LGBT group launches leave campaign

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An LGBT group has launched their campaign for Britain to leave the EU. Out and Proud, who are not affiliated with any political party, will aim to bring together members of the LGBT community who think that the UK would be better off outside of the European Union. The group will organise a number of events in the run up to the referendum on 23rd June as well as hosting articles and comments pieces covering a range of related topics on their outandproud.org.uk website, which launched Monday.

Adam Lake, Director of Out and Proud, commented, “One of the main purposes of the group is to dispel the myth that LGBT rights in the UK derive from EU membership. Out of 28 EU members six still do not formally recognise gay relationships in any form, sixteen have opted not to legalise gay marriage and seven feel so strongly that the concept of gay marriage is abhorrent that they have a constitutional ban on it ever coming into place. Conversely the decriminalisation of same sex acts, equal age of consent, equal partnerships and marriages, LGBT adoption and equal access to IVF and the right to change gender have all come in to place because of laws created and passed by the UK parliament.”

Out and Proud are asking supporters to create ‘Coming Out’ videos and post on social media under the hashtag #EUComingOut in a bid to encourage others to share their views. 

“It’s really important that LGBT people who support the leave campaign can do so without having to share a platform those who perhaps do not have the same commitment to LGBT equality as we do,” added Adam Lake. “This is about providing an opportunity for LGBT people to debate the issues in a positive and inclusive way so that everyone can make an informed choice on 23rd June.”

The group will be hosting a launch event in London on 23rd March, for more information about the campaign, or to get involved, please visit outandprouduk.org.uk or email info@outandproud.org.uk.