Hopes inquiry into treatment of LGBTQ+ veterans will lead to ‘meaningful reparations’
The first openly gay British judge will helm a long overdue review into the impact of the “gay ban” on military veterans.
Lord Etherton’s inquiry will attempt to better understand the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ veterans who served between 1967 to 2000, including those who were discharged because of their sexuality.
The military lifted the ban on homosexuality in 2000, but it is thought that nearly 5,000 people were affected by this law, according to the BBC.
Under the ban, military personal who were or suspected of being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender were arrested, searched and questioned by the Special Investigation Branch of the Military Police.
They were then subjected to traumatic investigations that lasted days and stripped of their service medals in martial court.
Many were ‘dismissed in