Navy veteran wins award for fighting LGBT ban

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04/10/2024

An LGBT navy veteran has won an award for her efforts to get a rule banning gay people from the navy overturned by taking the UK to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Emma Riley, who lives in Brighton, was a Royal Navy radio operator for three years before she was arrested and discharged after telling a colleague about her sexuality in the early 1990s. She has been named Hero of the Year at the British Diversity Awards for her campaigning efforts. A government spokesperson said the treatment of LGBT serving personnel between 1967 and 2000 was “wholly unacceptable” and encouraged LGBT veterans to “apply for restorative measures online”.

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