Generation Brexit

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Britain, together with its European partners, has been a leader in promoting LGBT+ rights at home and abroad.

1. Will Brexit hamper these rights in the UK?

2. After leaving the EU, what role can the UK have in promoting LGBT+ rights?

3. How can the UK work with the EU to further LGBT+ equality across the world?

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This topic has been developed in cooperation with Pride in London. 

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One of the primary concerns with Brexit is that the UK will no longer have to follow specific EU laws and regulations concerning the protection of LGBT+ groups. Though government officials have been dismissive of concerns about discrimination, and claimed that UK protections for LGBT+ people will be just as comprehensive, this is simply not true. One specific document, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, is incredibly important. Furthermore, the government will not be adopting this...

Adam Xie
by Adam Xie
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Adam Xie

The Charter of Fundamental Rights, an EU law, used to be the fundamental protection for LGBT+ rights in the UK. Now, with Brexit going into effect, it will no longer exist, and the pressure is on for the UK government to put strict protections into UK law. Leaving the EU may not seem like the largest revolution, especially with the consistent, singular British identity that's always existed. However, it does represent isolation in a world that is growing exponentially more interconnected...

Dharaa Rathi
by Dharaa Rathi
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Dharaa Rathi

The idea that Brexit will affect gay rights is a reflection of the liberal media’s attempts to terrify citizens of the potential consequences of Brexit. Britain’s equality act, that has no connection with the E.U, outlaws “discrimination and harassment related to certain personal characteristics.” Sexual orientation is included in the “protected characteristics” of the law, meaning that under British law, not E.U law, the livelihood of members of the LGBTQ community are protected. News...

Tatiana Harris
by Tatiana Harris
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Tatiana Harris

While the government verbally committed that legislation will ensure that the rights of the LGBTQ+ community are protected, the Leave vote highlighted the very real tensions that exist between groups within British society. Leave voters reasons for voting this way vary but one of the main issues was in recreating a sense of national identity. That identity met with an increased desire to limit immigration, making minority groups feel unwanted within their own country. As Britain has...

Megan Kahn
by Megan Kahn
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Megan Kahn

Ensuring the LGBT+ rights go far beyond legislation.  While Equality Act 2010 and Marriage Act 2013 provide a solid basis for LGBT rights in the UK, there is still a long way to go in LGBT rights.  Equality is not achieved until people feel safe belonging to the minority.  Although UK boasts itself as being a leader on LGBT rights in Europe, the National LGBT Survey of 108,000 LGBT people administered by the UK government in July revealed that prejudice and discrimination is still a big...

Chris Oh
by Chris Oh
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Chris Oh

The UNESDOC states, “Gender equity means fairness of treatment for men and women according to their respective needs”, while equality means judging people based on qualities other than gender. UK must consider “equality is the end goal, equity is the means to get there” when creating policies for LGBT+ community.

Ji Eun Hong
by Ji Eun Hong
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Ji Eun Hong

Britain’s departure from the EU will be met with a number of changes within the government, particularly around what legislation adopted from the EU will remain or be removed from British law. One of the articles to leave is the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which previously prevented discrimination on grounds of a person’s identity under Article 21. While both political parties have verbally agreed that the rights of LGBT+ citizens will remain protected, just as under the EU, there fails...

Megan Kahn
by Megan Kahn
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Megan Kahn

One of the greatest impact Brexit will have on the LGBT community is the ability to freely move between EU states, especially with a partner who is not a European citizen. Currently, EU citizens in the LGBT community are able to bring their partners to another EU state because of the “LGBT inclusive” definition of family. After Brexit, the EU seems to want to further improve these policies and make it easier for LGBT peoples to travel. How will the UK help the LGBT community after Brexit? Or...

Ji Eun Hong
by Ji Eun Hong
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Ji Eun Hong

In the last five years, the number of hate crimes in England and Wales has more than doubled, according to statistics by Home Office. Although this rise is partially due to improvements in the way crimes are recorded, they have also noted jumps in crime rates after events like the EU referendum and 2017 terrorist attacks.  For those concerned that Brexit would be a setback on the progress made regarding LGBT rights, the continuation of these trends would be an alarming insight to what...

Jackie Yang
by Jackie Yang
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Jackie Yang

While Britain has made great strides in the protection of LGBTQ rights, there are still many challenges for the LGBTQ community as many members try to find acceptance into society. With the previous prohibition of teaching about homosexuality in schools, the stigma around identifying as gay, lesbian, or bisexual is still very much so prevalent today. With younger generations more inclined to identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual early education can help people understand their feelings and...

Megan Kahn
by Megan Kahn
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