LGBT Foundation is here to support LGBTQ+ Veterans to tell their story as part of an independent review into the impact the pre-2000 ban on homosexuality in the military had on veterans.

We're here to help veterans engage with the Veterans Independent Review alongside offering a health and wellbeing programme to support them before, during and after participating in the review. We know asking members of our community to take part in this is a tremendous ask but we are here to help you find the best form of support should you need it.

As an organisation, we offer a wide range of services including a national helpline, talking therapies, recovery from substance misuse, befriending, sexual health, community safety and domestic abuse and sexual violence support. For those who are in need of support, a member of our team will be able to provide advice and guidance on the next steps for getting you the support you need, when you need it.

For those living with the Greater Manchester Localities, we can support you to complete a self-referral or make a referral on your behalf. Following this, you will meet with a staff member who will support you through an assessment to identify which form of support would best meet your needs. If you are wanting to make a self-referral you can follow this link:

For those outside of Greater Manchester, we can support you with relevant signposting within your local area and emotional support through our helpline service. We can be contacted on 0345 3 30 30 30. To find out more about our opening hours, please do to this link:

If you wish to take advantage of our support, you can also contact Hiren Patel, Operation Equality Project Coordinator (A Befriending Service for LGBTQ+ Armed Forces, Veterans and Families) by emailing

What is the review?

Until 12 January 2000, there was a ban on the presence of LGBTQ+ in the Armed Forces. Those serving could face intrusive investigations and ultimately be criminalised, dismissed or otherwise forced to leave.

The Government accepts that this historic policy was wrong and has committed to understanding, acknowledging and addressing the impact it has had on LGBTQ+ people serving and their families

To do this, the government has commissioned an independent review seeking to better understand this impact.

What is the review looking for?

This Call for Evidence is seeking testimony and views from individuals and organisations on the impact of the pre-2000 ban on homosexuality in the Armed Forces.

We will ask questions throughout the Call for Evidence to gather views on:

  • How LGBT personnel were treated in their service lives
  • The impact of the ban on individuals and those around them throughout their lives
  • How being dismissed from Service affected personnel and their families
  • How services for veterans today can be made more accessible and inclusive for LGBT veterans
  • How Government will recognise and accept LGBT Veterans as full members of the Armed Forces community
  • How the Government can acknowledge and appreciate the service of LGBT Veterans and enable meaningful resolution
  • Suggestions for other research that Government can carry out

How to take part

You can provide evidence in an Online response form

If it is not possible to submit evidence through the online response form, you can visit and

  • Download the questionnaire and email it to us
  • Download and print the questionnaire and post it to us
  • Request a printed copy

If you wish to take advantage of our support, contact Hiren Patel, Operation Equality Project Coordinator (A Befriending Service for LGBTQ+ Armed Forces, Veterans and Families) by emailing