Generation Brexit

Brexit could threaten the legal rights of the LGBTQ+ community in England

Martin Adnet
Martin Adnet | 9 months ago | in LGBT+ rights

In the EU charter, which applies to all countries that are part of the European Union, Article 21 stipulates that people cannot be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation. Although it helps protect LGBTQ+ rights across the country, this kind of all encompassing legal protection is threatening to slip away post-Brexit. Once the EU charter stops applying to England, there will no longer be an established law to protect these kinds of rights. It is exceedingly important that these rights are set in stone before the charter runs out. Despite the massive move towards increased rights for marginalized groups, there still exists forms of hatred against the LGBTQ+ community across England. Having these rights suddenly unprotected by the charter may result in a regression of rights, or worse. 

There already exists some preliminary form of anti-discrimination laws specific to England called the Equality Act, passed in 2010, protecting discrimination against certain "protected characteristics" (i.e. disability, sex/sexual orientation, religion, etc.) Unfortunately, it doesn't really count the same as the EU charter, being as it doesn't fully assert the right to not be discriminated against. Furthermore, there are big differences between a law that protects across the entire EU and one that applies only to England. The English laws are nowhere near as comprehensive as the charter, and the British LGBTQ+ community will certainly feel the repercussions post-Brexit 



Eduardo Scheuren 9 months ago

The UK has to make it a top priority to protect the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination once they leave the European Union. England has always been a bit slow in passing laws to protect the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. The EU charter is really what accelerated LGBTQ+ equality in the UK during the 21st century. Many famous British figures were members of the LGBTQ+ community and Alan Turing, for example, was prosecuted for homosexual acts. The UK is going to have ensure the LGBTQ+ of their rights soon after Brexit in March 2019.

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