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LGBTQ+ in the Royal Navy
Careers / life in the navy

LGBTQ+ in the Royal Navy

Who you are will never hold you back

The Royal Navy is inclusive of all Sexual Orientations and Gender Identities. We want all our people to feel comfortable, valued and empowered to be themselves.
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“Pride in the Royal Navy means that the Navy fully supports me and my community. I am able to deploy on operations with the strength to be my authentic self, able to deliver and feel a part of an inclusive team who draws strength from its diversity.”                  S/Lt Patrick
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“I am reattending Pride in London this year to continue to engage with the community and help it grow, so that it may allow others to hopefully get involved while giving them the opportunity to accept themselves.”    ET James
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“Defence is made up of a truly unique group of individuals and identities and Pride allows those groups to come together in celebration of our shared ideals”                                                                 AB Brad Elwood

Our differences make us stronger

We support all identities. Explore how we’re making the Navy more inclusive to all. 
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Pride 2023

We were proud to represent at this year's Pride event in London. This is an important day for the Royal Navy, where serving community members and allies can stand together to celebrate the progress made so far - and mark the distance left to travel.
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We are a community

Compass is our thriving LGBT+ community. A peer platform that educates, engages, infuses and empowers. We offer support online, on ships and in the regions, and works to ensure policies match the needs of our community.
Royal Navy Compass
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We are allies

“Being an ally for me means I use my privilege to support minority groups. Sometimes this is as simple as shutting up and listening. You cannot be a good leader if you are not a good ally"

LH Sondack

Pride in London

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Got a question?

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Find your place in the Royal Navy. Make friends for life, learn new skills and experience the world.

What are your options?

Whatever your background, there’s a role to suit you. Take a look and find out where you could fit.
Royal Navy crewmembers waving at a helicopter on the flight at sunset