Defence launches Pride Network
7 September 2015
A network to support Defence Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) personnel was launched at the inaugural Military Pride Ball at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney on Saturday.
Acting Director General, People Strategy and Culture Nikki Curtin said Defence Pride would support LGBTI members and their allies.
“Defence is proud of its evolving nature and recognises the correlation between diversity and capability,” she said.
“We strive to foster a culture of inclusion and respect. Defence Pride will empower Defence people to bring their whole selves to work each day— regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or Intersex status.
“Established to provide support for LGBTI identifying and non identifying personnel, Defence Pride will significantly increase LGBTI Defence employee engagement, productivity and retention.”
Jack Anderson, an LGBTI identifying member of Defence, is excited to see what the network will achieve for LGBTI members and employees.
“Having an official Pride Network is a huge leap forward for Defence. From my perspective, it shows that the organisation doesn't want me to hide who I am at work but instead wants me to know I am accepted,” Mr Anderson said.
The Military Pride Ball is hosted by DEFGLIS - Defence LGBTI Information Service — an existing community association that supports and represents Defence LGBTI personnel and their families.
The establishment of the Defence Pride Network aligns with the Defence Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2012-2017; and was identified as a key opportunity for Defence to enhance workplace inclusivity.
For more information please contact the Diversity Directorate at: DiversityPolicyandPrograms [at] defence.gov.au
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