|Services ‘gay ban’ lifted – 12 January 2000|
|Sunday, 12 January 2020 marks two decades since the lifting of the long-standing ban on homosexuals serving in the British Armed Forces.
Until the ban was lifted, anyone found to be homosexual in the UK’s Armed Forces was dishonourably discharged and in some cases had medals removed.
A new book, Fighting With Pride, brings together a collection of personal stories of LGBTQ servicemen and women and features ten accounts of members of our Armed Forces who have lived remarkable lives.
Check out the P&S blog to read a series of posts showcasing excerpts from the book.
|Fighting With Pride – available now|
|Reviews for Fighting With Pride:|
|I and many around me took it for granted that we could serve our country. This collection of stories is a humbling reminder of those pioneering people from the LGBT+ communities who had to fight for that very privilege. The inspiring and poignant tales remind us of the highs and lows of serving as an LGBT+ person before the ban was lifted and celebrates the truly inclusive opportunities offered by the Armed Forces today. It has been a remarkable journey and this book is fitting tribute to how far we have come and to all those who made it happen.
Air Chief Marshal Mike Wigston CBE ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, Royal Air Force
An overdue account of the righting of an historic wrong; of indomitable spirit; and strength of character. I feel fortunate to have served alongside such courageous individuals in the front line of Britain’s Armed Forces; and to have been one of those who had long argued for equity and justice.
Rear Admiral Roy Clare CBE DL (Commanding Officer, HMS Invincible 1996-97)
This important book records a turning point in LGBT+ equality in the UK and the beginning and end of a remarkable journey for our Armed Forces. Resolute and determined, these are the stories of those whose journeys epitomise what was lost by excluding and what we have gained in equality.
Baroness Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, 2014-19
The Armed Forces’ LGBT+ journey is remarkable by any analysis, but it is a great testament to the courage and strength of character of some who have shifted the ground upon which one of our nation’s most conservative organisations have stood. Through their perseverance, they have collectively realised a thoroughly normal goal – that each member of the Services should be respected and valued for who they are. Their individual stories are profoundly touching, some of which are captured within this important book, and if they say nothing else to the reader it is that huge mountains can be scaled if you focus on the goal, ground ahead and are unshaken by the scale of the challenge.
Air Marshal Andrew Turner CB CBE MA MSC BA FRAES CCMI Royal Air Force.
These are inspiring personal stories of how LGBT+ service personnel challenged and overturned exclusion and discrimination in the military. They remind us that LGBTs in the Armed Forces were once tasked with defending freedoms that they were themselves denied. But thanks to their resilience, they are at last free and equal. Bravo!
Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner and Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation
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