Wednesday, January 19

Prince William makes history by appearing on cover of gay magazine Attitude



Prince William has made history by appearing on the cover of gay lifestyle magazine Attitude.

The future monarch is the first member of the royal family to pose for an LGBT publication, appearing as their July cover star.

Showing his support for the LGBT community, the Duke of Cambridge has given an interview detailing his views on homophobic bullying and ‘being the person that you are’.

The magazine will hit newsstands on Thursday, just a few days after the mass shooting in gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando.

In his interview, published in the magazine, the Prince said: “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.”

The Duke of Cambridge invited Attitude and members of the LGBT community to Kensington Palace to hear their experiences with bulling and homophobia.

He continued: “What I would say to any young person reading this who’s being bullied for their sexuality: don’t put up with it – speak to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, Childline, Diana Award or some other service and get the help you need.

“You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of.”

Attitude editor Matthew Todd had 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 and I would urge parents in particular to raise their voices in their communities to ensure that every school protects – really protects – all children.”

While the magazine went to press just a few days before the mass shootings in Orlando, Attitude has said that they send their “most heartfelt condolences to those affected by this atrocity”.