Generation Brexit

Polarizing ideas

Tatiana Harris
Tatiana Harris | 5 months ago | in LGBT+ rights

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 sources, like the Independent, have responded to Brexit by aligning with the fears of the far left, in order to appeal to a specific demographic. This is another example of the media creating more division in society, by isolating an entire demographic from their own government. While many people our age focus on the polarizing effects of the far-right, the far-left is also culpable. Responses like this one, further polarize the citizens of a country, because they insight unnecessary uneasiness on topics that will most likely be unaltered by big political transformations, like Brexit.  

Whitney Dankworth 5 months ago

Noting that much of the polarization and misinformation in the 2015 Brexit campaign came from the right, to what degree do you think the left has engaged in similar tactics?

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Dharaa Rathi 5 months ago

I agree with your point about the liberal media overhyping fear, but I think it's worth acknowledging that similar polarization comes from conservative media and pundits, not only in the UK, but worldwide. Aside from seeking economic independence, Brexit voters were making a statement, rejecting anything that is "other," and typically, the LGBT community falls under this category.

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