LGBT+ veterans to remember the fallen at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for the first time .

 It has been announced that  for  Remembrance Sunday  2021, LGBT+ veterans will honour fellow servicemen and women at the National Service of Remembrance. It is the first time LGBT+ veterans have been  openly  invited to the event at the Cenotaph. 

The spaces have been granted to Fighting With Pride, the first and only lived-experience charity addressing the health and wellbeing of LGBT+ veterans. 

Craig Jones MBE, Joint Chief Executive of Fighting With Pride, said: “It’s with immense pride that we will see LGBT+ veterans remember the service and sacrifice  of members of our Armed  Forces  who gave  their lives for our peace and  freedom at  the National Cenotaph. Standing alongside fellow  veterans means a great deal to our community and being able to play a role in the day is a great honour for us all.”  

Caroline Paige, Joint Chief Executive of Fighting With Pride, adds: “The National Service of Remembrance is of great significance to everyone in the UK and in particular those who have been a part of the military. It’s  a proud day  to see LGBT+ veterans  included  and one we are all looking forward to.” 

Lieutenant Elaine Chambers 60 will carry the wreath for LGBT+ Veterans’ charity Fighting With Pride. Elaine was formerly a Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps officer and with Army Bandsmaster, Warrant Officer Class 1 Robert Ely, founded the campaign and support group Rank Outsiders in 1991. Rank Outsiders supported dismissed LGBT+ veterans who were commonly turned away by military charities because they had been ‘Dismissed in Disgrace’.  Elaine was forced to resign her commission following a 5-month investigation. Despite the devastating loss of her career, she has always held the Armed Forces in the highest esteem.    

Lieutenant Elaine Chambers, who will also take part in the march on the day, said: “It is such an immense honour to be invited to be part of the Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph.  I look forward to taking my place with my fellow veterans as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the peace and freedoms we enjoy today.”   

Elaine will be joined by Lieutenant Commander Duncan Lustig-Prean who was dismissed from the Royal Navy in January 1995 following an eight-month investigation. Duncan’s case at the European Court of Human Rights paved the way for the lifting of the ban on 12th January 2000, the anniversary of his dismissal.  

Duncan said: “For military people, taking part in Remembrance commemorations is a solemn duty. I so glad that LGBTQ+ veterans can now do their duty.” 

For more information about Fighting With Pride visit:  

Tags: , , ,

Comments are closed.

LGBTQ+ Musicians Experiences with Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Musicians from LGBTQ+ communities face significant barriers and issues relating to discrimination, sexual harassment and concerns around physical, mental and […]

WIN! A Storydo Family Storybook

Storydo is a ground-breaking platform that allows all types of families to tell their unique story and celebrate their family, […]

Military Charity Fighting With Pride Flies The Flag For LGBT History Month

Liverpool’s HMS Eaglet will host a special Veteran’s Pride event this month celebrating the service of LGBT+ veterans and serving personnel in […]

Franco Labia: Space Pride

Queer engineer and founder and president of Space Pride, Franco Labia is on a mission to diversify the space industry, which […]

Sacha Polak on Silver Haze

Screening at BFI Flare later this year, Silver Haze reunites Dutch writer/director Sacha Polak with British actor Vicky Knight. Having […]

Capturing People’s Truth: Anais Stupka

Anais Stupka is a London-based, Georgian-Italian multimedia artist who grew up in 14 different parts of the world.    Her […]

Philip Baldwin meets Adrian Trett

“It’s a real challenge to be non-binary and open about it in sport.”  Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett is a Liberal Democrat politician […]

Fynest Reads: To Cage a God

To Cage a God combines two things that fascinate me: Russian history and mythology. The book’s backdrop of a brewing […]

LGBT+ History Month 2024

The 2024 theme celebrates LGBT+ peoples’ contribution to the field of Medicine and Healthcare both historically and today.  We want […]

Touch-Me-Not: Ian Humphreys 

Touch-Me-Not  Ian Humphreys     this flower  doesn’t belong  on the canal  hiding  in an airless tunnel  where no-one goes  before […]