Out!

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. 

While it may not have immediate impact on bi people as such we can expect change.

Most LGBT+ equalities that have been won for UK (or at least GB) citizens in the past 20 years have come through European campaigns. We got parenting rights, an equal age of consent, workplace protections and more because Europe forced our unwilling governments to do those things.

For bi people who are from ethnic minorities in the UK we are likely to see an upsurge in abuse and violence as the few who are inclined to doing that kind of thing interpret the 52% as being ‘on their side’.

And the mid to long term economic consequences – a diminished UK economy and the accompanying lower credit rating on the money markets meaning more government spending has to be channelled into paying for national debt – are likely to mean less financial support for LGBT projects and health work that so many people in the bi communities so urgently need.

But our visibility and political and institutional awareness of our needs are stronger than they have ever been.

It looks like there is going to be a storm. Together we will weather it.