Dec 24, 2012

Defence at Mardi Gras: a military step towards inclusiveness

The ADF plans to enter a uniformed marching formation in the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras for the first time. It's about time, writes one journalist and gay Defence spouse.

Every year the LGBTI community asks if Sydney’s Mardi Gras is still relevant. Usually there’s at least one galling display of injustice to warrant making a fuss, but it also has reasons to celebrate. Next year it will celebrate the strong signal from Defence that it believes in a fair go.

This year I marched in Mardi Gras for the first time, alongside my hubby — a veteran RAAFie — and fellow Defence families. Gay soldiers, here and in the US, have always been a great journalistic interest, meaty with historic injustice, conflict and iconic imagery. But after marching, and connecting with other Defence families, it became hard to stay objective knowing how much they sacrifice and how little respect some sections of the Australian community afford them.

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One thought on “Defence at Mardi Gras: a military step towards inclusiveness

  1. Christopher Nagle

    Homosexual lobbyists throw the word ‘homophobe’ around like confetti, to the extent that it turns the word into a ghastly ideological cliche. However, the military culture gives the lie to it. They do homophobia in spades. And the deepest irony of all, is that the traditional ‘bastardization’ rituals in the services are homoerotic.

    It is worth reminding our homophobic warriors that the most formidable troops ever to walk the planet were the Spartans. And their wives were often obliged to shave their heads and wear boys clothes so that their husbands could be dragged away from their adolescent male orderlies sufficiently to reproduce new soldiers.

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