On Wednesday, during her speech in front of Parliament, Queen Elizabeth II stuck it to Donald Trump and Mike Pence when she pledged to continue to fight against anti-gay discrimination. The speech is normally delivered annually at the start of every Parliamentary year. It is to talk about the policies that ministers plan to work on and decide on what laws need to be approved.
“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,” the Queen said. This is the first time LGBTQ rights has been mentioned in the Queen’s speech.
Also during the speech, the Queen would usually mention all the upcoming state visits, but she didn’t mention Trump’s name once. It’s assumed that the state visit that Donald Trump was expected to make would not be happening. She only said that in July she would be welcome King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain.
Back in January, Theresa May had invited Trump to visit but after Trump criticized London Mayor Sadiq Khan after the London terror attack, the meeting was put on hold.
You can listen to the Queen’s whole speech below: