James Wharton

Author of 'Something for the Weekend: life in the chemsex underworld' and 'Out in the Army: my life as a gay soldier.'

James Wharton was one of the first out gay soldiers in the British Army. He spent ten years in the Household Cavalry, serving in the elite Blues & Royals. During his military career, James undertook a seven month tour of duty in Southern Iraq, had a stint working as Prince Harry's gunner, partook in ceremonial duties including the Trooping of the Colour and the Royal wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and was instrumental in changing attitudes towards sexuality within the armed forces. James has written two books, 'Out in the Army: my life as a gay solder' and 'Something for the Weekend: life in the chemsex underworld.' He has been a columnist for WINQ magazine, and has written for newspapers including the Guardian, Telegraph, Times and Independent. In 2014 James was awarded the Freedom of the City of London, and in 2016 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Glyndwr University. Today, he lives in Stratford upon Avon and is writing his third book.