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

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

 

Alexandra Samuels

IRL

Published Jun 15, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 2:43 pm CDT

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

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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.

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“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. 

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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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*First Published: Jun 15, 2016, 5:19 pm CDT