Attitude Magazine editor Matthew Todd praises Prince William over front cover appearance

Attitude Magazine editor Matthew Todd praises Prince William after the royal appears on the front cover

'No-one should be bullied for their sexuality' said the future King

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Journalist Matthew Todd has praised Prince William for taking a stand against homophobic bullying. 

The Duke of Cambridge is the first royal to ever appear on the cover of a gay magazine. He spoke to some of Attitude Magazine's writers about the issue of LGBT bullying, saying firmly "No-one should be bullied for their sexuality, or any other reason."

Todd, the editor of the magazine, explained how the prince came to be involved.

"I thought it was crazy this situation hadn't been discussed in the mainstream," he told Paul Ross. "I wrote to Prince William, to beg him to do something about it."

"He was very responsive and was glad to do it. 

"We did this on May the 12th, a roundtable discussion which I facilitated. He was lovely, very warm and very nice."

The journalist, who today released a book called Straight Jacket: How to be Gay and Happy, explained why it's so important to raise awareness of homophobic bullying. 

"There are so many gay people living fantastically healthy lives, there are so many straight people who are allies and friends. But there is still prejudice and hatred and hearing these views all the time can be really damaging for people."

"All of these things, these pressures, they build up and really affect peoples' mental health. So I think it's really important we talk about it."