Commemorating those who served in silence

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DEFGLIS will place rainbow wreaths at cenotaphs across Australia this ANZAC Day, to remember those who served in silence alongside their brothers- and sisters-in-arms.

At the first known attempt to commemorate LGBTI service men and women in 1982, members from the Gay Ex-Servicemen's Association were turned away from the Cenotaph in Melbourne by then RSL President Bruce Ruxton.


They along with other groups on the day, were laying a wreath to respect their fallen comrades.

The tradition of laying rainbow wreaths commenced in 2015 to remember the sacrifice of LGBTI service personnel.

This history of discrimination against LGBTI personnel required personnel to hide who they were.

Integrated into each rainbow wreath are pride colours and that make their dedication easily identifiable amongst the many wreaths that seek to remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought in wars - modern wars and those from the distant past.

Details of 2017 ANZAC Day wreath laying can be found here. 

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Images: Bottom three images of ANZAC Day 2016 by DEFGLIS

Defence seeks talent from all parts of the Australian community

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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 an important part of the Mardi Gras festival that celebrates sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex people, and showcases the vibrant Sydney LGBTI community.

This year the event has moved to a new location - Camperdown Memorial Rest Park in Newtown.

Read more: Defence seeks talent from all parts of the Australian community

Marching with pride in 2017

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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 to display our support to an evolving culture within the Australian Defence Force, as well as to support the LGBTI community throughout Australia.

Read more: Marching with pride in 2017

Proud to Serve at the Military Pride Ball

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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 grew to 280 from the Australian Defence Force and their families, along with NSW Police, Fire and Rescue, and Emergency Services, and the Sydney LGBTI community.

Read more: Proud to Serve at the Military Pride Ball

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Commemorating those who served in silence

DEFGLIS will place rainbow wreaths at cenotaphs across Australia this ANZAC Day, to remember those who served in silence alongside their brothers- and sisters-in-arms. At the first known attempt to commemorate...

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Ten years serving with pride at Sydney Mardi Gras

DEFGLIS and Defence celebrated ten consecutive years of serving with pride at the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. While members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have marched in uniform only since...

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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...

Read more

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...

Read more