LGBT veterans: support and next steps

Information on support, services and restorative measures available to those impacted by the pre-2000 ban on LGBT+ personnel in the Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) jointly commissioned an independent review to better understand the impacts and implications of the policy that homosexuality was incompatible with life in HM Armed Forces between 1967 and 2000.

Government acknowledges that the historic policy prohibiting homosexuality in the armed forces was unacceptable and wrong.

The final review and recommendations have now been published: LGBT Veterans Independent Review.

This page will be kept updated with information concerning restorative measures available.

Information on veterans’ services, support and restorative measures

Those impacted by the ban may be entitled to the services listed below, which can be applied for and sourced immediately.

Information on services available and restorative measures

  • Armed forces veterans badge application form – all veterans who served for at least one day are eligible, regardless of the circumstances around leaving.
  • Disregards and pardons for those convicted of same-sex sexual offences – application form and guidance on applying for a disregard and pardon of convictions for decriminalised sexual offences.
  • Military Awards Commemorations – guidance on how to apply for the restoration of Military Medals that were withheld or withdrawn on the basis of sexuality.
  • Armed forces pensions – you may be eligible if you are a former member of the armed forces. Please read detailed breakdowns of all the schemes, legislation, or use the pension calculator.
  • Wearing uniform – Veterans impacted by the ban have the same limited rights to wear uniform as any other veteran when authorised. Any historic orders or correspondence to the contrary should be disregarded.
  • Veterans’ Gateway – information, advice and support for veterans and their families, including housing, mental wellbeing, finances and more.

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Information about the LGBT Veterans Independent Review

  • About the review – information, terms of reference, frequently asked questions and background and legal context on the historic policy.

LGBT Veterans Independent Review website

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