Prince William speaks out against homophobic bullying
The Duke of Cambridge becomes first royal on cover of gay magazine, Attitude
Prince William has spoken out about the impact of homophobic bullying on mental health after becoming the first royal to appear on the cover of leading gay magazine, Attitude.
The Duke of Cambridge, who earlier this year launched a campaign on mental health and wellbeing, told the magazine: ‘No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason.’
In May, the duke invited the magazine to bring members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) community to Kensington Palace so that he could listen to their experiences of bullying and the effects it can have on mental health.
Speaking to Attitude, the duke called on young people being bullied for their sexuality to seek help.
‘No one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives,’ he said.
‘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.’
Research published in 2015 showed that a third of young lesbian, gay or bisexual people and 48% of trans young people in England had made at least one suicide attempt, compared with 18% of young straight people.
Around 57% of LGB young people and 85% of trans young people had self-harmed at least once, compared with 38% of young heterosexual people.
During the Kensington Palace meeting, members of the LGBT community said how being bullied had led to low self-esteem, suicide attempts, eating disorders, depression and drug addiction.
In April, the duke set up a taskforce to tackle cyberbullying and, with the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, has launched the Heads Together campaign on mental health and wellbeing.