Queen Elizabeth Announces Plans To Ban Conversion Therapy

Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II (photo: Depositphotos)

In her speech to UK Parliament today, Queen Elizabeth II announced the government’s plans to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy,’ which has been discredited by the NHS and the World Psychiatric Association.

From Gay Times:

“Measures will be brought forward to address racial and ethnic disparities and ban conversion therapy,” said the Queen.

She added that the government will “strengthen and renew democracy and the constitution” as well as “protect freedom of speech and restore the balance of power between the executive, legislature and the courts.”

Following the Queen’s speech, Liz Truss, Minister for Women and Equalities, confirmed that the legislation would come to fruition after a public consultation.

“As a global leader on LGBT+ rights, this government has always been committed to stamping out the practice of conversion therapy,” she said.

Back in 2019, then-Prime Minister Teresa May pledged to end conversion therapy, but no meaningful action came about. Current Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been pretty silent on the issue except to call the practice “absolutely abhorrent” during a school visit last year.

Read the full article at Gay Times.

As I’ve reported here many times, conversion therapy, also known as ‘ex-gay therapy,’ has been widely denounced as discredited pseudoscience by leading professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychological Association.

Studies have shown that the controversial practice can lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide.

Trump Lies Again About Keeping The Queen Of England Waiting

Donald Trump lies about being late to meet the Queen of England

 At last night’s rally for Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, the Trumpster claimed that the ‘fake news’ erroneously reported he had been 12 minutes late for his meeting with Queen Elizabeth, despite the fact that news cameras captured the monarch waiting for the president to arrive.

“I landed and I’m on the ground and I’m waiting with the king’s and the queen’s guards. I’m waiting. I was about 15 minutes early and I’m waiting with my wife and that’s fine. Hey, it’s the queen, right? We can wait. But I’m a little early.

“So I then go up and meet the queen and she is fantastic. We then go up and we have tea. And I didn’t know this it was supposed to last for 15 minutes but it lasted for like an hour because we got along. We got along!

“So here’s the story by the fake news. ‘The president was 15 minutes late for the Queen!’ Wrong.”

Here’s what the world saw:

Queen Elizabeth II Vows To Protect LGBTs From Discrimination

During Queen Elizabeth II’s address to Parliament today, her Majesty specifically promised to protect LGBTs from discrimination.

From the speech:

“My ministers will seek to enhance rights and protections in the modern workplace. 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.”

Additionally, there was conspicuously no mention of President Trump visiting the UK this fall causing some to wonder if the trip has now been cancelled.

The speech is cued up below for the mention of LGBT protections.

News Round-Up: September 9, 2015

Some news stories you may have missed:

• Talk about a queen with staying power – Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest reigning monarch in United Kingdom history.

• A year after a repeal campaign led by the infamous Duggar family overturned LGBT protections in Fayetteville, Arkansas, a special election held last night passed an new (although flawed) version of the ordinance 53%-47%.

• Mike Huckabee admits he blocked Sen. Ted Cruz from appearing at the Kim Davis rally.

• Edging up to Donald Trump in the polls, retired surgeon Dr. Ben Carson questions Donald Trump’s “faith.” Smart move or torpedo?

• Caitlyn Jenner is still lukewarm on the idea of marriage equality.

• Rogue county clerk Kim Davis received fan mail while cooling her heels in the hoosegow. I’m sure she’s hoping for lots of checks in those envelopes since her crowd-sourcing campaign has stalled BIG TIME.

Queen Elizabeth Set To Become Britain’s Longest Ruling Monarch

On September 9th Queen Elizabeth will break the record held by her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, and become Britain’s longest-ruling monarch.

Via Yahoo News:

Elizabeth only became queen due to a quirk of history after her uncle Edward VIII abdicated because of his love for American divorcee Wallis Simpson and the crown passed to her father George VI when she was 10 years old. She was just 25 when she became Queen Elizabeth II on Feb. 6, 1952 on the death of her father.

At the time she was on tour in Kenya with her husband Prince Philip, who has been by her side throughout her reign. “In a way I didn’t have an apprenticeship. My father died much too young and so it was all a very sudden kind of taking on and making the best job you can,” she said 40 years later.

She was crowned queen of Britain and other realms, including Australia and Canada, on June 2, 1953, in a televised ceremony in Westminster Abbey. She became the 40th monarch in a royal line that goes back to William the Conqueror, who took the throne in 1066 after winning the Battle of Hastings.

I saw the fascinating play The Audience starring the brilliant Helen Mirren as “Queen Elizabeth” in the West End. The drama chronicles the relationships Elizabeth has had with the many prime ministers during her reign.

What an interesting life Elizabeth has led.

(h/t JMG)

Bryan Fischer’s daily dose of fear mongering featuring Queen Elizabeth II

If you ever needed a good example of “gay fear mongering” from folks like Bryan Fischer, this is it.

The above was tweeted by the notorious Mr. Fischer in reference to Queen Elizabeth II’s plans to sign a document in public tomorrow called the “21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta,” 

One particular line in this document is making headlines around the world because people have interpreted it as the first time Queen Elizabeth will openly support gay rights in her 61-year reign.  While the document alludes to LGBT discrimination, it doesn’t actually mention gays or lesbians.

Via the Daily Mail:

The charter, dubbed a ‘21st Century Commonwealth Magna Carta’ declares: ‘We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’ The ‘other grounds’ is intended to refer to sexuality – but specific reference to ‘gays and lesbians’ was omitted in deference to Commonwealth countries with draconian anti-gay laws. Sources close to the Royal Household said she is aware of the implications of the charter’s implicit support of gay rights and commitment to gender equality.

While I applaud the Queen for a welcome step forward, let’s go back to Mr. Fischer’s tweet.

“Active and aggressive discrimination against Christians…”  Now does “whether rooted in gender, race, color, creed, political belief or other grounds” sound like “active and aggressive” Christian discrimination?

And btw – homosexuality remains illegal in 41 of the 54 Commonwealth nations.

This is how these clowns operate.  Waving red flags and stirring a pot that isn’t even on simmer.

Sad, Mr. Fisher, sad…