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Senior military officers support London Pride

The three most senior warrant officers from the Royal Navy, British Army and RAF attended the UK’s biggest LGBT pride event in London for the first time, supporting more than 200 defence personnel taking part in the parade.

 

The Royal Navy contingent march through London during the London Community Pride parade. Armed Forces March in London Pride 270615 The Armed Forces marched through the streets of London today on Armed Forces Day as part of the London Community Pride parade. Prior to the event participants met with the Minister of the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt MP and the Minister for Equalities Incumbent Caroline Dinenage MP as well as a number of Senior Military Officers at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in London. Image taken by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU(E), Royal Navy. Consent forms where required held by FRPU(E), HMS Excellent.
The Royal Navy contingent march through London during the London Community Pride parade.

Warrant Officer Steve Cass of the Naval Service, Warrant Officer Glenn Haughton of the Army, and Warrant Officer Clive Martland of the RAF attended the march, 15 years since the ban was lifted on LGB personnel serving openly in the Armed Forces, signifying a united senior commitment to diversity and inclusion in the forces.

Fittingly, the theme of this year’s parade was heroes and saw the largest contingent of Defence staff ever, with 216 uniformed military personnel and civil servants in attendance.

The Army contingent prepare to march through London during the London Community Pride parade. Armed Forces March in London Pride 270615 The Armed Forces marched through the streets of London today on Armed Forces Day as part of the London Community Pride parade. Prior to the event participants met with the Minister of the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt MP and the Minister for Equalities Incumbent Caroline Dinenage MP as well as a number of Senior Military Officers at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in London. Image taken by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU(E), Royal Navy. Consent forms where required held by FRPU(E), HMS Excellent.
The Army contingent prepare to march through London during the London Community Pride parade.

Speaking at the LGBT Pride march, Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Penny Mordaunt, said:

It gives me immense pride to see the great strides made to advance diversity and inclusion across the Armed Forces over the past 15 years.

 

More than 200 Royal Navy, British Army and RAF personnel marched proudly in uniform in today, on Armed Forces Day. And with all three services named in the top 100 LGBT-friendly employers in the UK by Stonewall recently, the progress made over a relatively short amount of time is truly impressive.

The Armed Forces have participated in London Pride since 2008 and today, the rainbow pride flag flew over the Ministry of Defence as a public declaration of support for the LGBT community.

Ministry Of Defence Main Building in London flies the Rainbow Pride flag from its mast in London. Armed Forces March in London Pride 270615 The Armed Forces marched through the streets of London today on Armed Forces Day as part of the London Community Pride parade. Prior to the event participants met with the Minister of the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt MP and the Minister for Equalities Incumbent Caroline Dinenage MP as well as a number of Senior Military Officers at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in London. Image taken by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU(E), Royal Navy. Consent forms where required held by FRPU(E), HMS Excellent.
Ministry Of Defence Main Building in London flies the Rainbow Pride flag from its mast in London.

Read Commander Land Forces Lt Gen James Everard’s blog post following the latest Army LGBT conference, and click here to find out more about the UK Armed Forces rank in Stonewall’s top 100 index.

Second Sea Lord Jonathan Woodcock (centre rear), flanked by Air Vce Marshal David Stubbs (to left) and Lieutenant General James Everard (to right) with the Warrant Officers of the three services and personnel from the services contingents prior to the London Community Pride parade. Armed Forces March in London Pride 270615 The Armed Forces marched through the streets of London today on Armed Forces Day as part of the London Community Pride parade. Prior to the event participants met with the Minister of the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt MP and the Minister for Equalities Incumbent Caroline Dinenage MP as well as a number of Senior Military Officers at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in London. Image taken by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU(E), Royal Navy. Consent forms where required held by FRPU(E), HMS Excellent.
Second Sea Lord Jonathan Woodcock (centre rear), flanked by Air Vce Marshal David Stubbs (to left) and Lieutenant General James Everard (to right) with the Warrant Officers of the three services and personnel from the services contingents prior to the London Community Pride parade.

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