Prince William is first royal to appear on the cover of a gay magazine
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The nine members of the LGBT+ community that went to the Palace talked about how bullying had resulted in various outcomes, from depression and low self esteem to drug addictions and in one case, the death of a young man from an unintentional overdose.
Matthew Todd, the editor of Attitude magazine, said: “I have met parents whose child has taken or lost their life after being bullied for being LGBT+ or even just perceived to be LGBT+.”
The PACE RARE report (2015) found that 33.9% of young LGB people have made at least one suicide attempt compared to 17.9% of young straight people. 48.1% of young trans people have attempted suicide.As well as the above, 57.1% of LGB people have self harmed at least once compared to 38.3% of heterosexual young people, and 85.2% of young trans people have self harmed compared to 47.4% of cisgender young people (those born into the body they feel they are).
The Duke of Cambridge is working to do his part in aiding the fight against bullying and break the stigmas surrounding mental health. According to a Kensington Palace spokesman William “has established a taskforce on the prevention of cyber bullying and along with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is leading the Heads Together campaign on mental health and well-being.”
In speaking with Attitude magazine, Prince William said: “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.”
Todd said: “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.”