Gay and lesbian citizens have been allowed to serve openly in the Her Majesty's Armed Forces since The United Kingdom's policy is to allow gay men , lesbians and transgender personnel to serve openly , and discrimination on a sexual orientation basis is forbidden. All personnel are subject to the same rules against sexual harassment , regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It began when Robert Ely, who had served in the British Army for seventeen years, approached Stonewall. The discovery of a letter had led to his sexual orientation being disclosed and he was subjected to an investigation and thrown out of the army.
It's 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexual sex in England and Wales. How did the law change society? The proportion of the British public who say they approve of same-sex partnerships has soared over the past 30 years. Since the British Social Attitudes survey has asked people whether they think sexual relationships between two adults of the same sex are "always wrong, mostly wrong, sometimes wrong, rarely wrong or not wrong at all". Approval fell in the s when the Aids crisis and the introduction of section 28 - a law prohibiting the promotion or teaching of homosexuality in schools - could have swayed public opinion according to NatCen, the think tank which runs the survey.
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When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. Our Privacy Notice explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time. The law, which prohibits gay men, lesbians and transgender personnel from the forces, was put into force in