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​Manchester Doctor leads Jubilee Pageant. 

Published: 08 June 2022 Tags: By LGBT Foundation

A Manchester-based Doctor led the LGBT+ pride element of the Jubilee pageant.

The pageant, part of national celebrations of 70 years of reign by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, took the opportunity to celebrate 50 years of the pride movement towards equality in the U.K. and around the globe.

Dr Mike Hill was chosen to ride a rickshaw containing veterans of the very first parade in 1972 because of his charity work.

As well as being an A&E doctor working in the military, he is also a trustee of Manchester-based national charity LGBT Foundation and also a trustee of Fighting With Pride which supports LGBT+ veterans.

“It was an absolute honour to represent the LGBT+ community in the pageant as our nation has become more diverse and inclusive over the course of Her Majesty’s reign”, he said.

“And the noise from the crowd was truly amazing, showing that the majority of our country of accepting of people no matter their gender identity or who they love” he added.

Mike joined the Royal Navy shortly after the ban on military service was lifted and has spent the last two decades working to make the Royal Navy more inclusive.

He co-founded Pride in Defence, a collaboration network working to make our Armed Forces and defence sector more inclusive and is also an ambassador for the workplace organisation Trans In The City.

More recently, he has been the driving force behind Operation Equality, a new service from LGBT Foundation that is providing a befriending service to military personnel and veterans and their families who face loneliness and isolation.

“I’m so proud I have been able to support and see work to help support our LGBT+ veterans, many of whom continue to suffer from the past policy today.”

Operation Equality is being launched later this month to mark Armed Forces Day. Further details can be found at lgbt.foundation/operation-equality