Prince William is standing as an ally for the LGBT community.
The Duke of Cambridge is featured on the cover of Attitude magazine’s July issue (on newsstands June 22) which makes him the first member of the royal family to be on the cover of an LGBT magazine. He invited the publication and nine individuals who were subjected to homophobic bullying to Kensington Palace to discuss the mental implications that bullying has on its victims.
William released a statement to Attitude following their summit.
“No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives. The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now,” said William.
“Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it. What I would say to any young person reading this who’s being bullied for their sexuality: don’t put up with it – speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need. You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Prince Williams’ cover arrives just days after the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Attitude editor Matthew Todd expressed gratitude for William’s endorsement after having met with parents of LGBT individuals who committed suicide or were affected in any other way by homophobic bullying throughout his career.
“I am very happy that the future King of the United Kingdom agrees this must stop and I would urge parents in particular to raise their voices in their communities to ensure that every school protects – really protects – all children,” said Todd.