Rainbow poppy wreath laid at the Cenotaph in remembrance of the LGBT+ heroes who gave their lives for freedom

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11/10/2020

A rainbow poppy wreath was laid at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday (November 8) by campaigner Peter Tatchell and RAF veteran David Bonney. Bonney was the last UK serviceman to be imprisoned for his sexuality before the UK ban on LGBT+ military personnel was overturned. He was sentenced to six months in prison after being court-martialled in 1993, his dishonourable discharge only annulled after a later appeal. Bonney joined Tatchell to lay a wreath of red poppies, LGBT+ Pride flags and the pink triangle to honour the LGBT+ troops who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom. Tatchell and Bonney visited the Cenotaph at 1pm, shortly after the official Remembrance Sunday ceremony. Plans for a larger memorial had been afoot, but were cancelled in line with lockdown regulations. “It is important to keep laying rainbow wreaths, otherwise the sacrifices of LGBT+ service people in the Second World War and other conflicts will be forgotten,” said Bonney, who was a senior aircraftman, in a statement through the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

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