International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHOT) is a day to remember the importance of equality and valuing difference. As a youth organisation that spans across Australia, the AAFC has a leadership role to play promoting an inclusive environment that operates free of prejudice and discrimination.
We know the importance of people bringing the best version of themselves to this organisation and that this can only occur when everyone can be in an open and inclusive environment. In recognition of IDAHOT, we reaffirm that Homophobia, Transphobia and Bi-Phobia is not acceptable behaviour in our organisation.
We should all be aiming to celebrate our diversity and learn from our experiences by providing support, encouragement and valuing individuals to be their best selves in our organisation.
As part of the Diversity and Inclusion Directorate’s approach to embracing diversity in the AAFC, we have launched a new resource called the Gender Transition in the AAFC Guidelines. This is to form the first part of a suite of resources being accumulated which are aimed to build understanding, knowledge & respect within our organisation. We are also creating opportunities to partner with organisations who support the LGBTI community and look forward to updating you soon.
Our team is dedicated to enhancing the cadet and staff experience through inclusive practice. From the Executive, all the way to our senior cadet leaders, we should be aiming to actively to promote diversity & inclusion in all aspects of our activities. So today please look through our new publication and reflect upon what you can do to contribute and become a champion of change.
WGCDR(AAFC) Laurinda Soemijadi
Director Diversity and Inclusion – Headquarters AAFC