Prince William is the latest straight white man to appear on a gay magazine cover

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While most are thrilled the future king is advocating for the LGBT community, others see his cover as status quo.

Prince William recently made history as the first member of the royal family to grace the cover of a gay magazine. 

He will appear on U.K.'s Attitude magazine in July, reportedly condemning those who bully members of the LGBT community and to discuss the mental health implications of homophobic, biphobic, and transphobic bullying.

“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 magazine, according to a Kensington Palace tweet.

“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," Attitude editor Matthew Todd said in a statement. "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 many are applauding the prince for speaking out on such serious issues and being an ally—especially in light of the recent massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 50 and injured 53—others are upset with the overall lack of diversity on LGBT publications. 

A recent Fusion article analyzed how many white, cisgender men—compared to white LGBTs, LGBT people of color, trans and nonbinary people, and trans and nonbinary people of color—were represented on the covers of LGBT magazines over the past five years. While straight, white, cisgender men were represented the most (40 percent of the time), queer people of color were only featured on 9 percent of covers. 

Their research also shows that Attitude—compared to Out and the Advocate—was the worst offender of the three mainstream LGBT publications. In the past five years, 85 percent of their magazine covers have been white men, and 55 percent were cisgender, straight, and white.

In late May, Twitter responded with claims of racism in the gay community with the hashtag #GayMediaSoWhite


Although many have been upset with the editorial choices of LGBT magazines, reaction to the prince's cover and message were largely positive. Print copies of the July issue of Attitude will appear on U.K. newsstands on June 22 and can be purchased online

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