What could Brexit mean for LGBTQI communities?

Launched in Parliament at the beginning of March 2019 by Gay Star News and LGBT+ For A People’s Vote, the LGBT+ Brexit Impact Assessment explores how Brexit might impact LGBTQI communities here in the UK.

I mean, just in case we weren’t busy enough living life as queer women in a cishet world, we now have to think about Brexit (not that we weren’t already) and the way it’s going to impact the LGBTQI community specifically. 

The main issue is the loss of the European Charter Of Fundamental Rights, which is the only legally binding international human rights document that protects LGBT+ people. 

Joanna Cherry, a Scottish National Parliament (SNP) MP, said: “I came out in 2015 during my elections. One of the reason I think a People’s Vote is so important is because we have not considered properly what it will mean for LGBT+ people, for women and indeed any minority group.

“I don’t want the UK to be a place on the map where LGBT+ people are not welcome. When I stand up and speak about LGBT+ rights, we have to make sure we remember the T in LGBT+.

“It terrifies me that we will not be party to the Charter For Fundamental Rights once we leave. I think that’s why this report is so important, and this is such an important moment.”

Two things seemed blatantly obvious in the report discussed in Parliament at the event: members of the LGBT+ community overwhelmingly voted to remain, and the UK leaving the EU does not paint a pretty picture for the future of the LGBT+ community in the UK. Read more via Diva Mag