This year's Queer Remembrance commemoration was given added relevance when it was revealed by OutRage! that the Royal British Legion "refuses to acknowledge the sacrifice of gay people who helped defend Britain against Nazism", and "excludes the partners of deceased gay war veterans from the Remembrance Day parade".
"It is estimated that about 500,000 lesbians, gays and bisexuals served in the British armed forces from 1939-45", said Mr. Harvey-Amer, " accounting for around 10 percent of total enlistment.
"Queer Remembrance Day is necessary because the Royal British Legion refuses to acknowledge the queer contribution to the defeat of Hitlerism".
"The British Legion rightly allows widows and widowers to join the Remembrance march. Sadly, the partners of the lesbians and gay men who suffered and died are excluded from participating in this part of the universal act of remembrance", said Mr. Harvey-Amer in his Cenotaph address.
Applause for Queer Remembrance Marchers, 14-November-1999
©1999 John Hunt/OutRage! London
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