Fighting with Pride (Hardback)
LGBTQ in the Armed Forces
To mark the 20th anniversary of the lifting of the British Armed Forces ‘gay ban’ on 12 January 2020, this book brings together a selection of LGBTQ servicemen and women who have served in the Armed Forces since the Second World War. Their stories are profoundly moving testaments to their loyalty, their courage on the battlefield, and their unswerving sense of right and wrong.
Included are ten accounts of members of our Armed Forces who have lived remarkable lives. In some cases they were dismissed in disgrace or forced to resign when asked questions about their private lives. Their stories are those of remarkable sacrifice and courage in their units (and in battle), but 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’.
These are the stories of the David and Goliath battle for equality, through every court in the UK and Europe. For others their story is one of remarkable careers at the front line of operations worldwide, with accounts of service in the Second World War, the Falklands War, the Gulf Wars and the war in Afghanistan.
This book celebrates 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. These are the inspiring stories of people who have created amazing careers and sought and found a welcome denied to so many.
These are inspiring personal stories of how LGBT+ service personnel challenged and overturned exclusion and discrimination in the military. They remind us that LGBTs in the Armed Forces were once tasked with defending freedoms that they were themselves denied. But thanks to their resilience, they are at last free and equal. Bravo!Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner and Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation
This important book records a turning point in LGBT+ equality in the UK and the beginning and end of a remarkable journey for our Armed Forces. Resolute and determined, these are the stories of those whose journeys epitomise what was lost by excluding and what we have gained in equality.Baroness Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, 2014–2019
Fighting with Pride is a captivating book chronicling an incredible period of positive change in the social history of the Armed Forces, told by the women and men whose courage on the battlefield was matched by their courage of conviction. These veterans of WW2, the Falklands Campaign, the Gulf Wars, Northern Ireland, the Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan met every operational challenge demanded of them, yet many suffered the indignity of an imposed disgrace that led to dismissal. You will be moved by their unstinting loyalty to their Service and Country, with recollections that will make you laugh and shake your head in dismay and disbelief.General Sir James Everard KCB CBE, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe
It now seems incredible that some of our dearest and best were compelled to live complex lives in the shadows for fear of arrest, detention and dismissal. The accounts of this wholly depressing experience, as told by Patrick Lyster-Todd and Elaine Chambers, remain worthy of somber reflection today. In stark contrast, Mike Brigham and Rory Woods’ contemporary accounts of the Armed Forces today reminds us (with some relief) how far we have come. Today we are proud to be all of one company, where equality truly means equality for all. But we would not be where we are without the protagonists for change you find in this uplifting book. Craig Jones deserves our thanks for skilfully bringing the stories of these women and men together. He is dismissive of his own naval career, but he fought a good fight to the betterment of the Armed Forces, and we are honoured to call him a brother in arms who believes in the power of fundamental good, the worth of responsibility and strength of example.
Marking the 20th anniversary of the lifting of the ban on gay servicemen and women in the Armed Forces, this collection of the stories of 10 LGBT+ personnel from the Second World War to present day forms a moving testament to their courage on, and off the battlefield.Bookseller Buyers Guide