Prince William is lending his voice—and face—to a community that needs advocacy more than ever before.
Just days before the deadliest mass shooting in America took place at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the royal father of two posed for the United Kingdom's Attitude. As it is a gay magazine, the moment marked the first time a royal had ever posed for the cover of a gay publication.
In between rounds of smiling for the camera, the Duke of Cambridge sat down with nine members of the LGBT community who have faced bullying for their sexual orientation and gender identity at school, online and in everyday life.
Since he and his wife, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton have recently focused on improving mental health and social acceptance by partnering with programs offering services in schools and neighborhoods, William was interested in discussing how these young people suffered mentally from years of such abuse and how to prevent it from recurring.
"He has established a taskforce on the prevention of cyberbullying and along with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is leading the Heads Together campaign on mental health and well-being," a Kensington Palace spokesman added. In addition to raising awareness, Heads Together is also the Charity of the Year for the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.