Prince William Would Be 'Absolutely Fine' If George, Charlotte or Louis Were LGBT
On June 26th, the Duke of Cambridge visited the Albert Kennedy Trust which is a charity that supports and helps homeless LGBT people in London. Prince William discussed his thoughts concerning if one of is three children were gay at the outing and we couldn't be happier with his response.
Prince William said that he would fully support his children if they told him that they were gay. When asked what he would do by a member of the Albert Kennedy Trust charity, he said it would "obviously be absolutely fine by me, I support whatever decision they make, but it does worry me from a parent's point of view how many barriers, hateful words, persecution and discrimination that might come. That's the bit that troubles me a little bit," according to The Telegraph.
William and Kate have previously discussed the topic
William also mentioned that him and Duchess Catherine have already discussed how they would approach one of their children telling them they were LGBT, emphasizing that their only concern would be for any "hate of persecution" to be endured especially being in their high public positions as part of he British Royal Family.
Prince William is a strong advocate
Prince William has been the most open concerning these discussions of LGBT issues out of any member of the royal family to date. This in turn is very powerful when it comes to recognizing the issues that the LGBT community still face in society today and having such a strong supportive voice like Prince William's to advocate.
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Ahead of the annual #prideinlondon parade and in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, The Duke of Cambridge visited Albert Kennedy Trust (akt) to learn about the issue of LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, and the positive change that akt are enacting through their unique prevention and early action approach. The Duke met people supported by akt, and spoke to staff about the services they provide including the 'Purple Door' safe house, LGBTQ+ 'host' (or carer) services, in-person and online mentoring programmes and a range of youth engagement activities. Among the people The Duke met was Faz, an akt Young Ambassador and trans Muslim man. Faz lost his parents when he was younger and was living with extended family, but had to leave home after they reacted badly to him coming out as trans. akt helped support Faz, and he was one of the first people to move into Purple Door. Swipe to see Faz speak about how akt helped him, and see more from The Duke's visit. Almost one quarter of the 150,000 young people facing or experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ+, and 77 per cent of those cite rejection or abuse from their families as what has led them to being so. akt has provided over 250,000 nights off the street and supported over 50,000 LGBTQ+ young people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. Today The Duke officially opened akt's new services centre in Hoxton, which will host drop-in sessions for young people and grow its youth engagement offering. The Stonewall uprising took place in New York on June 28, 1969, and is seen as the moment that sparked the modern LGBTQ+ movement around the world. Pride marches around the world will be recognising the anniversary, including Pride in London, where akt staff and supporters will be marching. @aktcharity #LGBTQ #Pride
"He understands the issues"
AKT ambassadors were very pleased with Prince William's responses and his concerns. One member said, "I thought his answer was so good, to hear him talk about having fears about what people might think of his children and how they might take to them, if they identified as LGBT. That he recognises that, and is aware there could be a backlash, he understands the issues and hopefully with his comments we can get more awareness across to more parents of the issues." According to The Telegraph.
We hope that with a bigger voice and strong advocates, even from the Duke of Cambridge himself, that more parents and more people begin to become more understanding of the LGBT community. We are looking forward to more positive changes coming in the future!