Prince William Becomes First Royal to Cover a Gay Magazine
Americans mourning the Pulse nightclub massacre's crushing blow to the country's LGBT community can appreciate that they've got a newly avowed ally across the pond.
Prince William, who signed a book of condolence for the victims of the Orlando tragedy yesterday (June 14) at London's United States embassy, has also made history as the first featured royal on a gay magazine's cover. A sneak peek of the July issue of Attitude chronicles a recent discussion William had with members of the LGBT community at Kensington Palace that delved into bullying, depression and the harsh realities many young queer people face.
After the talk, William told Attitude editor Matthew Todd that — in spite of recent events — all members of the LGBT community are loved, and should remain proud.
"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," he said. "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...You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of."
Todd added he's thrilled that young queer people have such a high-profile character now planted in their corner.
"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," he said.
Read more from the preview of the interview here, and check back for the full version of the story on June 22.
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