An independent review into the impact of the pre-2000 ban of homosexual personnel in the military has been launched. The review is part of the Veterans’ Strategy Action Plan, which has also been launched.
The independent review will provide the opportunity for the Government to better understand the lived experience of LGBT veterans who served prior to 2000, including how being discharged from the military because of their sexuality affects their life.
Sarah Atherton MP: 'As a veteran myself, I strongly welcome this important step taken by the Government. Whilst the military wholly welcomes the LBGT community now, it is important that we acknowledge and learn from the experiences of LGBT veterans whose lives were seriously impacted by the pre-2000 ban. This review will allow the voices of veterans to be heard and is critical for moving forward.'
The review will provide information and recommendations on:
• The potential impact that the ban may have had on LGBT veterans, including the consequences for their future lives
• The accessibility of veterans’ services for LGBT ex-Service personnel
• How the government can ensure that LGBT veterans are recognised and fully accepted as members of the Armed Forces community