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Queen Elizabeth II vows the UK will protect on basis of sexual orientation

Queen Elizabeth II vows the UK will protect on basis of sexual orientation

Elizabeth II delivers the Queen's Speech

Queen Elizabeth II has vowed the UK will protect people based on sexual orientation.

The Conservative party, in an attempt to claw back after their failed bid to win a bigger majority in the UK election, has agreed to work with the homophobic DUP from Northern Ireland.

Written by the Government, the Queen’s Speech was heard moments ago. It centered around securing Brexit and bringing in replacement laws needed for EU exit.

But it did include a part that appears to be a direct comment on the Conservatives working with the controversial Northern Ireland party.

The Queen said: ‘My government will make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability or sexual orientation.’

This is one of the very few times the British monarch has made reference to the LGBTI community in public.

The DUP has blocked same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland multiple times, as well as being against abortion, gay and bi men donating blood, and gay and bi women having access to surrogacy and IVF treatment.

A President Donald Trump state visit is not in the speech, even though the visit by the Spanish monarchy was on the cards. The fact it is left out makes it far less likely the visit will go ahead.

Trump reportedly told Prime Minister Theresa May in a call he did not want to go ahead with the trip if it was likely to cause widespread protests.