Prince William Speaks Out Against LGBT Bullying
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Since LGBT bullying is such a huge issue, a member of the royal family–Prince William, Duke of Cambridge–was interviewed and appeared on the cover of Attitude, an openly gay magazine. He’s the first of the royals to ever be photographed for the cover of a gay magazine. The Guardian recently wrote an article outlining the interview. Prince William spoke about the new “Heads Together Campaign” that he, the Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry are starting to combat the stigma against mental illness.
LGBT bullying is unacceptable
“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. The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now. Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.” –Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
He emphasized the need to combat LGBT bullying and that those who are experiencing bullying need to reach out to those they trust for help. He also spoke about how people need to speak up in the face of bullying more often. Many people witness bullying, yet do nothing about it. In order for LGBT bullying–and bullying overall–to be defeated, more people need to say something while it’s happening, even if it’s uncomfortable.
The Guardian mentioned the statistics on LGBT suicide compared to straight young people. Nearly 34 percent of LGB young people and over 48 percent of transgender youth have attempted suicide at least once; while around 18 percent of straight youth have attempted suicide at least once. That’s a huge gap that can be partly closed through combating LGBT bullying and educating students on it more thoroughly.
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