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LGBT+ veterans: ‘I was kicked out of my dream job just for being me’

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LGBT+ veterans, this was their reality during their time served in the Armed Forces.In Britain, although homosexual acts between two men over 21 and ‘in private’ were legalised under the Sexual Offences Act 1967, the Army, Navy and Air Force were specifically excluded from the legislation.It was a decision that effectively forced gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender service members into the closet for fear of losing their jobs.In 1991, Robert Ely and Elaine Chambers – who had both been dismissed from the Armed Forces because of their sexuality – formed campaign group Rank Outsiders to try to repeal the ban, and in 1998 they took their case to the High Court.

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