On 12 January 2000, the ban on LGBT+ people serving in the British Armed Forces was lifted. Before this date, anyone found to be LGBT+ could be dismissed or even sent to military prison. January 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the lifting of this ban, allowing LGBT+ personnel to serve openly as themselves. In this collection of stories, serving LGBT+ personnel discuss their experiences of hiding a part of themselves away, inventing fake partners and being personally investigated before speaking about the relief they felt once the ban had been lifted, to be able to get on with their job without fear.
It was starting to tear me apart