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DEFGLIS Board Member and self-confessed staunch ally Prudence Hawkins-Griffiths reflects on the importance of diversity and acceptance within Defence.

Until I was posted into the Defence training environment in June 2015, all I really understood about LGBTI matters was the very one-sided point of view I had seen in the media or heard in ill-informed conversations. Hyperemotivity, ignorance and intolerance is common to all these viewpoints  – including my own.

IMG_2219.jpegDEFGLIS Policy and Education Co-Director Luke Headley shares his perspective on balancing Service life and personal sacrifice, drawing on his own experience of relationships whilst in Defence.

Thirteen years ago, I joined the Royal Australian Air Force as a direct-entry Administration Officer, and I haven't looked back since.

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Gillian Cosgrove-White and her partner Rachael first met when they were 20 years old but they lost touch when Gillian moved to Tasmania and Rachael joined the Royal Australian Navy. 

Fast forward some 13 years. The couple reconnected on social media, got married and are raising three children together, including twenty-year-old Corban from Gillian’s first marriage. 

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