Brexit, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: What about the People?
The UK in a Changing Europe, 2018
3 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2018
Date Written: November 20, 2018
Slowly, but surely, awareness is increasing about the possible impact of Brexit on individuals who identify, or are identified as, members of minorities based on their sexual orientation or gender identity (SOGI). After explorations of this theme by Wintemute and by us, Cooper, Cooper et al., and the Trade Union Congress all alerted people to the potentially detrimental effect that Brexit may have on SOGI minorities.
It is critical to note that these SOGI minorities are far from monolithic, and any potential impact of Brexit for them will be different at a sub-group and even at an individual level. Broad-brush, abstract policy analyses on this theme – as on any other theme – fail to capture the essentially individual nature of the relationship between SOGI minorities and Brexit, as one of the most divisive and hotly contested topics in British society for many decades.
In this short piece, we wish to delve into that individuality, bringing to the fore just some of the voices within the ‘SOGI minorities’ umbrella and listening to their concerns, fears and hopes in relation to Brexit – both specifically related to their identity and more generally about life after Brexit.
Keywords: Brexit, Human Rights, Transgender Studies, Sexuality, Gender Identity, Stereotypes, Prejudice, Discrimination, Hate Speech, Hate Crimes, European Union, European Union Politics, LGBT, equality, discrimination
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