History Month lecture marks anniversary of lifting gay ban in British Armed Forces.

Gscene Editorial Team January 26, 2020

LGBT History Month public lecture to mark the 20th anniversary of the lifting of the ‘gay ban’ in the British Armed Forces.

Lt Cdr Craig Jones MBE RN author of the The book Fighting with Pride joined the Royal Navy in 1989, later to become the first ‘out’ LGBTQ person the Armed Forces, leading that community through a bewildering period of change  is speaking at the event along with  Lt Elaine Chambers, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, who was a nursing officer in Cold War Germany but was dismissed after being ‘found out’.

His book marks the 20th anniversary of the lifting of the British Armed Forces ‘gay ban’ on 12 January 2020. It brings together a selection of stories from LGBTQ service men and women who have served in the Armed Forces since the Second World War featuring their testaments demonstrate their loyalty, their courage on the battlefield, and their unswerving sense of right and wrong even in the face of personal costs.


This event is organised in collaboration with the newly formed charity, Fighting with Pride, and the Solent NHS Trust.

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020

Time: 6-7 pm, followed by a drinks reception

Venue: University of Portsmouth, Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH

For more info or to book a ticket see the event website here: