Prince William is the first member of the royal family to be photographed for the cover of a gay magazine, as it appears in the July issue of Attitude magazine.
The latest chapter in an ongoing discussion about bullying, the heir to the throne is the second royal to appear on the cover of a gay magazine to advocate on behalf of a cause. In 1997, his mother Princess Diana, an outspoken advocate for AIDS relief, took the cover of Gay Times as a post-mortem tribute to her death.
He tells 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.”
Says Matthew Todd, editor of Attitude: During my time as editor 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 UK agrees this must stop,” the Guardian reports.
Catch the print edition on shelves next Wednesday, or today digitally.