The Queen is set to sign a historic charter promoting gay rights and gender equality in a move campaigners hailed as a “watershed” for Britain’s antiquated anti-gay legislation.
The queen will make a live television speech to abolish discrimination against homosexuals and promote the “empowerment” of women. This marks the first time that the Queen has exercised her support for gay rights.
The queen is expected to stress the importance of including everyone in the declaration of human rights.
This clearly is the one of the most controversial acts of her reign.
The charter reads, “We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, color, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
Even though the charter does not come right out and say the words “gay” or “homosexuality,” the Queen reportedly recognizes that “other grounds” covers it all and that she is behind the movement.
A diplomatic source states, “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.”