Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge speaks out against homophobia as he covers the July edition of UK gay magazine, Attitude. The second-in-line to the British throne is the first member of the royal family to be photographed for the cover of a gay magazine.
In the cover shoot, Prince William is seen with a full smile following the headline “Making history, Prince William meets Attitude” – No One Should Be Bullied For Their Sexuality Or Any Other Reason.
William will be talking about the mental implications of homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullyings.
Prince William said to Attitude: “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.”
“You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of,” the Prince added, while urging any individual who had ever been bullied for their sexuality to reach out and contact a person of trust, either a family member, teacher, an adult, or friend, or they could contact a service Childline or the Diana Award.
The July issue of Ättitude magazine went into print on June 8, and on June 14 (Tuesday), The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at the U.S embassy to sign a condolence book for the forty-nine victims of the Orlando gay massacre, Reports confirmed.
The magazine said: “Such violence does not exist in a vacuum but snowballs from intolerance and bullying that begins in classrooms, too often comes from politicians or religious leaders and is often not treated with respect by the media.”
The magazine shoot and interview came about after Prince William opened the doors of Kensington Palace to the magazine urging them to bring members of the LGBT community so they could share their stories about being bullied because of their sexuality as well as talk about the mental impact it has had on them.
The Duke of Cambridge and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge and brother Prince Harry, will be spearheading a campaign titled Heads Together, which is geared towards ending stigmatization around mental health.
Leigh Keily photographed the cover image of Prince William for the magazine.
While the Prince might be the first royal family to appear on the cover of a gay magazine, his mother Princess Diana, had also appeared on the cover of the Gay Times in a 1997 tribute issue after her death.
Princess Diana was patron of the National Aids Trust.
The July edition of Attitude magazine is available for download now.