Pride month is in full swing on this side of the Atlantic, but the U.K. has plenty to be proud of this month, as well. Prince William just made history by becoming the first member of the royal family to ever cover a gay magazine.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is on the cover of Attitude magazine's latest issue. For the interview, Prince William met with a group of LGBTQ people to "hear their experiences of homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic bullying, and discuss the mental health implications it has." (Prince William and his wife, Duchess Kate Middleton, have dedicated their work to mental health awareness and treatment, along with anti-bullying initiatives.) After his meeting, Prince William 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." He urged those who have been bullied to not put up with it and speak to someone who cares about and loves them. He concluded, "You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of."
Photo by Leigh Keily/Attitude Magazine.
Attitude magazine is one of Britain's leading gay publications. However, it doesn't always feature homosexual men on its covers. Prince William joins the ranks of Matthew Lewis, Nick Jonas, and more straight allies who have been featured in the past. Watch a clip of Prince William's meeting with the LGBTQ group, below.