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Fighting with Pride: LGBTQ+ in the British Armed Forces

17 February 2020, 13:00
RUSI Whitehall
RUSI Members Only
RUSI is delighted to host a panel discussion to mark the twentieth anniversary of the lifting of the British Armed Forces gay ban on 12 January 2020 and the recent launch of the book entitled ‘Fighting with Pride: LGBTQ in the British Armed Forces’.

In this wide-ranging discussion, LGBTQ+ servicemen and women who have served in the British Armed Forces since the Second World War will discuss their remarkable lives. These are stories and profoundly moving testaments to loyalty, courage on the battlefield, and an unswerving sense of right and wrong. In some cases, individuals were dismissed in disgrace or forced to resign when asked questions about their private lives. They are accounts of remarkable sacrifice and courage in their units (and in battle), but also of people who were forced to live in secret before their services were removed at the stroke of a pen after being declared 'no longer required' or ‘dismissed in disgrace'.

Panellists include:

  • Lieutenant (Ret’d) Elaine Chambers, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps
  • Lieutenant Commander (Ret’d) Craig Jones MBE RN
  • Lieutenant Commander (Ret’d) Patrick Lyster-Todd RN
  • Flight Lieutenant (Ret’d) Caroline Paige RAF
  • Commander Roly Woods Royal Navy

Admiral the Lord West of Spithead GCB DSC PC, former First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff, Royal Navy, will chair this event.

This discussion will reflect on the David and Goliath battle for equality, through every court in the UK and Europe. It will celebrate the lives of servicemen and women who have stood tall and taken their place with pride and dignity in the fighting units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and the British Army.

Copies of the book entitled, ‘Fighting with Pride: LGBTQ in the British Armed Forces’ (Pen and Sword: November 2019), will be on sale.

Refreshments will be served from 1215.

This event is open to all RUSI members. To become a member, please click here.

To attend this event, please e-mail Annalinda Riley, at or call +44 020 7747 2600.

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