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Meet the 9 LGBT+ people who made history with Prince William

2016-06-22
His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge rightly made headlines around the world last week as he became the first member of the British Royal Family to appear on the cover of an LGBT magazine. Attitude's groundbreaking July Issue - available to download and in shops now - recounts the Prince’s momentous meeting with a group of LGBT+ people at Kensington Palace to listen to their experiences of bullying and homophobia, and the consequences these had on their mental health. And now you can meet the group of people who made history with Prince William. Charles Donovan Leigh-Keily-RoyalVisit-Attendees-3604 Donovan experienced severe homophobic bullying which left him terrified of being "found out". After years of drug and alcohol abuse, he thankfully survived a suicide attempt. Matt May Leigh-Keily-RoyalVisit-Attendees-3611 The intense bullying he was exposed to at school had a severe impact on his mental health and contributed to his battle with depression and anxiety, and to an eating disorder. Damilola Adejonwo Leigh-Keily-RoyalVisit-Attendees-3612LIGHT A YouTuber who experienced bullying and homophobia at school here and in the US which severely damaged his self-esteem and self-image. Paris Lees Leigh-Keily-RoyalVisit-Attendees-3610SIZED Journalist and trans activist who has experienced anxiety, depression and low self-esteem as a result of transphobia and bullying, and also served time in prison. Melissa Whitehouse Leigh-Keily-RoyalVisit-Attendees-3606 Gender queer, Melissa found themself the target of persistent bullying on account of their sexual orientation and gender presentation. Junior Joye Leigh-Keily-RoyalVisit-Attendees-3605 A YouTuber whose experiences with bullying affected his self-esteem and led him to attempt suicide. He also experienced homophobia online from his community. Helen Walsh Leigh-Keily-RoyalVisit-Attendees-3608 Chief executive of the Space Youth Project, Dorset’s LGBT+ youth organisation. Helen is a lesbian who goes into schools to promote acceptance, equality and fairness. Not pictured: Yousuf Hussain - A young Muslim man who developed a pattern of self-harming and an eating disorder as a result of homophobic bullying at school, as he came to terms with his sexuality. Not pictured: Mena Houghton - Schools anti-homophobic bullying campaigner who sadly lost her son, Mark, to an unintentional drug overdose, aged 27, in 2010. You can read this historic feature with HRH The Duke of Cambridge and see his exclusive new shoot in Attitude’s July Issue, available to download now from pocketmags.com/attitude and in shops today (June 22). Print copies are available to order globally from newsstand.co.uk/attitude. will cover small More stories: Making history: Prince William appears on the cover of Attitude Gay celebrity dads share heart-melting family photos for Father’s Day