Queen Elizabeth Breaks Silence On LGBT Community To Wish Gay Organization Happy Anniversary
In what is believed to be the first time the monarch has ever spoken publicly to gay rights issues, Queen Elizabeth wished U.K. LGBT org Gay Switchboard a happy 40th anniversary.
Queen Elizabeth II has praised a gay charity, in what is believed to be her first ever comment about the LGBTI community.
In her 62-year reign of the UK and the Commonwealth, she has never once visited or become a patron of a charity for gay rights.
And even in reforming laws for the community, such as when homosexuality was decriminalized or same-sex marriage in England and Wales passed into law, the words ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, and ‘transgender’ have never been reported as crossing the lips of the reigning monarch.
But that changed Friday. "Best wishes and congratulations to all concerned on this most special anniversary," the Queen said in a special message to Gay Switchboard.
The organization mans phone lines to provide a "non-judgmental ear" to anyone struggling with sexuality or looking for more information on being LGBTI.
Prime Minister David Cameron joined the Queen in praising the group. "Over the 40 years since it was established, the London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard has made a real difference day in and day out to the lives of LGB&T people," he said. "I would like to pay tribute to the volunteers and staff of the switchboard for their dedication to providing help and support to the LGB&T community and I wish you every success in the future."