Veteran forced to leave the army for being gay finds the healing power of photography

Jean Macdonald


Former Army servicewoman, Jean Macdonald, from Shropshire, UK, finally feels she belongs to a military family 40 years after being forced to leave the Army due to her sexuality – when it was illegal to be gay in the Armed Forces. 

Jean has recently won a competition to have her stunning photography featured in the charity Help for Heroe (opens in new tab)s’ new 2023 calendar. Jean is one of six amateur photographers from the Armed Forces community to have her talents showcased in the calendar, which celebrates the outdoors and is on sale now (opens in new tab).