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Prince William makes history on gay magazine cover

Members of LGBT community invited to Kensington Palace to discuss bullying and mental health

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The Duke of Cambridge has made history as the first member of the royal family to feature on the cover of a gay magazine.

Prince William appears in the July issue of Attitude after inviting members of the LGBT community to Kensington Palace to discuss bullying and issues surrounding mental health.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince Harry, are leading the Heads Together campaign, which aims to end stigma around the subject.

Showing support for the LGBT community, William told Attitude that gay, lesbian and transgender people should not have to endure so much hatred in their daily lives. He said that individuals are "truly brave" to speak out in a way that gives hope to other victims of bullying.

"Their sense of strength and optimism should give us all encouragement to stand up to bullying wherever we see it," he said.

"What I would say to any young person reading this who's being bullied for their sexuality: don't put up with it. You should be proud of the person you are and you have nothing to be ashamed of."

Matt May, one of those invited to discuss bullying and mental health with the Duke of Cambridge, said in a tweet that he was "proud" to have been involved.

The issue of the magazine went to press on Wednesday 8 June, just days before the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando which saw 49 people killed and dozens more injured by lone gunman Omar Mateen.

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