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These LGBTI people demand a second referendum on Brexit and here’s why

These LGBTI people demand a second referendum on Brexit and here’s why

People's Vote march, 20 October 2018

These LGBTI people are demanding a second referendum (also known as a People’s Vote) on Brexit.

A new report detailed how leaving the European Union will negatively affect LGBTI people.

It looks at the protections at risk from free movement to asylum seekers, relationships and employment.

Give us the final say

The greatest concern, the report stated, is the loss of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The Charter is the only legally binding international human rights document that protects LGBTI people.

‘Brexit will reduce the UK’s global influence and have an impact on LGBTI rights further afield,’ the report read.

LGBT+ for a People's Vote at the 700,000 strong march in London
LGBT+ for a People’s Vote at the 700,000 strong march in London in October 2018. | Photo: Scott Nunn

Moreover, the end of free movement will deprive LGBTI couples of certain securities. Such as the reassurance of travelling to another country for work with their spouse.

The report added: ‘There is a risk that the plight of LGBT asylum applicants (and the structural indignities they confront) will only be reinforced in post-Brexit Britain.’

For these reasons and more, LGBTI people are calling on the UK Government to go back to the people on how they want to proceed with Brexit.

The report actually revealed 71% of LGBT voters would choose Remain in a second Brexit referendum.

So LGBTI people are taking to the streets tomorrow (23 March) in London to demand a final say. For more information, visit the LGBT+ for a People’s Vote Facebook event page.

Lauren

‘I support a people’s vote because as a black woman in the LGBT+ community, I am worried about the disproportionate risk that Brexit may have on me and people like me.’

 

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Bears Against Brexit

‘Fighting against Brexit is about fighting for our hard won rights. We’re old enough to have been on the early pride marches — we’ve seen the journey. We are stronger in the EU and more protected. We want Britain to be a place on the map where all are welcome and safe to love whomever they please.’

 

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River Gallo

‘Everyone should be able to live, love and work wherever they want to without restrictions. If Brexit will hurt that — then I can’t support it.’

Intersex filmmaker, River Gallo
Intersex filmmaker, River Gallo. | Photo: LGBT+ for a People’s Vote / Facebook

Connor O’Hara

‘I support a People’s Vote because I believe we deserve better.’

 

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Ali

‘Brexit has seen a change in attitude in the public. People say things now, that they wouldn’t have dreamed of saying out loud before. It’s given hate a platform and I hate the fact that it’s tearing the country apart. I want see the LGBT+ community come together, to make our voices heard.’

 

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James Kieran Doran

‘I am a liberal, I am European and I want a world where borders, labels and definitions are reduced so we look at people as the individuals they are. A People’s Vote is the only democratic way to proceed with the Brexit debate, now that we finally understand what Brexit really means.’

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James Kieran Doran. | Photo: Supplied

Grace

‘Europe is my heritage. A part of who I am. Although I’ve lived in the UK all my life, my granddad emigrated here from Tyrol, Italy in his early 20s. Speaking several languages, he arrived in the UK to work as a tour guide. Eventually he met my nan on one of his infamous tours and sweet talked her into a date. He later moved over here permanently, got married, and had three kids. One of whom is my mum. I want to enjoy the same freedom of movement that generations before me have.’

 

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Murray Hawthorne

‘I support a People’s Vote because Brexit threatens the hard fought for rights of the LGBT+ community. This deal takes away the right to live, work and love across the EU — rights generations before me have enjoyed!’

 

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Hannah Rose and Jake Graf

Hannah: ‘The Brexit we were sold is not the Brexit we are having. I just think it’s right, with whichever way you vote, that we have a clear choice based on what is the reality.’

For more information on the People’s Vote rally tomorrow (23 March), visit the LGBT+ for a People’s Vote Facebook event page.

Read the full Brexit report on how it will negatively affect LGBTI people.

See also:

This is why LGBTI people are trying to stop Brexit happening in 23 days

‘Brexit is an act of incredible national negligence’

Most Pro-Brexit MPs don’t support LGBTI rights, damning report shows