Duncan Lustig-Prean

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Duncan Lustig-Prean
Duncan Lustig-Prean (born 1959)is a former Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy. In 1994 he was dismissed from the Navy when it became known that he was gay. He then helped to found Rank Outsiders, campaigning for the right of gay men and lesbians to serve in the armed forces.

He and others brought a case against the UK – Lustig-Prean and Beckett v the United Kingdom – in the European Court of Human Rights. In 1999 the Court found in their favour,[1] as a result of which the Government suspended dismissals on the grounds of homosexuality, and subsequently changed the law.


  1. http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=001-58407#{%22itemid%22:[%22001-58407%22]}