On June 28 the Royal Navy organised the 2013 Quad-service LGBT Conference. Members of the three Armed Forces met with MOD colleagues to discuss a range of issues facing LGBT personnel.
At the top of the agenda was providing support to personnel on foreign attachments, especially when serving in countries where the views on LGBT equality are hostile. The military’s commitment to this issue was reiterated by Lt Gen Andrew Gregory CB, who is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Personnel).
Maj Damian Jenkins, Chair of the Army LGBT Forum, was asked to provide training on implicit bias and the means for tackling it. More than 70 people attended the sessions, including Sarah Guerra, Head of Equality and Diversity at the MOD. This is fast becoming an Army-led theme: Maj Jenkins has been asked by the MOD and the cadre of Clinical Psychologists to speak to their staff about implicit bias. We’re pleased that the Army can lead the way on this important topic.