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In conversation with … Duncan Lustig-Prean

01 Aug 2024

During Medway Pride we are joined by a gay former naval officer, Duncan Lustig-Prean for the next instalment of our “In conversation with …” evening talks. The conversation with Duncan will be compered by local historian, Rob Flood.

Duncan served in HMS Pembroke and also was involved with preparing Chatham based ships for sea during the Falklands War. He was dismissed because of his sexuality in 1995.

Until January 2000 the Armed Forces banned LGBTQ+ people from serving. Military police were proactive in seeking out gay service personnel and investigations were intrusive, often accompanied by forced medical examinations. People were dismissed and, in some cases, went to jail because of their sexuality.

In conversation with Duncan we will explore, with humour, life as a gay person in the Royal Navy, his own investigation and dismissal and how he became the leading figure in the campaign to change the law.

We will explore how LGBTQ+ personnel were treated by the Armed Forces during this period of our history for which the Government has now apologised. We will also hear of the very different climate in the Royal Navy today which embraces people’s sexuality and is one of the best employers of LGBTQ+ people. The groundwork for this sea change was undertaken by Duncan and his team working with the Ministry of Defence.

Come and meet the man who played a pivotal role in changing the law throughout Europe so that all LGBTQ+ people are safe from dismissal in any employment.

The evening will be compered by Rob Flood, local historian and there will be a question and answer session following the conversation.

Our talks are free to attend (you do not need a Dockyard admission ticket) but spaces are limited tickets must be booked in advance.

When?Thursday 1 August
Where?The Mess Deck Restaurant
Time?Arrival from 6.30pm for a 7pm start
Cost?Talks are free to attend but we ask that you book in advance.