The LGBTQ community has always had a raw deal when it comes to freedom of choosing a life partner. They are often ostracized and more-often-than-not persecuted too. However, in recent years there has been a lot of progress in the world where the LGBTQ community has been accepted and given the basic freedom of living their life on their own terms by choosing their gender as well as their life partner. Even India has brought in changes into Article 377 that criminalized homosexuality. Now, homosexuality is no more a criminal offense and the Constitution has even made provisions to accept the third gender too.
In an exemplary move, Prince William has come out in support of the LGBTQ community. During an interaction on a visit to the London Headquarters of an LGBT charity trust, called Albert Kennedy Trust, he was asked about his reaction if he comes to know that one of his children were gay. To this, Prince William said that he would fully support his children but will be worried about the added pressure they would face as a Royal. He said, “I wish we lived in a world where it’s really normal and cool, but particularly for my family, and the position they are in, that’s the bit I am nervous about.” Prince William has extended support to the LGBT community previously too as he became the first royal to feature on the cover page of a gay magazine, Attitude.
A leading daily reported the Duke of Cambridge saying that he would support his children if they come out to be homosexual but he added that he will be concerned by the hateful words, persecution and discrimination that they will be subjected to since they are from the Royal family and the world that we live in. He reiterated the fact that it is up to all of us to try and change the world and make it a better place to live in. Prince William is a father to Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
Having a future monarch support his children if they came out LGBT would “make a huge difference" and "sent a message that we need to support, and we need to empower LGBT people” said Akt’s Chief Executive, Tim Sigsworth in a statement. Interestingly, last year, Lord Ivar Mountbatten from the Royal family became the first royal to marry his partner James Coyle in a same-sex marriage. Prince William’s stance has received widespread appreciation and people have been showering love on him. Check out a few tweets below:
akt is honoured to be welcoming His Royal Highness The Duke Of Cambridge to our new London service centre today, which is the first visit by a member of the Royal Family to an LGBTQ+ youth charity. pic.twitter.com/1WBC9wFUVp
— akt (@aktcharity) June 26, 2019
It was fantastic to hear that he would be fully supportive of his children if they came out as LGBTQ+, because at akt we know that 77% of young homeless LGBTQ+ people say familial rejection, ejection and abuse is the cause of their homelessness. pic.twitter.com/lc8QrBGrwb
— akt (@aktcharity) June 26, 2019
I'm so proud of him and hope he will be the charity's Royal Patron one day
— The Cambridges (@loveforcambridg) June 26, 2019
Absolutely fantastic, congratulations akt!
— Jasmine Morgan (@GlobalJasmine) June 26, 2019
I think you’re fantastic, let’s remember William is the one who should be honoured, meeting people like you.
— Graham Smith (not that kind of republican) (@GrahamSmith_) June 26, 2019
Such a great guyp>— Laura Bennett (@LauraMayBennett) June 26, 2019
Of course he would.... he’s a decent human being.
— The_Rosenberg (@The_Rosenberg) June 27, 2019
We love that Prince William supports #LGBTQ children and young people
Both he and Prince Harry are such great allieshttps://t.co/dM1CFPgMh6
— Mermaids(@Mermaids_Gender) June 26, 2019
(Source: The Guardian/Twitter)