"Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945"

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Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery DP160103548 (2016-18)


This project aims to investigate how the Australian armed forces have grappled with changing social attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people from the end of World War Two until the present. The project plans to analyse why in some eras the Australian military has been an international leader in facilitating social change, while at other times it has lagged behind civilian norms. It aims to reveal the untold experiences of LGBTI personnel, the processes of change to policies and practices, and wider cultural shifts around sexuality and gender. The expected project outcomes will inform current debates about Australian Defence Force culture and wider questions about how institutions respond to social change.

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Supervisors supervising this project

Dr Noah Riseman Principal Supervisor

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