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WATCH: British Pol Stuns Crowd & Queen by Hailing Gay Rights Advances at Her Majesty’s 60th Jubilee

In what one disgruntled UK newspaper is calling a “drunken-uncle routine,” Britain’s House of Commons Speaker John Bercow used a speech yesterday marking Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee to boldly praise gay rights advances made during her long reign.

Said Bercow at London’s Westminster Hall, as Her Majesty looked on with a royal but unmistakable “Gurl, are you seriously going there?” reaction:

This is a different Britain from 1952, but not one detached from then. We are in so many ways a much bigger, brighter and better United Kingdom.

This is a land where men and women today are equal under the law and where your people are respected, regardless of how they live, how they look or how they love.

This is a nation of many races, faiths and customs, beginning now to be reflected in Parliament.

All of this progress has occurred during your reign. You have become, to many of us, a kaleidoscope Queen of a kaleidoscope country in a kaleidoscope Commonwealth.

The kaleidoscope reference baffled many Brits. “Did he mean she should be shaken?” asked The Daily Mail. “Or toyed with?”

British gays recognized it as a shout-out to global LGBTI rights group The Kaleidoscope Trust, of which Bercow is the president — and indeed, whose website today proudly touts Bercow’s “Kaleidoscope Queen” speech.

“We congratulate the Speaker on his words,” said Lance Price, the Trust’s executive director, “and on behalf of the millions of LGBT people throughout the Commonwealth, whether free to express their sexuality without danger or not, we offer our own tribute to the kaleidoscope Queen.”

Meanwhile, Bercow’s Conservative Party colleagues were none too pleased by his oration. One Tory pegged it “completely inappropriate for Bercow to be lecturing the Queen on gay rights at any time, let alone when we are celebrating her Diamond Jubilee.”

Photo via Office of John Bercow

By:           Dan Allen
On:           Mar 21, 2012
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  • 15 Comments
    • I have to ask this...
      I have to ask this...

      So the Daily Mail (one of the most pro-Nazi papers in Britain, right up to the war) and some elderly Tories don’t like it. Who cares?

      Mar 21, 2012 at 11:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Robert in NYC
      Robert in NYC

      We can take comfort that subscribers to the right wing rags Daily Mail and The Telegraph are in the minority anyway. Nobody really cares what they think. Their journalism if you could call it that is the yellowest of yellow.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 11:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • oska
      oska

      David Cameron is giving the “what the fuck” look to Mr speaker.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jacob
      Jacob

      Do not think the Bercow speech actually does any good at all, it merely fuels the fire of haters and other bigots. There is a time and place for everything, the Queens address in parliament is an inappropiate choice for pushing the gay agenda.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Callum
      Callum

      I thought it was a rather good speech.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 1:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Xerxes
      Xerxes

      How they live , look, or love? Is this Camilla Parker-Bowles and ugly Prince Charles?

      It was not even purely about gays, it seems also to include the Moslems, Hindus, Asians, blacks who landed in the UK since 1952. The typical tabloids in the UK, love to create a scandal, especially if it involves the monarchy. Anyway, isn’t the monarchy really irrelevant today?

      Mar 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DouggSeven
      DouggSeven

      I highly doubt that old bat equated that speech as her being ‘pro gay rights’ at all. She probably equated it to a visible monority issue and drew a blank, started thinking about tea-time, and soiled herself.
      Who do people in 2012 still care about what ‘royalty’ cares about anyway – she has little actual power in this day and age.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 2:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kev C
      Kev C

      It’s like an Abba song performed by William Shatner.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 6:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sohobod
      Sohobod

      It was Westminster Hall, not Westmister Abbey.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 6:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Allen
      Dan Allen

      @Sohobod: Thanks, you’re so right. Revised above.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan Allen
      Dan Allen

      @Kev C: LOL, that’s exactly what it is. And David Cameron is not dancing.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      Whereupon we celebrate the progress a great nation may accomplish by rendering its monarch a tourist attraction.

      Cheers. Good show.

      Mar 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ggggb
      ggggb

      well he has the only human face so whatever

      Mar 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • fagburn
      fagburn

      Please stop reprinting lies from the Dail Mail.
      Thanks.

      Mar 22, 2012 at 5:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew
      Andrew

      I would say that the speech was about how 60 years of relative stability has enabled Britain to become a multicultural country in a way that would have been hard to imagine when the Queen came to the throne. He obviously isn’t praising the Queen for being right-on on gay issues, but for symbolising a social consensus of tolerance that we all enjoy. I think it entirely appropriate that the Speaker comment on this at this time. He was in no way “pushing a gay agenda” and even my Dad – a loyal Telegraph reader, alas! – would have no problem with the opinions expressed here. Good for you, Mr Speaker!

      Mar 23, 2012 at 10:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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