*Long live the Queen!
It’s a refrain that’s been used — and heard — for generations in the UK, and Queen Elizabeth II is one of history’s most beloved world leaders. But today, I’m wondering when the old girl, 90, might kick the bucket — or at least abdicate her throne. Maybe just live out the rest of her days as a great-grandma.
I’m kidding. Kinda.
I certainly don’t wish Queen Elizabeth II any ill will, but her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge, has an agenda that I like a whole lot.
Prince William will appear on the cover of the July issue of the UK’s Attitude, which bills itself as “the UK’s best-selling gay magazine.” Typically, the mag features athletes, models and other stars on its cover.
But after the future king invited the mag to “bring members of the LGBT community to Kensington Palace to listen to their experience on bullying,” he posed for the cover shot.
That pic will run next to the headline “Making History,” and his quote:
“No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason.”
Amen, Prince William!
Attitude editor Matthew Todd said he had regularly met with parents of kids who’d committed suicide after being bullied because of their sexuality.
“I am very happy that the future King of the United Kingdom agrees this must stop and I would urge parents in particular to raise their voices in their communities to ensure that every school protects — really protects — all children,” Todd said.
Amen, Matthew Todd!
The magazine’s July issue goes on sale June 22, and went to press before last weekend’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando. I’d love to hear what William has to say about that.
Have one of your people give one of my people a call, William!
And I’d also love to see President Obama on the cover of the Advocate, the US’s leading LGBT magazine. He may have inspired Prince William on the issue. Early in President Obama’s administration, he spoke out about bullying of gay youth in a video posted on the White House’s website.
“As a parent of two daughters, it breaks my heart,” Obama said of bullying. “It’s something that just shouldn’t happen in this country. I don’t know what it’s like to be picked on for being gay. But I do know what it’s like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don’t belong. It’s tough.”
Specifically to gay youth, POTUS continued:
“You are not alone. You didn’t do anything wrong. You didn’t do anything to deserve being bullied.”
Amen, President Obama!
Now, sir, why not reach out to our friends at advocate.com. I’m sure they’d love to hear from you, and feature you on an upcoming cover. You have nothing to lose, sir — why not go out with a bang and really stand up and out as a straight advocate. It’s REALLY powerful when any straight person does that, let alone a straight world leader.