Queen Elizabeth to Make Historic Pledge in Support of Gay Rights

Saturday, March 9, 2013


For the first time in 61 years as Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in a live television broadcast Sunday, will sign a new charter designed to stop discrimination against gay people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women, a key part of a new drive to boost human rights and living standards across the Commonwealth.

Dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares:

‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of  discrimination, whether rooted  in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’

The ‘other grounds’ is intended to refer to sexuality but specific reference to ‘gays and lesbians’ was omitted in deference to British Commonwealth member countries who have draconian anti-gay laws.

Sources close to the Royal Household said she is aware of the implications of the charter’s implicit support of gay rights and commitment to gender equality.

In her speech, the Queen is expected to stress that the rights must ‘include everyone’ – and this is seen as an implicit nod to the agenda of inclusivity.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay and lesbian rights group Stonewall, said the Queen – who he called ‘a feminist icon’ – had taken ‘an historic step forward’ on gay rights. He said: ‘This is the first time that the Queen has publicly acknowledged the importance of the six per cent of her subjects who are gay.

Source: DailyMailUK

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10 Responses to Queen Elizabeth to Make Historic Pledge in Support of Gay Rights

  1. feminazi says:

    After a 61 year reign, it’s about time for Elizabeth to include her gay subjects.

  2. Nigel Karsten says:

    A responsible move. God save the Queen!

  3. TOM339 says:

    Glad to see you back blogging. How was the move? I hate moving. Hate it.

    Queen Elizabeth must walk a careful line. She’s prevented from expressing her political views but she can make personal statements about fairness and equality.

    Overall, I think she’s done a good job. A job that would drive me out of my mind.

  4. DMason says:

    It’s said 6% of Britain is gay. This is long overdo.

  5. justajeepguy says:

    Welcome back!

    Let’s remember, she is 86! Proof that you’re never too old to learn.

  6. Fran says:

    “Other grounds” ???– The Queen Mum can’t quite bring her royal self to say “sexual orientation”.
    Half kudos for her half implying those “other people” have rights.

  7. Tiny Dancer says:

    I’m no Royal expert but old girl certainly doesn’t strike me as a homophobe. From all I’ve read, gays have been part of the operation of the Monarchy for at least a century. Maybe longer.

  8. Brigadoon says:

    This is QEII’s swan song. At 86, and in frail health, LGBT inclusion is the right note for her to go out on as she prepares to hand the reigns to her grandson, William and his wife, Kate. I applaud this move and support it.

  9. Pechanga says:

    Glad you’re blogging again, Mr. C.

    The Queen’s proclamation is a start. I think anything further will be accomplished after her grandson becomes Queen. Like I said. This is a start.

  10. Randy Arroyo says:

    Many of the Commonwealth nations are viciously homophobic. It’s amazing to me Queen Elizabeth took this bold step. Like it not, she’s a political figurehead and walks a narrow fence. I think she should be lauded for doing this and not — as some have, criticized.

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