Happy Pride month! Every June, festivities are held in support of LGBTQ+ equality worldwide. This year is the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern LGBTQ+ movement that began at New York’s Stonewall Inn in 1969, and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan have recognized it in a very touching way.
On Saturday (June 1), the Duke and Duchess of Sussex took to Instagram to post a montage of nine photos from LGBTQ+ accounts they’ve chosen to follow throughout the month. The couple plan to shine a spotlight on all the work the organizations do.
“We stand with you and support you,” the post reads, along with a rainbow emoji. “Because it’s very simple: love is love.”
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Continuing with our tradition to rotate the accounts we follow based on causes and social issues that matter to us: For the month of June we “proudly” shine a light on PRIDE. This month we pay tribute to the accounts supporting the LGBTQ+ community - those young and old, their families and friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future. We stand with you and support you Because it’s very simple: love is love. Images above from the accounts we are now following and artist Ruben Guadalupe Marquez
The couple are now following 11 accounts, including the It Gets Better Project, the Human Rights Campaign, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Stonewall UK, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, SAGE USA, AKT, PFLAG and The Trevor Project.
Royal fans will note the couple included an image of Princess Diana, Harry’s late mother. It features Diana sitting on a hospital bed with a patient at a London facility that was treating people with HIV/AIDS in 1996.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time Diana visited people with HIV/AIDS. The late Princess of Wales is widely credited with having helped break down stigma around the illness by visiting HIV/AIDS patients. She first did so in 1987, when she opened the UK’s first HIV/AIDS unit caring for people with the disease. She also shook hands with patients there and did not wear gloves. At the time, there was a widely held misconception that HIV was spread through touch.
Also of note is an image in the very top left of the compilation Harry and Meghan posted. It is a portrait of Muhlaysia Booker, a transgender woman and transgender rights activist who was fatally shot last month in Dallas, Texas. She was the fourth of five transgender women known to have been killed in an attack in the United States this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
In 2017, Harry made the remarkable move of getting himself tested for HIV at the Terrence Higgins Trust's HIV testing centre to show young people why it's so important to know your HIV status. While there, he spoke with Andrew Bates, a volunteer who was diagnosed with HIV in 2016.
“[I want] to be an advocate for HIV positive people, and show the world that life doesn’t end after getting an HIV diagnosis,” Andrew told the prince.