Queen Elizabeth makes historic pledge for gay rights

The reigning British monarch scheduled to make a pledge for ‘gender equality’ on live television

Queen Elizabeth makes historic pledge for gay rights
09 March 2013

Queen Elizabeth will go before the world tomorrow and speak in support of LGBT rights.

According to the Daily Mail, she will sign a new Commonwealth Charter meant to stop discrimination against gay and lesbian people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women.

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

Though the Queen’s charter does not explicitly refer to the LGBT community, a diplomatic source said: ‘The impact of this statement on gay and women’s rights should not be underestimated.

‘Nothing this progressive has ever been approved by the United Nations. And it is most unusual for the Queen to request to sign documents in public, never mind call the cameras in’.

Ben Summerskill, chief executive of one of the UK’s largest gay and lesbian rights group Stonewall, 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.

‘Some of the worst persecution of gay people in the world takes place in Commonwealth countries as a result of the British Empire’.

In regards to gender rights, the Queen’s charter says: ‘We recognise that gender equality and women’s empowerment are essential components of human development and basic human rights. The advancement of women’s rights and the education of girls are critical preconditions for effective and sustainable development’.

This marks the Queen’s first commitment to LGBT rights in her 61-year reign, and her first public appearance since leaving the hospital where she was receiving treatment for a stomach bug.

Her Majesty, who last year celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee marking 60 years as reigning figure in the British Commonwealth, will broadcast before the entire world a message of equality being called a ‘21st Century Magna Carta’.

The Queen will sign the document, which could have potential effects for future rulers specifically the offspring of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, at London’s Marlborough House tomorrow, Commonwealth Day.

If the first-born of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is a girl, as rumored, the child would under the new law be allowed to become the Monarch.
 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Minnesota Valentine's Day rally held in support of gay marriage

Supporters of marriage equality in Minnesota are holding a Valentine's Day rally at the Capitol calling for its legalization
No thumbnail available

Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles goes Joe Boxer in holiday video

Singing group does parody of sexy Kmart commercial in holiday undies
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

From George Clooney love affairs to a new Section 28, House of Lords debate gay marriage

In the Report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill planning to give gay couples the right to get married in England and Wales, the upper house talk humanist weddings, lesbian adultery and more
No thumbnail available

Billy Graham's son says gay marriage is sending the US off a 'moral cliff'

Franklin Graham says gay marriage is 'far more destructive to our nation than any economic concerns'
No thumbnail available

Gay ice skater Johnny Weir retires, to still risk arrest in Russia

US performer has announced he will still travel to Sochi as a figure skating analyst for NBC
No thumbnail available

Trans firefighter dreams of becoming Rank 'Gongman'

A firefighter in Hampshire, England, has entered competition to become new face of iconic former movie producer Rank
No thumbnail available

Fry sends poignant message to LGBT children

Stephen Fry would tell 10-year-old self 'don't feel guilty about what you feel'
No thumbnail available

CIA asks gay spies to come in from the cold

America's secret service holds 'first ever' LGBT recruitment evening in Miami's South Beach
No thumbnail available

Kathy Griffin's talk show renewed for a second season

Comedienne's weekly hour on Bravo network is heavy on gay content