The Queen missed Monday’s Commonwealth Day festivities in London but delivered a recorded message some believe contains an important step forward in LGBT rights.
The Commonwealth adopted a new charter committing all members to opposing discrimination and stand up for equal rights. It reads, "We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, color, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
Gay rights group Stonewall said it was the "first time that the queen has publicly acknowledged” that she has LGBT subjects.
But others disagree. Peter Tatchell was born in Australia and currently is a LGBT rights campaigner in London. He says the Queen still hasn’t said the words “Gay” or “Lesbian”, and points out that most of the Commonwealth nations still enforce anti-Gay laws imposed by the British during the colonial era.