Armed Forces: LGBT+ People

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd May 2022.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many LGBTQ+ people were serving in the armed forces in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) does not hold accurate figures for the number of serving LGBTQ+ people. While sexual orientation is recorded on the MOD's Joint Personnel Administration system, this data is reliant on self-declaration by individuals, and declaration rates have not yet reached a high enough percentage to be representative.

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