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

Interviewer Helen Meyer

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

Phil Neil – Defending With Pride – Shrine of Remembrance Melbourne

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