Prince William Had The Best Answer When Asked How He’d React If One Of His Kids Was LGBTQ
Prince William was visiting the Albert Kennedy Trust to learn about the issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness when talked turned to his own children: George, Charlotte, and Louis.
Despite a complicated history with LGBTQ rights, the Royal offered up an answer to a pretty delicate question with a response that left many people shocked and overwhelmed with joy.
Prince William says it would be “absolutely fine by me” if any of his three children come out as gay.
The royal, who celebrated his 37th birthday last week, visited the Albert Kennedy Trust on Wednesday to learn about the issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness and what the organization is doing to alleviate the problem. During his chat with young people being supported by the charity, William was asked how he would react if Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 4, or Prince Louis, 1, came to him one day to say they are gay.
“Do you know what, I’ve been giving that some thought recently because a couple of other parents said that to me as well,” William said. “I think, you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent, and I think — obviously absolutely fine by me.”
The Duke of Cambridge, as he’s also known, went on to say he would worry about the pressures his children may face if in the future they came out as gay or lesbian.
“I wish we lived in a world where it’s really normal and cool, but particularly for my family, and the position that we are in, that’s the bit I am nervous about,” he said.
He added: “How many barriers you know, hateful words, persecution, all that and discrimination that might come, that’s the bit that really troubles me. But that’s for all of us to try and help correct and make sure we can put that to the past and not come back to that sort of stuff.”
The possible future king was at the Albert Kennedy Trust to learn about issues facing LGBTQ youth.
LGBTQ youth across London – and the entire world for that matter – face hardships that non-LGBTQ youth can’t even imagine.
Homelessness among LGBTQ youth in London is seven times greater than the average population.
To many, this was a huge moment for the LGBTQ community around the world.
For a member of the British Royal Family to give such an endorsement to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, and their fight for equality, is a big deal, especially in a time when the visibility of LGBT people is being continually questioned.
However, with the Duke of Cambridge being a figurehead for the Royal Family as well as the Commonwealth, it is also worth remembering that homosexual activity is still a criminal offence in 35 of the 53 Commonwealth nations – and it is only legal in 18.
Many will now be wondering whether Prince William’s words could have a positive impact on these places, where people are still fighting for their lives because of who they love.
People on Twitter reacted with absolute joy – especially since his announcement came during Pride Month.
And the fact that both him, his brother, and their families have been vocal advocates for the LGBTQ community.
While others thought it took way too long…
Though most countered that argument with “better late than never.”
And others wondered if Prince William would face the same backlash that Megan Markle did for her support of Pride on Instagram.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry also celebrated the LGBTQ+ community this month by dedicating their @SussexRoyal Instagram page to the cause. The royal couple, who welcomed son Archie on May 6, gave their Instagram page a rainbow tribute in honor of Pride Month, which kicks off June 1 in the U.K. and the US.
Meghan and Harry shared a collage made of photos — which included one of Harry’s late mother Princess Diana — from accounts they are following this month which included The Trevor Project, Stonewall UK, SAGE and artist Ruben Guadalupe Marquez.
“This month we pay tribute to the accounts supporting the LGBTQ+ community – those young and old, their families and friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future,” the couple captioned the post.
“We stand with you and support you ???? Because it’s very simple: love is love.”
Apparently, Megan got in hot water for the post she made on Instagram in support of Pride month.
Let’s hope that this was a one time mistake by the Royal family and that they’ll throw their support behind the LGBTQ community moving forward. Having another royal, Prince William, speak out in favor of the LGBTQ community has got to have some effect on the family as a whole.
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