Prince William On Cover Of Gay Magazine, First In Royal History
The moment is one for the books. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has appeared on the cover of well-known gay magazine Attitude. For the prince and father of two, however, it was more than posing for the camera. Rather, the partnership with Attitude was also about taking a stance against bullying, no matter what your sexuality is.Advertisement
“No one should be bullied for their sexuality. Don’t put up with it. Be proud of the person you are,” says Prince William said in the article. In the United Kingdom, the numbers surrounding violence against the LGBT community are startling. According to Stonewall, one in six people in the LGBT community have become a victim of a homophobic or biphobic hate crime or incident over the last three years.
Moreover, one in five have been verbally bullied in their work place. Meanwhile 26 percent of people in the LGBT community said they have bullied or treated poorly due to their sexual orientation. As much as 48 percent of trans people under the age of 26 have also admitted to attempting to commit suicide.
Last month, Prince William invited Attitude magazine to bring members of the LGBT community over to Kensington Palace. According to the magazine, the purpose of the meeting was for the prince to listen to different experiences with regard to homophobic, transphobic and bi-phobic bullying. The key is to discuss how the bullying affects the person’s mental health.
During the discussion, Prince William learned how bullying of LGBT people led to suicide attempts, eating disorders, drug addiction, low self-esteem and even death.
Following the meeting, His Royal Highness issued a statement saying, “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.”
In light of the deadly shooting in Orlando, Attitude said it wants to send out its most “heartfelt condolences to those affected by this atrocity.” Prince William and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, had gone to the U.S. Embassy in the UK to sign a condolence book for the Orlando victims.
— Attitude (@AttitudeMag) June 16, 2016
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) June 15, 2016
Thank you, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, for taking time to visit us& sign our condolence book for victims of Orlando pic.twitter.com/YObbS99oaM
— Matthew Barzun (@MatthewBarzun) June 14, 2016