Rarely a charta that does not even mention the word gay rights has been so enthusiastically interpretated as support for gay equality. In fact all that happens is that Her Majesty signs a “magna carta” today, that declares: “We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.’ Those ‘other grounds’ are celebrated now as intended to refer to (homo)sexuality. In fact, from the 54 commonwealth members this carta is valid for, 41 still have homophobic legislation. Britain certainly has come far, but the commonwealth has to come much further. It’s a long way to go, so long live the queen.