Gay Star News looks back at the Commonwealth's journey to equality
When Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in the early 50s, gay people were living in fear.
Depending on where they lived, they could be executed or imprisoned and most had no choice but to find loveless marriages.
Across six decades, the monarch of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has seen great changes across her reign.
There is much more to do, because nine out of 14 countries where Elizabeth II is Queen still consider homosexuality to be a criminal act.
So we have picked out a few of the most important events in the Commonwealth realms in the journey to equality.
Queen Elizabeth II is monarch of some of the most homophobic countries in the world.
However there is more debate happening, and the years lining up to her next jubilee could be the most productive of all for gay rights.