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First British royal to pose for LGBT magazine, Prince William says 'don't put up with bullying'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

British royalty just took a huge step to publicly support the LGBT cause after Prince William posed for gay magazine, Attitude's cover. Looks like Princess Diana's legacy is in the safe hands of Duke of Cambridge. The young royal, who is second in line of succession of the crown, sat down with members of the LGBT community to hear their stories.

After listening to stories of discrimination, prejudice, and hatred, William had excellent advice to pass on: "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."

Calling the members of the community extremely brave for speaking out, he hoped that their stories would inspire and give hope to others.

"Their (the LGBT members) sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it. 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."

This cover comes on the heels of the terribly misplaced anger of American citizen Omar Mateen, whose faulty ideology and Uncle Sam's easy guns laws lead to the death of 49 people in the biggest homophobic-hate crime in America. As the interview and William's meet-and-greet brought to light, the bullying that members of this community have to face are the chief causes of drug dependence, depression, suicide attempts, eating disorders and suchlike.

The editor of the magazine, Matthew Todd urged parents to put an end to bullying: "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."

The question nobody seems to ask is this: how will violence, bullying, or intimidation 'solve' anything? What is there to solve? There are but individuals and their right to love whoever they want to, and BE whoever they want to.

Homophones, tell us how can a gun stop a rainbow?


Edited by Aishwarya Yerra

First published: 16 June 2016, 6:37 IST