A Royal Navy commander from Plymouth who has been nominated for a prestigious national award says he is proud to speak out about his sexuality.
Lt Cmdr Gordon Jones, who is bisexual, has been praised for his work to promote the rights of LGBT service personnel.
In the year 2000 the armed forces' long-standing ban on homosexuals was lifted by the European Court of Human Rights.
Since coming out as bisexual, Lt Cmdr Jones has led efforts to increase diversity within the Navy. And his hard work is paying off, having been shortlisted in this year's LGBT awards as a 'future leader'.
Lt Cmdr Gordon Jones has worked for the Royal Navy for more than 17 years, initially joining as a Warfare Officer before specialising as a hydrographic, meteorological and oceanographic officer.
He has served around the world, including the Falklands, the high Arctic and supporting disaster relief in the British overseas territories following hurricanes Irma and Maria.
He has been a member of Compass, the Navy’s sexual orientation and identity network, since 2016 and became the sexual orientation representative to the network in 2018.