Queen Coming Out For Queers

The Queen of England loves to plan ahead. Her highness and her staff are reportedly working on a legally-minded speech scheduled for November. And, in a show of progressive politics, the royal team’s putting gay pressure on Parliament:

A new equality bill seeking to actively promote equality for lesbian, bisexual and gay people will be formally announced in November’s Queen’s speech.

Early next year it will go through parliament and should become law by the summer of 2009.

The bill is intended to be an extension of the current duty on public authorities to actively promote equality into services like fostering, magistrates courts and health clinics, to make their services more accessible to lesbian, bisexual and gay people.

The bill will also tighten exemptions of current non-discrimination laws in areas surrounding religion and employment.

Now, if only they could do something about the UK’s crazy asylum policies.