Generation Brexit

Solidifying LGBT+ rights

Megan Kahn
Megan Kahn | 7 months ago | in LGBT+ rights

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 to be legal proof of such intentions. LGBT+ citizens can still rely on Britain’s Equality Act to protect their hard fought for rights, but unlike the Charter, this specific legislation can be amended with a simple majority, thereby not as concretely protecting its citizens. The departure from the EU should not represent a departure from protecting human rights. The clear inclusion of law maintaining the rights of the LGBT+ community, similar to the Charter, should be explicitly included. While it is unlikely that there will be an regression in human rights after Brexit, Parliament should still legally acknowledge LGBT+ rights.

Ji Eun Hong 7 months ago

I agree and I fear that LGBT+ policies may be put at the bottom of the list of things to do after Brexit due to the vast number of other issues the Parliament must discuss. The legalization of same-sex marriage in the UK only five years ago was a huge leap for the LGBT+ community. Since the UK is seen as a "leader on LGBT rights in Europe", I hope that they maintain this title and continue to push for policies that provide equal opportunities and rights to the LGBT+ community.

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Dharaa Rathi 7 months ago

Definitely, it's impossible to ignore that Brexit represents a regression in all minority rights, LGBT+ members included.

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