History of UK LGBT Rights

The LGBT community has seen steady improvements in regard to rights over the years within the 4 nations of the UK. However, rights protecting these groups of people vary between each one of the different jurisdictions. As the UK was originally becoming established, Christianity often caused rifts within the the LGBT community. This is due to the fact that being gay is widely regarded as a sinful action within the Christian community. In fact, the Buggery Act of 1553 outlawed gay sexual behaviour. Any person who was caught in such acts could be punished by death. However, much has changed since this act was put into place. Between 1967 and 1982, LGBT rights became an important part of the UK agenda.

Upon the turn of the 21st century, the LGBT community has seen much more support from politicians and equal rights groups. Most people within this community cite the Equality Act of 2010 as the major turning point for gay people. One of the major changes which occurred in the UK was the allowance of gay people to serve openly in the military in 2000. This allowed people who were already serving their country a chance to completely be themselves without fear of penalty. It also allowed the military to openly accept people from the LGBT community who actually make a great difference during times of conflict.

Perhaps one of the more historically notable changes for LGBT rights, involves those who are transgender. Historically, transgender people have been discriminated against, persecuted and ridiculed. The operations required to become the opposite sex were illegal for many years. However, in 2005, people who wished to change their gender through an operation were legally allowed to do so. The year of 2005 is also significant for another reason. This is the same year that same-sex couples were allowed to be recognised by being allowed to enter into a civil partnership.

Rights for same-sex couples have continued to be implemented and changed. Earlier laws are now being revisited in order to maintain equal rights for all people who live within the UK. Protection under the law serves many purposes. It allows people from the LGBT community to apply for the same jobs as others without facing discrimination. These laws also provide stiffer penalties for people who commit crimes on others, simply based upon their sexual orientation. As a result, more couples feel comfortable expressing themselves in public.

Britain is often regarded as the region which deserves the most recognition for LGBT rights. Outstanding acts of equality are common here, and people are free to live their lives without fear of persecution. Even though laws are in place to provide equality in other regions of the UK, many of those people still face considerable adversity. Britain has laid the groundwork for all other regions to follow in their foot steps. History is rife with examples of nations which have done the right thing, and those within the UK are the leaders.