Historic: Prince William First British Royal To Appear On Cover Of A Gay Publication
Yesterday, Prince William and Princess Katherine visited the American embassy to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting by signing a book of condolence. He also revealed to Craig Petty, the president of GLIFAA, that he will be on the cover of Attitude, making him the first member of the British royal family to be featured on the cover of a gay publication.
Back in May, the Duke of Cambridge invited Attitude and nine members of the LGBTQ community to Kensington Palace for a discussion on “experiences of homophobic, bi-phobic, and transphobic bullying, and discuss the mental health implications it has.”
Prince William was moved by their words. “No one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people endured in their lives,” he said after the discussion, “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 bulling right now. Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying whenever we see it.”
He isn’t just all talk. Prince William, along with the new generation of royals, is taking active measures to fight hate, bullying, and its mental health consequences. “He has established a taskforce on the prevention of cyberbullying and along with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is leading the Heads Together campaign on mental health and well-being,” said a Kensington Palace spokesman. The Heads Together campaign, founded in 2009, is partnership of several organizations and works to “fight against the stigma” of mental health so that no one has fear “stand[ing] in the way of getting the help they need.”
Attitude editor Matthew Todd, who also served as the moderator for the discussion, added, “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 protect – really protects – all children,” after speaking about the LGBTQ children who have taken their lives as a result of bullying.
Though the issue went to press on June 8th, a few days before the Orlando shooting, Prince William’s public support couldn’t have come at more appropriate time.
The print issue will be out on June 22nd.
Photos via Attitude and Royal Foundation.
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