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Defending with Pride: Midsummer Panel Talk

February 5, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people have been proudly defending Australia through their military service since the formation of the armed forces.

Today, anyone identifying as LGBTQ+ can serve openly in the Australian Defence Force, but it has not always been this way. It has been a long and often difficult journey for LGBTQ+ people to be recognised, accepted and celebrated for their service.

The Shrine of Remembrance recently launched a special exhibition exploring the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in service —the first of its kind for an Australian war memorial—titled Defending with Pride: Stories of LGBTQ+ Service.

In this panel discussion, LGBTQ+ service people discuss their experience in the Australian Defence Force and being part of this ground-breaking exhibition at the Shrine, with Midsumma Chief Executive Karen Bryant.

What is it like seeing their stories told at the Shrine? What is the role of institutions like the Shrine in creating meaningful connections that increase visibility and understanding?

The panel will be held in the Shrine’s Auditorium. Please enter via the Education Courtyard.

Doors open at 10.30am.



February 5, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


The Shrine of Remembrance
Birdwood Avenue
Melbourne, 3000 Australia
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