Queen Elizabeth pledges to fight LGBTQ discrimination

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II makes a speech in the House of Lords at the official State Opening of Parliament in London. Photo via AP by Carl Court.

In her address to Parliament this Wednesday, Queen Elizabeth II promised to protect the LGBTQ community from hate crimes and discrimination.

The Queen's Speech is traditionally delivered annually at the beginning of the Parliamentary year to outline policies and laws needing work or approval.

"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," she said. It was the first time that any mention of LGBTQ rights have been included in the Queen's Speech.

This speech comes at a time where members of conservative parties in the United Kingdom have put human rights under fire, adding to the weight of her speech.

The full Queen's Speech can be found here via the BBC.

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