This week three Royal Navy sailors, along with other members of the armed forces, were hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street for a celebration of the LGBT+ community.
Commander Sam Truelove, Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Mike Hill, and Engineering Technician Rob Morrison are all members of Compass, the sexual orientation and gender identity network of the Naval Service.
The trio had all represented the Royal Navy’s LBGT+ community by marching at this year’s Pride in London.
2017 has been a progressive year for the serving LBGT+ community, seeing all three branches of the Armed Forces enter the Stonewall top 100 employers list.
Commander Truelove, the co-chair of the Compass network, said: "Being a member of the LGBT+ community and being invited to 10 Downing Street was an important opportunity to demonstrate the contribution of LGBT+ service personnel to the UK Armed Forces."
The sailors were also joined by representatives from the Army and RAF.
ET Morrison said:
"Attending such a prestigious event on behalf of the Royal Navy was an incredible honor.
"Meeting the Prime Minister was a truly overwhelming experience and one I will not forget."