Defence participates in the 2016 Sydney Mardi Gras
5 March 2016
Today a contingent of 150 members from the Australian Defence Force marched alongside their families, friends and Defence public servants in the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade.
Defence participation in the Sydney Mardi Gras is an opportunity for members to demonstrate pride for their Service and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members.
Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs said ongoing participation in the Sydney Mardi Gras demonstrated an enduring commitment to evolving Defence culture.
“People are central to our capability and accordingly Defence is absolutely committed to ensuring we have a diverse, respectful and inclusive culture,” VADM Griggs said.
“The Sydney Mardi Gras is an opportunity for Defence to publically demonstrate the respect we have for diversity in the workforce and the contribution that all our people make to our mission.”
Parade Commander, Captain Christine Clarke has participated in the Mardi Gras since 2008 and is extremely proud to lead this year’s contingent.
“Being chosen to lead the Defence contingent is an honour. In doing so, I feel privileged in that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community has accepted me as a friend and ally,” CAPT Clarke said.
Defence personnel marched in formed divisions and were accompanied by friends and family as part of the uniformed agencies section of the parade.
Defence personnel have participated in the Mardi Gras parade since 1996 and have marched in uniform since 2013.
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