dismissed because of their sexuality. Former veterans minister Johnny Mercer wants the Prime Minister to give them “a national apology”.
He said: “It’s the least he can do for the pain they have suffered. Our armed forces are now the world’s best for LGBT inclusion but that was not always the case. “A national apology and compensation will go some way to repairing the damage done to so many lives.” Up to 20,000 LGBT+ forces staff were drummed out of careers they loved until the services’ gay ban was lifted in 2000 following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights.Some were jailed or forced to endure shaming rituals by having medals ripped from their uniforms.Now, the Cabinet Office has ordered an independent review of their treatment.Home Secretary Priti Patel has already offered veterans pardons and the inquiry will consider possible compensation for loss of earnings and pensions.Ex-Army lieutenant Elaine Chambers, 61, of the Isle of Wight, said: “Veterans remain distrustful of those in power after the appalling way we were treated.
I am looking for reparation to offset decades of financial hardship.”Former Navy medic Chris Ferguson, 61, of Edinburgh, added: “The Navy was everything to me.