Armed Forces urged to educate against prejudice and make homophobia a disciplinary offence The Government’s decision to lift the military ban on lesbians and gays is a welcome first step towards eradicating homophobia from the Armed Forces, according to OutRage!. But OutRage! warns that deeply entrenched homophobic attitudes will continue to force many gay people … Government Lifts Military Ban – Call for Action to Combat Homophobia in the Military
[flickr_set id=”72157623821948315″] Crowds lining Whitehall for the official Remembrance Sunday Parade applauded as gay military veterans, OutRage!, and representatives from seven other queer organisations marched to the Cenotaph for a special Queer Remembrance ceremony today, Sunday, 14th November 1999, just after 12 noon. The applause and cheers outnumbered a few isolated incidents of abuse, when … Queer Remembrance Day 1999
OutRage! exhorts the military to “educate its members in human rights and to challenge homophobic attitudes during recruitment and training programmes”. The mere “suspension” of disciplinary action against gays in the military is “inadequate, cowardly and unprincipled”, since the ban on gay recruits remains intact and homophobia is still rampant in the ranks. The Armed … Call for Action to combat Homophobia in the Military
What rôle did the British military authorities play in the escape from justice after WWII of Nazi war criminal Dr. Carl Peter Værnet, perpetrator of gruesome experiments on gay prisoners in the Buchenwald and Neuengamme concentration camps? John Harding HB (A) MOD Historical Records Branch MINISTRY OF DEFENCE London SW1 19 August 1999 Dear John … Dr. Værnet – British Military Collusion?
“Portillo screws queer soldiers” banner in Parliament Square Image Copyright: Steve Mayes, 1997 There were lively exchanges between gay rights protesters, shoppers, and police when campaigners against the ban on homosexuals in the Armed Forces took their protest to the constituency of the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Portillo, today in Southgate High Street. … Election Protest in Michael Portillo’s Constituency
To: The Secretary, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London SW1. 9-July-1996 Dear Vanessa Cameron, We are writing to express our concern at the long history of psychiatric abuse suffered by lesbians, gays and bisexuals. For most of this century, the psychiatric profession labelled us as “mentally ill” and “pathological”. Because we were deemed … Aversion therapy – letter to the Royal College of Psychiatrists