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Trump pushes ahead with ban on transgender people in US military

Trump pushes ahead with ban on transgender people in US military

The White House has announced that it will be pushing forward with it’s plans to ban transgender people from serving in the US military and Coast Guard. President Trump announced his ban on transgender people serving in the military last year but faced opposition from military chiefs, but despite previous court rulings, and challenges from […]

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Cabinet documents reveal Keating government’s gays in the military debate

Cabinet documents reveal Keating government’s gays in the military debate

Cabinet documents from twenty five years ago have revealed the Keating government’s concerns about allowing gay people to serve in the military. The cabinet papers from 1992 and 1993 have been made public today and given Australians an insight into the concerns of the government. One issue that the cabinet debated was allowing gay people […]

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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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Defence Minister says cost of transgender health care is justified

Defence Minister says cost of transgender health care is justified

Defence Minister Marise Payne has rejected calls to scrap health care in the armed forces for personnel who have gender disphoria. Answering a question in parliament from One Nation’s Senator Pauline Hanson, the Defence Minister said it would be invidious to discriminate between health conditions affecting personnel. Over the weekend it was reported that over […]

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James Corden sings for transgender troops

James Corden sings for transgender troops

James Corden has shown his love for transgender people who serve in the US military. The talk show host launched into song on his TV program The Late Late Show delivering a rendition of the song L-O-V-E.  The Nat King Cole classic was given a make-over a transformed into L-G-B-T as Corden mocked President Donald Trump’s […]

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South Korean soldier given jail time for sex with his partner

South Korean soldier given jail time for sex with his partner

An army captain in South Korea has been handed a suspended prison term in a ruling from a military court for having sex with his male partner. South Korean conscription laws ensure the nation’s men are made to serve approximately two years in the military, due to their proximity and long-standing conflict with neighbour North […]

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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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Manchester’s new Lord Mayor quotes ABBA at inauguration

Manchester’s new Lord Mayor quotes ABBA at inauguration

Carl Austin-Behan is the new Lord Mayor of Manchester, the first openly gay man to hold the role. At his swearing in ceremony the new Lord Mayor promised to do his best, quoting camp music legends ABBA. “I’m going to do my very best and it ain’t no lie. “You’re going to take me to […]

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Group Captain Cate McGregor wins Queenslander of the Year

Group Captain Cate McGregor wins Queenslander of the Year

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has named sports commentator and military officer Cate McGregor Queenslander of the Year at an awards ceremony last week. 59-year-old Group Officer McGregor is the world’s highest ranking transgender military officer, taking the award for her advocacy work and her leadership here in Australia. McGregor, who transitioned in 2012, attributes her […]

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