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Australian Defence Force backs transgender personnel

Australian Defence Force backs transgender personnel

The second highest ranking member of the Australian Defence Force has defended their support for personnel with gender dysphoria. Appearing at a senate estimates hearing Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, said the cost of training staff outweighed the cost of proving their health. “These are people who are wearing the uniform […]

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Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Hastie: Defence are providing an incentive for sex change operations

Western Australian Liberal MP Andrew Hastie is adamant that the defence force should change its policy which allows gender reassignment surgery for transgender service personnel. The conservative MP disagrees with Defence Minister Marise Payne and Defence Personnel Minister Dan Tehan who have defended the funding. The member for Canning has stepped up his campaign for […]

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Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

Tehan denies rift over transgender personnel, but won’t rule out policy change

The Minister for Defence Personnel, Dan Tehan, says he has reassured Western Australian politician Andrew Hastie that Australia’s military is focused on the defence of the nation, and allowing transgender personnel to undertake gender reassignment surgery is not reducing their effectiveness. Hastie has spoken out about the defence force’s policy over the last week, arguing […]

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South Korea elects Moon Jae-in as new President

South Korea elects Moon Jae-in as new President

South Korea has elected Moon Jae-in as their new President ending a decade of conservative rule. The country was forced to hold a snap poll to find a new President after former leader Park Geun-hye was impeached over an extensive corruption scandal. The new president has promised to introduce a more conciliatory approach to relations with North […]

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South Korean military chief accused of outing soldiers

South Korean military chief accused of outing soldiers

  The chief of South Korea’s army is facing calls for his resignation after allegedly launching a probe to ‘out’ gay soldiers. Homosexuality is not illegal in South Korea, but it is frowned upon in the nation’s largely conservative society. However the country’s military code of conduct describes same sex activity between personnel as “reciprocal […]

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Army Major: Cate McGregor is not suitable for Australian of the Year

Army Major: Cate McGregor is not suitable for Australian of the Year

The Australian newspaper has revealed that the Australian Defence Force has offered to pay an army major $25,000 after high profile transgender officer Cate McGregor mocked  him on social media. The legal offer follows an investigation into a social media feud between Group Captain McGregor, Major Bernard Gaynor Snr and his son Bernard Gaynor Jnr. […]

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Bernard Gaynor wins landmark case against army

Bernard Gaynor wins landmark case against army

Aspiring politician Bernard Gaynor has won his landmark case against the Australian Defence Force. Mr Gaynor, an army reservist, was sacked by the Chief of the Defence Force last year following his criticism of the army allowing uniformed soldiers to march in the Mardi Gras Parade. On his blog the conservative commentator said army personnel […]

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Swedish Armed Forces launch Pride campaign

Sweden’s army have launched a new campaign that promotes LGBTIQ Pride and inclusiveness in the country’s military. The poster for the campaign presents a woman in camouflage gear posed before a camouflage background. The soldier has a prominent rainbow badge sewn onto her arm, boldly against the green and brown of the image along with […]

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Largest Ever Defence Contingent March in Mardi Gras Parade

Largest Ever Defence Contingent March in Mardi Gras Parade

The Australian Defence Force celebrated Mardi Gras with it’s largest ever contingent of marchers. More than 100 Australian Defence Force members, together with 50 Defence civilians, families, friends and allies of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community, marched in the parade on Saturday night. In another first for Defence, the contingent was […]

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Struggles for Trans Community in the Army

Struggles for Trans Community in the Army

The highest ranking transgender woman in the Australian Army has spoke candidly about her harrowing experiences during an interview with ABC’s ‘One Plus One’. Lieutenant Colonel Cate McGregor, who claims she fought the transitioning process until she thought she was going to commit suicide, has experienced a mix of unwavering support and vicious backlash for […]

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