Duke of Cambridge speaks out against homophobic bullying in UK’s leading gay title
Prince William has become the first member of the royal family to appear on the cover of a gay magazine.
The heir to the throne features in the July issue of Attitude magazine, discussing the mental health implications of homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullyings.
A number of previous cover stars, including Olympic diver Tom Daley and pop star Harry Judd, of McFly, have appeared topless but the likes of comedian, writer and broadcaster, Stephen Fry and singer Gary Barlow – like William – appeared fully clothed.
The cover came about after the Duke of Cambridge invited Attitude to bring members of the LGBT+ community to Kensington Palace to hear their experiences of bullying and discuss the impact on their mental health implications.
William along with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is leading the Heads Together campaign, which aims to end stigma around mental health.
He told 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.”
William urged anyone who is being bullied for their sexuality to contact someone who they trust, whether a friend, adult or teacher or someone from a service such as Childline or Diana Award. “You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of,” he said
Research has found that 33.9% of young LGBT people had made at least one suicide attempt compared with 17.9% of young straight people, while 48.1% of trans young people had attempted suicide.
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.”
The issue of Attitude magazine went to press on 8 June, just days before the killing of 49 LGBT+ people at a gay club in Orlando. On Tuesday, William and Kate signed a book of condolences at the US embassy for victims of the massacre.
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.
Heads Together is a mental health campaign led by The Royal Foundation in partnership with YoungMinds and six other charities. The aim of the campaign is to challenge mental health stigma and change the national conversation on mental wellbeing.
Article by Haroon Siddique for The Guardian posted June 15, 2016