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Danisi, Dustin and Ferreira, ‘Queering Brexit: What’s in Brexit for Sexual and Gender Minorities?’, 2019

Danisi, C., Dustin, M. and Ferreira, N., ‘Queering Brexit: What’s in Brexit for Sexual and Gender Minorities?’, in Dustin, M., Ferreira, N. and Millns, S. (eds.), Gender and Queer Perspectives on Brexit. Gender and Politics Series . Palgrave, 2019 (forthcoming)


On 24 June 2016, many people had the feeling that they had gone to bed the night before in the United Kingdom and had woken up in Little Britain – a country prone to isolationism and protectionism, risking hurting its economic and social development for the sake of imperial nostalgia and moral panic about ‘loss of sovereignty’ and ‘mass migration’. That feeling inevitably affected many individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and other (LGBTIQ+). Although the possible impact of Brexit seems to have been scrutinised from most angles, there has been limited analysis of how it may affect LGBTIQ+ individuals. This contribution assesses Brexit in relation to the situation of LGBTIQ+ individuals. This is particularly timely in the light of the recent UK Supreme Court decision in Walker v Innospec Limited, where the Court relied on European Union (EU) law to hold a provision of the Equality Act 2010 unlawful for violating pension rights of same-sex couples.