Veteran discharged for being bisexual now fights to get his medals back

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Joe Ousalice, 68, fought in the Falklands War in 1982, as well as serving in Northern Ireland and the Middle East, during his 18-year career in the Royal Navy. The navy took Ousalice to military court in 1993 and found him guilty of having a sexual encounter with another male officer. He denies it, but his bisexuality was confirmed during the hearing and it was considered ‘threatening for other Navy officers, as gay sex in military of the UK was illegal up until 2000. Ousalice is represented by Liberty, a human rights advocacy group, which “challenges injustice, defends freedom and campaigns to make sure everyone in the UK is treated fairly.” His lawyers say that he was dismissed “entirely because of his sexuality,” and Liberty are calling for other veterans who were dismissed because of sexuality to have their awards back. A spokesperson from the Military of Defence told the BBC it would be “inappropriate” to comment as the legal proceeding is not over yet and it is impossible to make any conclusions

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