Guidance and Support – Independent Review and Reparations

The aim of this page is to provide as much information as possible (verified by FWP)  in relation to the Independent Review,  its outcomes and reparations progress.


Government Resources (UPDATED 13th Dec 2023)

LGBT Veterans: Support and Next Steps.

Includes information on support services and some of the restorative measures already accessible. This page will be updated as and when more information or additional restorative measures become available:

LGBT veterans: support and next steps  (

The site currently provides information on:

  • Armed forces Veterans badge application form
  • Disregards and pardons for those convicted of same-sex sexual offences
  • Military Awards Commemorations
  • Armed forces pensions
  • Veterans Gateway
  • Veterans Support


Independent Review Report

Trigger Warning: Please note that the Final Report and the Analysis Report include distressing accounts of veterans’ experiences and the consequences of their treatment during service under the Ban and in the years that followed, which may be a trigger to anyone impacted by the ban or their experiences since, regardless of circumstances.

There is always somebody you can talk to for help. For urgent help please dial 999, otherwise 24-hour support or advice is available by calling the Samaritans 116 123, less urgent advice on mental health and well-being is available by calling the NHS on 111, or by making an urgent appointment to see your GP. You can reach out to FWP for support and advice through our Contact Us, or through our Community Team.


Independent Review Final Report:
The full 270-page Independent Review into the service and experience of LGBT veterans who served prior to 2000:

LGBT Veterans Independent Review – GOV.UK ( 

LGBT Veterans Independent Review Recommendations

Independent Review Analysis Report. A report that summarises the collected testimony gained as part of the LGBT Veterans Independent Review. It is a companion piece to the Review’s Final Report by Lord Etherton and does not replace or amend the findings of
that document:

LGBT Veterans Analysis Report (


LGBT Independent Review: Information for 
stakeholders and veterans. Published by the Office for Veterans Affairs / Ministry of Defence, this document includes their 19th July Press Notice and Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s apology on behalf of the British state, a section on Frequently Asked Questions, and the complete narrative of the statement given by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, in The House of Commons on Wednesday 19th July 2023.

LGBT Independent Review: information for stakeholders and veterans

[Final Report cover artwork by David Tovey]

A transcript of the debate can be found here.

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