All You Need to Know about Gay Rights in the UK

Gay rights in the UK

Gay men and women have worked hard to tackle homophobia and discrimination against them. Things have improved in recent years after the gay movement’s success, but most people still do not know much about their gay rights in the UK. Also, there is a constant worry about how things would change with a political field change. That is especially true after Brexit, which then defined destroyed Theresa May.

The upside is that lawmaking transfer from the European Union will only complete after December 31, 2020. It is supposed that there won’t be any dramatic overnight changes to gay rights in the UK. But, the issue does not stop here, as there is always criticism from other parties. It includes the UK Independence Party (UKIP), which has always been in favor of Brexit but is known for its anti-LGBT stances as well. Therefore, gay men need to educate them about their gay rights in the UK.  

Can I Get Married to My Gay Partner in the UK?

Yes, you can. Thanks to the ever-going gay movement, you no longer need to hide your relationship under “Civil Partnerships,” as you are free to celebrate your love in public after the Marriage Act 2014. If you are in a civil partnership with your gay partner, you can convert it into a marriage without an issue. Bear in mind, though; not all faith organizations would agree to marry gay couples in churches.

Is It Possible to Adopt or Foster Kids as LGBT Couples?

Same-sex couples are free to foster or adopt a child together in the UK after the Adoption and Children Act 2002, which became law in December 2005. You will have to work with a local authority or find specific organizations in the UK to apply to foster or adopt. While you do not need to live in the local authority where you apply, you will still have to complete an assessment to become a foster or adoptive parent.  You also need to be aged 21 or over to be able to adopt.

Can You Raise Voice Against Discriminatory Educational Policies?

Yes, you should not tolerate discrimination in schools and educational institutes because of a person’s protected characteristics. These include belief/religion, sexual orientation, and gender reassignment. As per the Department for Education, schools need to ensure that students also understand the importance of equality. Teaching also needs to be age-appropriate and sensitive in approach and content. It is worth mentioning that schools are still free to decide when to teach students more about LGBT.

Do I Have the Same Healthcare Rights as Heterosexual Couples?

Yes, you should receive healthcare services that are equal and fair. Be sure to ask for a doctor’s policy on equality before you register as a patient. It is the duty of NHS staff to keep your information confidential to maintain health records’ security. You can also file a complaint if a health service treats you unfairly because of your gender identity or sexual orientation.

What Are Housing Options Available to Gay Men in the UK?

You can always choose specific options such as extra-care housing, sheltered housing, or care homes in older age. It is possible to get your name added to the tenancy agreement if your partner is already living in a rental apartment. You do not need to be in a civil partnership or married to acquire this benefit. The tenancy will transfer to you in case your partner dies. Keep in mind that it is hard to transfer the tenancy to you if you and your partner are not joint tenants. You should be married then or in a civil partnership, or you may have to offer proof of your relationship, such as joint bills, accounts, etc.

What Are Your Gay Rights in the UK to Private Pension?

If your civil partner dies, you will receive his occupational pension. However, you will receive survivor’s benefits depending on your partner’s contributions from 2005 onwards. It is also important to get married or be in a civil partnership to receive survivor benefits from private pension schemes.

What Should You Do When Mistreated Base on Your Sexual Orientation?

Thanks to the Equality Act 2010, you are now protected against any discrimination at work or when accessing services in general. It is important that you first use the organization’s standard complaint system to register your concerns. If you do not feel satisfied with their response, you can take legal actions because there are strict laws in place.

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