male.

Intersex refers to people who are born with an anatomy that is not completely male or completely female. Intersex people may have body organs or systems from male or female sexes.

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Defence seeks talent from all parts of the Australian community

  Defence Force Recruiting and DEFGLIS will be at Fair Day in Sydney on Sunday 19 February to answer questions from LGBTI job-seekers about a future career in Defence. Fair Day is...

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Marching with pride in 2017

We are back again in 2017 to march with pride at this years Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras! For a number of years DEFGLIS has attended the Sydney Mardi Gras...

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Proud to Serve at the Military Pride Ball

It's back, and now it's a new annual tradition! Defence members, family and the community checked-in to our illustrious flagship event to celebrate LGBTI service on Saturday night.  Back for a second year, attendees...

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Veterans Film Festival shines the light on LGBT veterans

The Veterans Film Festival will hold the Australian premiere of The Camouflage Closet, a documentary about trauma and recovery among nine LGBTI veterans. The film is a community-based project to bring...

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