Blackpool RFA sailor gets medal

<<... Blackpool sailor gets medal for LGBT maritime diversity work.

A sailor who is the first recipient of the Merchant Navy Medal for LGBT+ work across the maritime sector has told of the bullying he experienced early in his career at sea.

Second Officer Paul Owen, 53, from Blackpool, is one of 16 mariners to receive the state award for outstanding service and contribution to the sector, which is delivered by the Department for Transport.

Through his career he championed minority groups rights, particularly women and LGBT+ members.

He is due to be appointed LGBT+ Champion when he returns to the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries later this year...>>

From the short film clip where he describes his RN experience before joining the RFA:
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The Medal?

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Described as the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service, should fit in quite neatly among his impressive rack.





Not my scene but nevertheless seems well deserved so BZ to your man.
 
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Union Jack

Lantern Swinger
<<... Blackpool sailor gets medal for LGBT maritime diversity work.

A sailor who is the first recipient of the Merchant Navy Medal for LGBT+ work across the maritime sector has told of the bullying he experienced early in his career at sea.

Second Officer Paul Owen, 53, from Blackpool, is one of 16 mariners to receive the state award for outstanding service and contribution to the sector, which is delivered by the Department for Transport.

Through his career he championed minority groups rights, particularly women and LGBT+ members.

He is due to be appointed LGBT+ Champion when he returns to the Royal Fleet Auxiliaries later this year...>>

From the short film clip where he describes his RN experience before joining the RFA:
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The Medal?

View attachment 59513
Described as the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service, should fit in quite neatly among his impressive rack.





Not my scene but nevertheless seems well deserved so BZ to your man.
Very well said and nicely put. Also intriguing to see RFA officers wearing an aiguillette, especially on the right shoulder, the royal rather than the staff side.

Jack
 
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Drakey

War Hero
There was a time when you were castigated for being gay. Now you get medal. How times have changed....
 
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