New UK report shows mental health and financial toll of gay ban in the military
- 86% of LGBT+ veterans felt dismissal for sexual orientation or gender identity from the Armed Forces affected their mental health
- 74% of those dismissed said their finances have been affected.
- 82% of respondents were subjected to intrusive investigations. 72% felt “vilified,” “treated like a criminal”
- 65% of LGBT+ veterans surveyed said it affected their employment and careers
- 56 % said it had impacted having a place to live
- 84.4% of survey respondents reported being lonely
- An apology on behalf of the Nation by the Prime Minister
- Wiping criminal records for those criminalized for sexual orientation and other measures to remove the shame experienced by LGBT+ veterans and celebrate their service
- Compensation for serious lifelong harm to LGBT+ veterans in the region of £100,000 per person. This is in line with the Windrush and Tainted Blood schemes
- Payment for loss of pensions is complex and must be assessed and redressed fairly to reflect individual circumstances
- Develop the specialist mental health services to address the trauma experienced by LGBT+ Veterans.
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