Skip to comments.Is the Queen homophobic?
Posted on 06/03/2012 2:43:31 PM PDT by presidio9
"Not once in her 60-year reign has the Queen publicly acknowledged the existence of the gay community - or gay members of her own royal family. She has never supported or visited a gay charity. Although she is a patron of many good causes, none of them are gay or serve the gay community. The words 'gay' and 'lesbian' have never publicly passed her lips," said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights advocacy organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
He was speaking in the run-up to this weekend's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Britain, which commemorate Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.
"Even when she announced government plans for gay law reform in her Queen's Speeches to parliament, she did not use the words lesbian or gay. Apparently, mentioning gay people is beneath the dignity of the monarch," he added.
"While she has spoken approvingly of the UK's many races and faiths, for six decades the Queen has ignored lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Britons. If she treated black and Asian Britons in the same way, she'd be denounced as a racist. Why the double standards?
"Whereas most of us now welcome and embrace gay people, the Queen has never done so.
"As our head of state, Elizabeth II is supposed to represent and embrace all British people, not just some. How much longer will the LGBT community have to wait for royal recognition and acceptance?
"There is solid evidence of regal prejudice. Gay staff in the Royal Household used to be banned from bringing their partners to the annual Christmas Ball at Buckingham Palace; whereas heterosexual staff were always invited to attend with their partners. This homophobic discrimination was exposed by the LGBT human rights group OutRage! in 1995. It was only after a protest outside the palace and the ensuing bad publicity that the royals dropped the ban.
"When there are major tragedies involving the loss of life, the Queen often visits the site and the victims in hospital. This did not happen when neo-Nazi, David Copeland, bombed the Admiral Duncan gay pub in Soho, London, in 1999, killing three people and wounding 70 others. At the time, it was the worst terrorist outrage in mainland Britain for many years. To most people's surprise, the Queen did not visit the bombed-out pub or the hospitalised victims.
"Defenders of the monarchy point out that many royal staff are gay men. This is true. So what? Having gay staff wait hand and foot on the Queen is proof of nothing, apart from the fact that she likes well-mannered, well-groomed male servants. It's the equivalent of rich racists claiming that they can't be racist because they employ black staff to clean their homes and cook their meals.
"Ever since the public relations blunders at the time of Princess Diana's death, the Queen has gone to great lengths to be more in touch with the mood of country. She presents the monarchy as modern, compassionate and inclusive; often referring to the value of a diverse multicultural, multifaith society.
"On gay issues, however, she remains curiously out of step with public opinion. While I doubt that Elizabeth II is a hard-core homophobe, she certainly doesn't appear to be gay-sympathetic," said Mr Tatchell.
Long live the Queen. It wasn’t that long ago that homosexuals were considered perverts. Old vets will recall homosexuals being dumped from the military.
Now they teach little kids in school that homosexual behavior is normal ie Johnny has two mommies and schools promote gay and lesbian day.
Perhaps she lives by the credo: “There can only be one Queen.”
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Me, me, me, me, me, me -— jeesh, what losers. So the Queen does not recognize your little group, so you call her a bad name?
Homophilia on his part does not constitute Homophobia on her part.
Exactly. If homosexuality is truly the “wonderful” thing he and his fellow travelers think it is, then why does he constantly need for everyone else on the planet to agree with him? I’m a conservative, Bible-believing Christian and I don’t need anyone to agree with me although I’m happy for those who do.
Do ya think she didn’t notice after knighting Sir Elton, and being introduced to Lady John?
The Queen is NORMAL, and ny NORMAL person destest the gay ACT!....and their AGENDA!!
... she’s not a human being.
Some of my best friends have been queens.
All Hail the Queen!!!!
Hey.....just wait for Charlea to be Queen....he’ll LOVE YOU ALL!!!
Elizabeth’s generation understands that perversion is something to be ashamed of, not celebrated and rewarded. I imagine the idea of “recognizing” what sodomites do would be as repellent and insane to her as it is to other NORMAL people.
Catering to these sodomites has made them think that the world owes them homage.
Very well said, Jim Scott.
Same here. I'm reading Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith, and it strives to be impartial. Elizabeth is revealed as a very kind woman, a devout Christian with conservative views. She also has a big loud laugh and can stalk a deer or change a tire with the best of them!
This asshat Aussie is a cokcsukcing progressive...of the worst stripe
better he chose the UK to screw up than here
this PC environment is tailor made for queers...so many avenues to attract attention to thmselves
“Philip and Elizabeth,” by Gyles Brandreth, is the book I read most recently about the Queen. We also have “Windsor Castle: A Royal Year” on DVD. It’s a fairly recent BBC production about Elizabeth and Philip and all the life going on around them.
I think Elizabeth and Philip are good people, patriotic people, interesting people. Philip’s getting a bit batty in his extremely old age, but probably we all will, if we live long enough.
I like Elizabeth for her staunch patriotism, and her devotion to her horse- and dog-breeding. It seems like Prince William and Catherine will live up to her example. They’re really showing a sense of duty to the family and the nation.