Elizabeth Regina Queen of England and Head of the Commonwealth has signed a historic Commonwealth charter that guarantees LGBT Rights.
‘Human Rights na my property. Therefore you cannot dash me my property’ – Fela Kuti in ‘Beast of No Nation’
The Commonwealth Charter states opposition to “all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, color, creed, political belief or other grounds.”
The queen, who is recovering from gastroenteritis after being hospitalized last week, cancelled an event at Westminster Abbey marking Commonwealth Day, but attended an evening reception to sign the charter, according to the Palace.
The charter is still only a symbolic step for many of the 54 countries because homosexuality is still illegal in 41 of the nations in the British Commonwealth.
Embodying centuries of stuffy royal tradition, Britain’s head of state has recently learned to relax a little, showing she’s moving with the times. But never in her 61 years as monarch has she done anything like this before.