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MBE for Capt Hannah Graf in New Year’s Honours List

MBE for Capt Hannah Graf in New Year’s Honours List

Hannah WinterbourneWe’re delighted to announce that the Army LGBT+ Forum’s previous Lead Transgender Rep; Captain Hannah Graf (nee Winterbourne) has been awarded an MBE for her leadership in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

The list recognises the achievements of individuals across the United Kingdom for outstanding service to the community. Capt Graf joins our previous Forum Chair, WO2 Karen Styles MBE, who was also awarded an MBE honour in June 2017 for her services to promoting diversity.

An MBE, the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is an honor bestowed on people who give outstanding contributions to arts, sciences, charities, welfare organisations, and public services.

Capt Graf acknowledged the award through the following tweet thanking those that had supported her:

Congratulations from everyone at the Army LGBT+ Forum for a very well deserved honour.

Nomination for ‘Positive LGBT Role Model Award’ for Forum Secretary

Nomination for ‘Positive LGBT Role Model Award’ for Forum Secretary

Guy Lowe-BarrowThe Army LGBT+ Forum was honoured to join representatives of the Army BAME Network at the National Diversity Awards, supporting positive role models, community organisations and a variety of different employers driving diversity and inclusion in their sectors. Especially so as Sergeant Lowe-Barrow, long serving Army LGBT+ Forum Secretary was nominated for a Positive LGBT Role Model Award recognising the years of exceptional work he has done for inclusion of both LGBT+ and BAME soldiers.

The black tie event, held in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, the largest cathedral in Europe, had a touch of glamour befitting the importance of recognising those working to improve the lives of their communities. It was a privilege to meet many of the nominees and our mess dress uniform certainly attracted a lot of attention. Every one nominated for an award and their allies can be rightly proud of having done something positive for their communities.

Sergeant Lowe-Barrow was pipped to the award by a very worthy nominee, but we are unashamedly proud that he was nominated, and then shortlisted as a leading role model for the LGBT+ community.

An update from our Forum Patron…

An update from our Forum Patron…

When I took over as LGBT+ Champion for the Army nearly two years ago, my determination was that the LGBT+ Community within the Army should be treated with the same degree of respect that any soldier or officer has the right to expect.

So far in my tenure I have seen the Army given the Public Sector Equality Award in 2016 by Pink News, WO2 Styles AGC(SPS) awarded an MBE for her hard work to take forward the Army LGBT+ Forum, and the Army being listed once again as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer of LGBT+ personnel. I have also attended two London Prides, and was immensely proud to march with my LGBT+ brothers and sisters in arms through London in 2017.

While the kudos of awards and parades demonstrates to the world that the Army has moved on, is an employer which welcomes LGBT+ people and will fight for their equality, it is the everyday efforts of all of our soldiers and officers that I wholeheartedly encourage and commend. Everyday efforts to live by our values and standards, call out unacceptable behaviour, seek to understand the challenges faced by our LGBT+ soldiers, and act as true allies. At this year’s Army LGBT+ Forum Conference I repeated my promise to continue to fight for fairness and equality and I will stand with you for as long as I am your Champion.

Lieutenant General Patrick Sanders CBE DSO
Commander Field Army & Army LGBT+ Champion