Phil Neil RAAF Veteran: LGBTQI Recognition
Posted on: Mon 21 Nov 2022
On ANAC Day 1984 Phil Neil was one of the five members of the Gay Ex-Services Association (GESA) who tried unsuccessfully to lay a wreath at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance. Their wreath was thrown in the bin and they were escorted off the premises.
In July 2022 he was asked to lay a wreath at the Shrine and participate in a Podcast series ‘Defending With Pride’. Phil tells Listeners what this recognition of LGBTQI Servicemen and Women means to him and others in our Defence and Veteran communities
Photo: The Shrine of Remembrance, located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war. It is a site of annual observances of Anzac Day (25 April) and Remembrance Day (11 November) and is one of the largest war memorials in Australia. Wikimedia Commons