“No one should be bullied for their sexuality or any other reason and no one should have to put up with the kind of hate that these young people have endured in their lives. The young gay, lesbian and transgender individuals I met through Attitude are truly brave to speak out and to give hope to people who are going through terrible bullying right now.
Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it.
The Duke of Cambridge is on the cover of the next issue of Attitude Magazine, speaking out against bullying. In early May 2016, His Royal Highness met with a group of young LGBT people convened by Attitude at Kensington Palace to listen to their experiences of bullying, and the mental health impacts it can have.
The PACE RARE report (2015) found that 33.9% of young LGB people had made at least one suicide attempt compared to 17.9% of young straight people. 48.1% of trans young people had attempted suicide. 57.1 % of LGB people had self-harmed at least once compared to 38.3% of heterosexual young people. 85.2% of trans young people had self-harmed as opposed to 47.4% of cisgender (born into the body you feel you are) young people.
The fight against bullying is a key priority of The Duke’s work. His Royal Highness recently established a taskforce on the prevention of cyberbullying, and is leading the Heads Together campaign on mental health and wellbeing along with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.