Following the tragic shooting in an Orlando gay club in the early hours of Sunday, June 12, sympathizers across the world have come forward to show their solidarity with the LGBT community.
From celebrities to politicians and even religious leaders, one of the most unique aspects of this historic attack is that it specifically targeted the patrons of the gay night club, and while LGBT people have long been victims of prejudice and violence, it has taken 49 deaths plus dozens of injuries to draw the proper attention to their daily plight.
Often denied equality or fully ignored by politicians, the gay community has been front and center following the attack at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, even with conservative American politicians addressing the topic and showing their support. Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, went so far as to confess that “sadly, it is religion, including our own, which targets, most verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians, and transgender people.”
Now, reports are coming in about equally historical support from across the pond.
Prince William will do what no British monarch has done before.
Following the horrific attacks in Orlando, celebrities and world leaders have spoken out against the horrific killings that left 49 dead and over 50 wounded in the early hours of Sunday, June 12.
Among those who have shown their support for the LGBT community, victims, and families in this time of struggle are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, better known as Prince William and Kate Middleton. William’s mother, Diana, was an icon for the gay community.
The couple showed their support for the victims and families of the tragedy by visiting the American embassy in Westminster, London, on Tuesday, June 14, where they both took turns signing a book of condolence. Their message read, “With our deepest condolences and with our thoughts and prayers to all those affected, William and Catherine.”
That’s when the Prince made a very special announcement to Craig Petty, president of the LGBT association GLIFAA, who was present at the embassy: the Duke would be appearing in the gay magazine Attitude later in June.
“I told him what I do and he said he’s going to be in Attitude magazine,” said Petty. “I was really nervous about meeting the royal couple, but they are both great at putting you at ease. I think it’s great that they have come here today to show their support.”