Thursday 8 December 2016

PICTURED: Prince William stars in gay magazine Attitude in historic royal cover

Published 15/06/2016 | 10:59

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, speaks during
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, speaks during "The Patron's Lunch" celebrations for The Queen's 90th birthday at The Mall on June 12, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images for The Patron's Lunch)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers' Garden Party at the royal residence at Hillsborough Castle, Co Down
Prince William covers Attitude Magazine
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to London, after signing a book of condolence for Orlando shooting victims at the US Embassy in London

Prince William has posed for the cover of gay magazine Attitude to raise awareness about LGBT bullying.

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The Duke of Cambridge is the first royal to every appear in the magazine, which comes just days after the Orlando gay nightclub massacre.

“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," he told the mag.

"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.”

Prince William covers Attitude Magazine
Prince William covers Attitude Magazine

As part of the interview, William invited campaigners to Kensington Palace to hear their personal stories about homophobia and transphobia.

His late mother Princess Diana was an active LGBT campaigner and she was a trailblazer in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS in the late '80s and early '90s.

“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," he added.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to London, after signing a book of condolence for Orlando shooting victims at the US Embassy in London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to London, after signing a book of condolence for Orlando shooting victims at the US Embassy in London

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