Queen Elizabeth will go before the world tomorrow and speak in support of women’s rights and LGBT equality’ on live television tomorrow as her Majesty signs the new Commonwealth Charter meant to stop discrimination against gay and lesbian people and promote the ‘empowerment’ of women.
According to the Daily Mail, 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’.
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’.
While this charter does not specifically refer to LGBT rights and therefore it falls into the ‘other’ category actually makes me feel slightly disappointed.
But you have to take the support from wherever it comes royal or not….