James Wharton
James Wharton, originally from North Wales joined the British Army in August 2003.
On completion of his initial training James entered the ranks of the Household Cavalry choosing to be a member of the elite Blues and Royals.

In 2007 James served in Southern Iraq for seven months carrying out his duties as an Armoured Recconassence soldier.

In 2008 he spent 4 months assisting in the training of other troops preparing for active service at the British Army's training facility in Alberta, Canada.

James has played a part on all major state occasions including the State Opening of Parliament, Lord Mayors Parade, Cenotaph Parade, and the Queens Birthday Parade.
In April 2011, James was honoured to be escorting the Sovereign on the occasion of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding.

James was the first openly gay person to appear on the front cover of Soldier magazine, the British Army's official publication, which also had an in-depth article on James' life as its feature.

Marrying his long term partner Thomas in March 2010 James and his husband became the first same sex couple to have their relationship formalised in the Household Cavalry's 350 year history.
They enjoyed the celebrations within the walls of the London barracks.

James has modeled for Ross Watson, who created a painting and a number of photographic portraits of James in August 2011; some of which have been bought by Sir Elton John.
The paining and portraits made their debut in December 2011 in Sydney at Ross' 25th anniversary in art exhibition.

James is currently touring secondary schools in the UK as a positive role model for Stonewall in their Education for All campaign, talking of his experiences as an 'out' gay soldier in the British Military. He has also featured in Stonewall's Role Model guide.

James has ranked in the top 20 of the Independent On Sunday's Pink List for the past 3 consecutive years down to his work fighting homophobia within Britain's Schools and his LGB activism commitments.

His first book, 'Out In The Army: My Life As A Gay Soldier' is released in June 2013 through Biteback Publishing.

James and Thomas currently live in Putney, south west London, with their adorable dog, Pickle.

Entries by James Wharton

With Prince Harry Retiring, the Army Has Lost One of Its Best Young Leaders

(156) Comments | Posted June 20, 2015 | 8:26 AM

Prince Harry retired yesterday after more than ten years service to the army. During that decade he served on the front line in Afghanistan twice, qualified as an Apache pilot, was a forward air controller and even found the time to organise the inaugural Invictus games in London. Alongside all...

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Education Is the Key to Changing Russia

(3) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 7:00 PM

I recently found myself discussing gay equality with a large group of 17 and 18-year-old students at a college in London. I had been booked to talk as part of the college's planned activities to acknowledge LGBT history month, which is currently underway.

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Stench of Thatcher's Section 28 Lingers On

(17) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Anti-bullying week gives us all an opportunity to reflect upon young people and their well-being; it may give some of us the chance to remember a time when perhaps we, ourselves, were bullied - something a lot of us have unfortunately endured. But this year, moreso, a lot of us...

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Great News... If You're Not a Member of the CoE!

(53) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 10:32 AM

Yesterday's announcement of the introduction of equal marriage was completely overshadowed by the fact that members of the Church of England would be excluded from the plans from the offset.

In an attempt to ring home the bells of true equality, the Tory plans have instead created a subsection community,...

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How Can We Expect the Kids to Sort Their Behaviour Out?

(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 7:00 PM

This week thousands of schools and educational institutions around the country will mark National Anti-Bullying Week by focusing on the affects of bullying and the importance of harboring good relations by embracing difference.

I'm lucky to have had a good insight into the work some schools in this country are...

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We've Come So far... Got So Far Left to Go, Too!

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2012 | 8:06 AM

I was delighted to have been asked to join London Titans FC, a gay friendly football team based in South West London for the annual London Gay Pride parade, which was host to this year's World Pride.


Without getting myself lost in...

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Do Councils Really Care about People Living With AIDS?

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Last year, I was asked by The Crescent, an organisation which provides support to people living with, or affected by HIV/AIDS, to become a Patron of their charity, and to become involved in the fundraising that goes with providing such services. I naturally jumped at the opportunity, having...

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My Royal Wedding: A Year On

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 8:00 PM

It's hard to believe that already a year has passed since the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

A year ago on Sunday, I was excitedly sat on my horse - Doncaster, clad immaculately in state regalia, escorting Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh from Westminster...

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Why the Diamond Jubilee is Bloody Brilliant!

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2012 | 5:49 PM


For the second year running, in two months time the people of Britain will be celebrating a gift from the Royal Family. A gift that will, at least for one long weekend in June, take our minds off the misery of the economic...

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What About the Gay Kids?

(9) Comments | Posted March 22, 2012 | 8:00 PM

A family friend recently sounded me out for some important advice. Her son, at the fragile age of 15, had decided to inform her that he felt more attraction to his male classmates, than he did to his female classmates.

Without going all out and exclaiming he is gay,...

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Gay Pride, What's the Point?

(4) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 7:00 PM

I was fortunate enough to be part of National Student Pride last weekend in Brighton.

Now in its seventh year- student pride returned to the city for the fourth time, bringing together students from across the country and in some cases, from far flung learning institutions across...

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Who Died and Made the Church God?

(56) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Gay marriage is coming... And thank the lord!

When I had my civil partnership in 2010, it was simply the happiest day of my life. My husband and I sealed our relationship, forever, in the company of the people we loved the most, with words we had chosen especially for...

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