Penny Mordaunt is grateful that British military is LGBT-inclusive

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Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt has praised the UK military for being welcoming of LGBT+ people, weeks after her American colleagues banned transgender military personnel. The Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Women and Equalities made the comments in an address to the Stonewall Workplace Conference that took place in London ;last Friday. The minister said that allowing all LGBT people to serve is not only morally right but also operationally effective, because no war can be won as long as people fight with each other’s sexualities, gender identities and fears to reveal who they are. “[LGBT inclusion] is not about being woke or PC or trendy. It’s about the margin victory in every endeavor we set our hearts on. It’s about respect, care, love and compassion for others,” she added, “I know this from my military service as a reservist and later as a minister for armed forces. Self-knowledge, self-respect and self-confidence are an operational imperative to our armed forces. Which is why they have come a long way in such a short space of time.”

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