On Friday evening, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge accepted the award for “Straight Ally of the Year” at the LGBT Awards in London.
“Nobody should be bullied for their sexuality,” he said in a pre-recorded video to the LGBT community. He also said: “It’s so important to be proud of the person you are.”
The Duke was not the only celebrity award-winner; TV presenter Clare Balding and diver Tom Daley were also presented with awards.
William recorded his message in London’s Grand Connaught Rooms. BBC News quoted more of his message where he said: “In recent years, I’ve become passionate about what we can do to protect people from bullying, particularly online.
“I have encountered a number of tragic stories about LGBT young people who have sadly felt unable to cope with the abuse and discrimination they face in their lives.”
He added: “It is 2017, and nobody should be bullied for their sexuality, or for any other reason.” Prince William was the first royal to pose on the cover of a gay magazine. Last year, he was featured in the British magazine, Attitude.
This is the sixth year for the awards where individuals and organisations which promote equality for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people. Other winners this year included Clare Balding, Broadcaster of the Year; Lauren Jauregui, Celebrity of the Year; Caitlin Jenner, Loud and Proud Award; Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black, Influencers of the Year; Shannon Beveridge, LGBT Celebrity Rising Star; and Russell T. Davies for Lifetime Achievement.
Comedian Alan Carr, who presented the awards, told BBC News: “So many brilliant people have won awards, and there were some very special moments.”
Co-founder, Sarah Garrett, praised Prince William for speaking out against bullying of the LGBT community, telling BBC News: “Prince William has used his position to promote diversity.
“His message will resonate and offer hope to young people around the world who have faced discrimination because of their sexuality.”