Peter Tatchell wades into HRH to day. I have to say, that I am not a natural monarchist. I tend to view our constitutional monarchy as a least worst option. So, not really a fan, although I do have a lot of time for the Queen as an individual.
Tatchell wants more from her, though.
On one issue, however, she remains curiously out of step with public opinion. Whereas most of us now welcome and embrace lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, the Queen has never done so
Really? Do we? Or do most of us simply accept that tolerance is a good thing and leave it at that? I am tolerant of people’s sexuality, race, lifestyle choices et al. I tend on the whole to just let it be. I certainly don’t “embrace” them and don’t plan to start. Why should the Queen be any different? We no longer persecute or prosecute homosexuals – and a jolly good thing that is, too. I fail, however, to see why we should all be forced to embrace or celebrate homosexuality and I will be damned if I am going to start.
Her Maj has said nothing – what one might call a dignified silence – and that seems just fine to me.
While I doubt that Elizabeth II is a raging homophobe, she certainly doesn’t appear to gay-friendly. Not once in her 60-year reign has she publicly acknowledged the existence of the LGBT community – or gay members of her own royal family.
To which the obvious retorts are: why should she and are there any? If there are, do we want or even need to know (or care)? And why should she publicly discuss a matter that is private – even allowing for her public role? Again, I am not interested and I suspect that most of the population feel similarly. Homosexuals are not special and it is about time they realised this
Judging from her silence, it seems that we are the unspeakable ones – the people she cannot bare to acknowledge or mention in public. Why the double standards?
There’s more of this crap. Basically, Tatchell is making an assumption from her silence. This is a particularly insidious thing to do. If someone says nothing, then you can assume nothing from it – either positive or negative because you have no evidence upon which to base a decision. That hasn’t stopped Tatchell from doing so, though, in a rather nasty demolition piece. The Queen has said nothing regarding gay Britons because, frankly, there is nothing to be said. Unless, of course you are a professional offence seeker…
Now is the time for all those other special interest minority groups to step up and take offence because her Maj hasn’t specifically mentioned them.
Cross posted from Longrider.