It's Pride month and millions of people across the globe have been marching (and partying...) for the rights of those who are a part of the LGBTQ community.
The battle for LGBTQ rights has long been an issue in our society, with many people being too afraid to "come out" in the fear of persecution and judgment from their loved ones.
Often, the most important thing for most gay people is their parents' support and approval of their identity. Sadly, not everyone will get this and will heartbreakingly find themselves kicked out of the family home just because of their sexuality.
One parent who has been unwavering with his support of LGBTQ rights, however, is heir to the British throne, Prince William. Wills and Kate have always been vocal about their thoughts on gay rights, and the Prince has warmed the hearts of us all this week with his comments on his own children's sexuality.
Pride. It's the most fabulous time of the year.
via: GettyJune has, for years now, been the month of Pride. People across the globe use this month to celebrate the impact that the LGBTQ community has had on the world.
Pride is the month wherein people can be themselves.
via: GettyPeople from all walks of life, who have faced prejudice at home and in their day-to-day lives, join in with the month-long celebration.
Though Pride hasn't always been so positive...
via: GettyPride month was initially created to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which saw members of New York's gay community protest and fight for their rights. At that time, Americans were living under an anti-gay legal system. On the morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, which catered for LGBTQ and other minority groups at the time.
This protest would eventually lead to gay liberation.
via: GettyThe modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the US began with this riot. Within six months, two gay activist organizations were formed in New York, and within just a few years, gay rights organizations were founded across the US and the rest of the world.
Today, the LGBTQ community is more liberated than ever.Though this doesn't mean that the battle for equality is over. Sadly, there are still a number of people in the world who don't "agree" with homosexuality... Or sexual liberation at all, for that matter.
Some societies still don't accept LGBTQ culture.Obviously, these people have left their values and beliefs back in the 1950s.
And, sadly, some LGBTQ identifying people find themselves being banished from their own families.
via: ShutterstockIt's hard to believe, but this still happens. Parents are supposed to love their children through thick and thin. They're supposed to embrace and encourage every aspect of their child's identity.
But some parents struggle to accept their child's sexuality.Some parents are stuck firmly enough in their own beliefs that they find it hard to be open and accepting of their child's sexuality. Though there are some heartwarming stories, like the time that one dad offered "Free Dad Hugs" for those who didn't have the support of their own parents at Pittsburgh's Pride parade. Faith in humanity: restored.
And this is the reason that Prince William has made headlines this week...
via: GettyBut don't worry, it's for all the right reasons!
William has always been a much-loved royal.
via: ShutterstockAlong with his brother, Harry, William is a royal favorite. His caring and compassionate nature mimics that of his mother, Princess Diana, and he has spent most of his adult life campaigning and carrying out charitable work, just as Diana did.
The Duke of Cambridge hasn't been a stranger in the gay community.
via: AttitudeBack in 2016, Wills featured on the front cover of the gay magazine, Attitude, making him the first member of the Royal family to ever appear in such a magazine. He featured in the magazine to discuss his stance on homosexual bullying and abuse.
He has always been supportive of LGBTQ rights.
via: ShutterstockWilliam, along with wife, Kate Middleton, has always campaigned for the important things - homelessness, poverty, and, of course, gay rights.
Yesterday, he visited the Albert Kennedy Trust.
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It was the Duke's first visit to the trust.
The Duke of Cambridge officially opens @aktcharity new services centre in Hoxton today, which will host drop-in ses… https://t.co/NmPeMbZLma— The Royal Family (@The Royal Family)1561561310.0
He took part in a group chat.
via: StandardThis circle involved several young people who are currently being supported by the charity. One man, who was part of the group, asked William: "You coming here is a great opportunity and platform, what would you think about it if one your children were LGBT?"
And he had the best response.
via: Standard“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 continued, "I think you really don’t start thinking about that until you are a parent, and I think - obviously absolutely fine by me... I’d fully support whatever decisions they make."
Though he admitted that he does worry about the consequences.
via: GettyThe Duke explained, "It worries me as to how everyone else will react and perceive it and then the pressure is then on them. It worries me how many barriers, persecution, and hate they’d face. But that’s for all of us to try and correct." The Royal Family is perhaps the most watched and scrutinized family in the world, and there is yet to be an openly gay member.
William is the father of 3 children.
via: GettyPrince George, Princess Charlotte, and baby Prince Louis are the rosy-cheeked faces of the future British monarchy, and they certainly have excellent role models to look up to.
The Albert Kennedy Trust were delighted to have such an important figure come in to support their cause.
@KensingtonRoyal meeting our founder Cath 💜 In this 30th anniversary year of akt, and as the first charity in the w… https://t.co/VWy6uW1xC6— akt (@akt)1561553632.0
The trust is slowly breaking down barriers.
It was fantastic to hear that he would be fully supportive of his children if they came out as LGBTQ+, because at a… https://t.co/92TdVZHx0j— akt (@akt)1561553318.0