Luke Pollard
Luke Pollard

Until 2000, homosexuality was illegal in the British Armed
Forces. If found to be apart of the LGBT community when you were serving before the ban was lifted in 2000, you would have been immediately discharged. Additionally, many were stripped of their medals, some went to prison, lost families, and became homeless.

Thousands were removed and abandoned after serving with pride. It took 20 years for the government to apologize for their actions and it was only until 2021 that veterans got their medals back. However, there are still written orders in place from commanding officers saying that the sacked personnel will not be able to wear headwear of insignia as veterans.

Until all restrictions are lifted and those who were discharged are rightfully compensated, the MoD will remain in breach of the military covenants.

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