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Powerful stories of LGBT+ veterans feature on new radio series

Written by on 03/09/2021

The powerful and often harrowing stories of veterans who were thrown out of the military because of their sexuality or gender identity, before the ban on LGBT+ personnel was lifted 21 years ago, are told in a series airing in September and October on more than 25 radio stations including Bay Trust Radio.

The series ‘Fighting With Pride’ is a collaboration between the charity of the same name which supports the welfare of LGBT+ veterans and John Dash Media (JDM), with support from the Audio Content Fund.

The series will air on Bay Trust Radio throughout September.

John Dash, CEO of JDM, said: ‘It’s no exaggeration to say that until the turn of the century, the British armed forces engaged in social cleansing on a group of their own people. LGBT+ personnel matched the courage, integrity and commitment of their peers, but if discovered were arrested, interrogated, subjected to degrading medical examinations and court martialled. What often followed was rejection by family and friends, employment and financial problems and mental health issues.

‘In ‘Fighting With Pride’ we’re telling ten stories of people affected by the gay ban. Their stories are often distressing and harrowing, but also inspirational. I’m proud and humbled to have been associated with this project.’

Craig Jones, Joint CEO of Fighting With Pride said: ‘We were formed 18 months ago and represent an Armed Forces community who were treated shamefully in their service lives and beyond. We’re delighted this series will bring our work to the attention of a wider public though the medium of radio.’

The interviews were conducted by Rebecca Sandles and Ed Hall, and the programmes re-unite colleagues who worked on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sony award-winning show ‘Out This Week’ in the 1990’s.