LGBT Young People Give Their Reaction to EU Referendum Result

LGBT Youth Scotland asked representatives of LGBT Youth Scotland’s National Youth Council to give their reaction to the EU referendum result, after the dust has had time to settle. In their own words, this is what they had to say: 

Chris Timmins (17):

“When the result came out I was pretty scared, and uncertain about my future. I think young people now, more than ever, need to make sure that our voices are heard and fight for what we believe in, regardless of whether you were a leave or remain supporter. Young people should also know that it will be ok, even if it doesn’t seem that way at the moment.” 

Finn Haggerty (16):

“I am quite happy after the brexit vote but I think our message to young people should be if you have the ability to vote then do so because each vote matters and don't listen to fear-mongering people because that'll just cause unnecessary panic.” 

Alex Gardner (25):

“I'm angry cause 16 and 17 year olds didn't get to vote on something that will change their lives dramatically. I'm angry that the EU ref wasn't explained enough or advertised enough for people to fully understand what's going on. Our best option going forward is to do our best to stay in the EU or get back in somehow. Young people are gonna lose out on more than they know if we don't and not just funding but opportunities for travel and work abroad.”  

Megan McIntyre (17):                                                                                                     

“I’m just annoyed that as a 17 year old I wasn’t given the chance to vote in something so life changing . It’s just crap because I am very politically active and aware, and I know a lot of my age group are yet when it comes down to it we aren’t even asked our opinions when this is the country that I will grow up in.

"I'd much rather I was growing into an adult in a stable job market, stable economy and with a wonderful alliance of amazing countries which have the peoples best interests at heart” 

Michael Gowan, MSYP (22):

"We all just have to wait and see what the leave vote will bring, but I'll admit, I'm worried. I'm worried when we have people... talking about potentially deporting EU Migrants - that's our friends being used as bargaining chips. I'm worried that young people won't be seen as people; that our needs will be reduced to a negotiation position, only to be discarded for trade rights, or similar. I'm worried that the voice of my generation won't be heard; that our low turnout in the referendum will be used as an excuse to ignore our needs and opinions.

More than anything, I worry we're forgetting that we're talking about a massive impact on everyone’s lives - each day we hear politicians quote figures about how we'll be £350 million a week better off, or £60 million worse off. But we don't hear what that'll mean for us as individuals. What will happen to the rights of workers? As a disabled, LGBT youth, will I still have the same legal protection I did before the referendum? Maybe things will work out in the end, but with the political infighting we're seeing in the major parties, I don't think it can."