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Making History: The Duke of Cambridge Appears on The Cover of Attitude

In Support of the LGBTQ Community, Prince William Appears on the Front Cover of a Gay Magazine

June 17th, 2016
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His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge stands up for the fight against homophobia and bi-phobia, and shows his support for LGBTQ groups. On June 12th 2016, Prince William welcomed the Attitude magazine and members of the LGBTQ community at Kensington Palace. The Prince invited the delegates to share their stories and experiences, after which he posed for the cover photo of the magazine, photographed by Leigh Keily. The cover marks the first time a member of the Royal Family has been photographed for the cover of a gay publication.

The Prince, just like his mother the late Princess Diana, believes that it is important to support members of LGBT+ in order to help them live a happy and successful life. The problem of homophobia, although less prominent in the United Kingdom today, is still a reality. Statistics show that the LGBT+ community is one that continues to suffer disproportionately from mental health issues, while bullying in schools is still an issue too many young LGBT+ people are exposed to. In Kensington Palace Prince William met with individuals who explained how bullying had led to low self-esteem, suicide attempts, eating disorders, depression and drug addiction including, in one case, the death of a young man after an unintentional overdose.

Following the meeting with the Attitude magazine and the LGBT+ delegates, the Prince made the following statement: “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. 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.”

In response Attitude editor Matthew Todd said: “During my time as editor of Attitude I have met parents whose child has taken or lost their life after being bullied for being LGBT+ or just perceived to be LGBT. 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.”

References

Cultural Diplomacy News
Nora Kelemen, CD News