This Queer Angel by Elaine Chambers
Gay's The Word, Londres, 66 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AB, United Kingdom
Join us as we welcome Elaine Chambers to mark the publication of her memoir This Queer Angel which is the incredible true story of one woman's campaign for equality in the armed forces. Following the partial decriminalisation of consensual sex between men in 1967, the army was one of the few remaining institutions in which homosexual behaviour was still illegal.
Elaine Chambers was investigated for unnatural conduct and after a five-month investigation was expelled from the army. Rather than accepting this she co-founded Rank Outsiders - a campaign and support group and prepared to fight the MoD. The fight eventually went to the European Court of Human Rights in 2000 before the ban on lesbians and gay men serving in the armed forces was lifted.