Generation Brexit

Education on LGBTQ and mental health

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Megan Kahn
Megan Kahn | 8 months ago | in LGBT+ rights

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 attitudes on the subject, allowing their early development to encourage acceptance of all people and even themselves. As LGBTQ members are more inclined to experience suicidal thoughts, self-harm and higher levels of anxiety than straight people, it is important for society to address that the LGBTQ community still experiences hardships despite legal protection from the government. Merely legal establishment of their place in society is not enough to help LGBTQ people. There should be better education on the topic of homosexuality and mental health to ensure that the LGBTQ community is not only legally protected, but welcome and accepted in greater society the same as heterosexual people. 

Megan Kahn 8 months ago

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40743946

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Ryan Murphy 8 months ago

I think that younger people should have more education about LGBT issues in their schooling years. Also, when sexual health is taught, schools should also address this in detail.

But, how does this relate to the issue of Brexit? Are you saying that LGBT issues will be in jeopardy if we leave the EU?

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Megan Kahn 8 months ago

While I do think the British government should consider stronger protection of LGBTQ rights after Brexit, I was more addressing the 3rd question about both the UK and EU working to further LGBTQ equality, where both groups should consider stronger education of mental health and LGBTQ issues, as it is typically a topic either avoided entirely or presented in a negative light.

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Ryan Murphy 8 months ago

Yes, I agree. I imagine that LGBTQ issues will grow parsimoniously together between Britain and Europe, regardless of political borders. I see the LGBTQ struggle as more of a global issue that stretches across borders and cuts through governments.

Take the Brazilian election recently, LGBTQ activists will keep a close eye on Brazil from around the world and will be particularly to the new Bolsonaro government if he happens to turn out to enact anti-LGBTQ laws.

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Rutvik Ashtikar 7 months ago

I completely agree that the general public is extremely uninformed on the complexities of homosexuality and mental health. As the majority of the focus during Brexit negotiations remains on economics, we musn't forget to account for our minority populations and their issues.

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Megan Kahn 7 months ago

I completely agree, while this has not remained a key agenda item for the government, it is a very prominent issue in British society, especially as many members of the LGBTQ+ community are concerned about their rights after Brexit.

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