MoD accepts rights of representation and association (if you happen to be gay)

The Ministry of Defence announces (02 Jul 2010) that ten years after the ban on homosexuality in the Armed Forces was lifted, the first Quad Service Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference is being held at the MoD's Main Building in London today. Welcome as this is, it is seen as being in stark contrast to the Ministry's ambivalent attitude to the armed forces federation, which individual personnel of any rank are permitted to join, but (unlike other businesses and support organisations) is still being denied MoD permission to visit bases and circulate information material with the willing permission of commanding officers.

The LGBT Conference precedes Saturday's 'Pride London' event, during which members of the armed forces will march in uniform. Participants are entitled to duty travel costs within the UK subject to budget manager approval. BAFF wishes them a successful day.

'Quad Service' is a currently fashionable MoD term encompassing the three armed services together with the Civil Service.

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" We have ... examined the practices of other Armed Forces, and have concluded that it is possible for a wide variety of forms of representation to operate usefully, and in harmony with the chain of command. "
Official Bett Report for MoD (1995)

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