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11/01/2019

Royal British Legion Launches LGBT Branch

The Royal British Legion has launched an official branch for LGBT+ people serving in the Armed Forces.

The charity provides financial, social and emotional support to veterans, service people and military families and has launched the LGBTQ+ Allies branch to tackle the stigma and isolation around that section of the community.

The move comes 19 years since the ban on gay people serving in the UK military was lifted.

A founding member of the branch, Emma Miller-McCaffrey, commented: "There are many people who historically have not been treated appropriately by the military, but that has now changed. I am proud to be married to my wife, a serving member of the Royal Navy, and I am proud of who I am as a gay woman.

"Becoming a member of the Legion's LGBTQ branch allows me to be all of those things without judgement. It's great to see the Legion reminding people that they are here to support all who served, regardless of Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation."

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The Royal British Legion explained in a statement: "As we mark the anniversary of the end of the ban on LGBTQ people serving in the Forces, the Legion is encouraging LGBTQ+ veterans, those currently serving and civilians, many of whom have previously been stigmatised within the military to join the new national branch.

"It will recognise and remember the contribution of the LGBTQ+ community to the British Armed Forces, and raise awareness of the Legion services accessible to the currently under-represented group.

"It is hoped that the new branch will act as a safe space for people from across the community to share experiences and support the work of the Legion.”

Emma Cannings, Director of Membership at The Royal British Legion said: "We know that people who identify as LGBTQ have historically been marginalised within the Armed Forces community, and as a result haven't come forward for the help and support they're entitled to.

"We hope that this new branch will bring the LGBTQ and Armed Forces communities together, to commemorate the sacrifices made by our LGBTQ veterans and serving personnel and ensure that our services are accessible to all those who need them."

Gay people were banned from serving in the British armed forces until 2000, when the discriminatory rules were struck down by the European Court of Human Rights.



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"The Royal British Legion has launched an official branch for LGBT+ people serving in the Armed Forces."