Generation Brexit

Brexit increases LGBTQ+ fears of social acceptance

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Megan Kahn
Megan Kahn | 2 weeks ago | in LGBT+ rights

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 previously maintained a strong reputation for being progressive and multicultural, this trend of regressing to protectionism and nationalism threaten that identity and the people who fall within it. While it is hard to predict the impact on the LGBTQ+ community, it has certainly increased fear about acceptance within the community these people regard as their home. Britain as a whole must commit to developing a safe and accepting society for all its members as it attempts to redefine what it means to be British after Brexit. Everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or racial background should feel safe within their community. 

Dylan Polley 2 weeks ago

I agree. As Leave Voters push for a more nationalistic UK, they must understand that the UK is made up of people from many diverse backrounds. A truly nationalistic UK will protect everyone under their shared flag

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