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Gay Guide United Kingdom
In England, Scotland and Wales the age of consent is 16 years old, equal to that of the heterosexual age of consent. In Northern Ireland the age of consent is currently 17, although this was changed to 16 years old in 2009. Lesbian gay and bisexual people in England, Scotland and Wales are protected by a number of laws. They are protected from discrimination at work, and from discrimination when accessing goods and services, for example, when staying in hotels or when accessing healthcare. In England and Wales, gay marriage has been passed by both the Parliament and the House of Lords under the conservative-liberal government of David Cameron. In contrast to France, hardly any protest has been reported from the public, and only the Churches have put up great resistance, as usual. The Parliament of Northern Ireland has meanwhile rejected gay marriage, making this the only part of Great Britain were lesbians and gays are explicitly denied this right. The referendum to leave the European Union, the so-called "Brexit" won with a very small majority and the departure from the EU has been approved. There were major regional differences regarding the outcome of the referendum, making the political situation in the future unclear. The Scottish Parliament is considering a referendum to withdraw from the United Kingdom after the Scots voted, with a high majority, to stay in the EU. In Northern Ireland there is the risk that a visible border to the Republic of Ireland sets off the regional conflict which raged for decades. With regard to the legal situation for gays and lesbians, the withdrawal from the EU has no visible effect at present.
Cities in United Kingdom
Name: Great Britain · Großbritannien · Grande Bretagne · Royaume-Uni · Gran Bretaña · Gran Bretagna
Location: North-western Europe
International country code: 44 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Area: 242,910 km² / 93,788 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Pound Sterling (£) = 100 Pence
Religions: 72% Anglicans
Climate: The climate is mild and the rainfall is not spectacular. The least hospitable months for visitors are Nov-Feb.
Important gay cities: London, Brighton, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Manchester