Role Models: Corey Lonergan

Role Models: Corey Lonergan

Corey LonerganI’ve been an Army Reservist for more than 20 years. I began my military career at the relatively late age of 30, having spent several years as a ‘stay at home’ parent. I came out as gay after the ban was lifted and was one of the original 9 Army personnel to march in London Pride in 2008 (when permission was granted to march in uniform). I’ve taken part in the march and supported the Army contingent at London Pride every year since then. I’ve also been an active member of the Army LGBT Forum and I’m the Reservist Representative on the Forum Committee.

I made the decision to transition to male in 2015 shortly before I turned 50. This was a difficult time as I had to explain my feelings to my grown-up children and my wife. I’m pleased to have successfully navigated through various problems; not least the fact that my wife identifies as a lesbian.

When I transitioned, I was employed as a Detective Constable working in Child Protection. After coming out to my line manager, I found myself on the receiving end of both good and bad aspects of Kent Police’s diversity/transgender policy. As a result, I gained a position on the Kent Police Diversity Board where I was able to contribute to policy changes that would support and protect the transgender and non-binary officers that followed me.

I’m a Sergeant in the AGC (SPS) and am currently working as the 68 Signal Squadron recruitment AO on an Additional Days Commitment engagement. I will be starting the 2nd year of my degree course in October 2019 studying for an accountancy degree. I live in Central London and spend as much time as I can with my ever-growing family – I’m currently the proud ‘Grampy’ to 5 grandchildren. I remain passionate about human rights for the LGBT+ community and hope that I’m a good role-model for my family, colleagues and other people I meet.