Queen Elizabeth Vows to Protect LGBT Community

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By Joel Rouse/ Ministry of Defence [OGL 3 (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3)], via Wikimedia Commons

On Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II addressed Parliament claiming she will handle discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

“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,” she said.

She did not go into specifics for this plan, but the inclusion was timely. According to a recent survey commissioned by Pride in London, nearly half of the LGBT community in London say they were victims of hate crime in the last 12 months.

The remarks were made during the annual State Opening of Parliament, which outlines the UK government’s plans for the next Parliament session. 

Gender recognition laws were not mentioned in the speech despite recent politics. Prime Minister Theresa May told PinkNews before the election:

“We are currently reviewing the Gender Recognition Act to take account of the issues that have been raised about how it operates. I know that for some trans people, the legal process to change their gender can be distressing, so changes do need to be made. We’re looking to move away from the current focus on medical checks towards a system that works better for trans people.”

The Queen gave royal assent for marriage equality back in 2015. According to NewNowNext, she said at the time: “Who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?'”

The last time LGBT rights were mentioned in a Queen’s Speech was 2004 according to PinkNews. The mention included a vow to “increased equality and social justice by bringing forward legislation on the registration of civil partnerships between same-sex couples.”

 


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