The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William has confirmed his support in efforts to decriminalise homosexuality in 37 nations across the Commonwealth, accounting for nearly half of the nations around the world that still ban homosexuality.
William, who attended the official reception to mark Commonwealth Day, alongside other Royals, which included Prince Charles, and the Duchess of Cornwall, met with representatives of the Commonwealth Equality Network and Kaleidoscope Trust.
According to Pink News, William is reported to have expressed his support for LGBTI rights and reportedly raises the issue when travelling to other Commonwealth countries.
Kaleidoscope Trust confirmed the news, saying on Facebook that the organisation was “honoured to have the support of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, this #CommonwealthDay in our work furthering #LGBT human rights across the world with The Commonwealth Equality Network.”
UK based Ugandan LGBTI activist Edwin Sesange has welcomed Prince William’s support but believes he should do more.
“The fact is these laws did not exist in those countries prior to British colonialism, therefore Prince William should address the fact that Britain was wrong to introduce such laws in those countries,” he told Gay Star News.
“Therefore an apology on behalf of the monarch will do much as a starting a point,” he explained.
Prince Williams support for LGBTI rights in the Commonwealth follows protests, calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, which met the Queen and other members of the Royal family at Commonwealth day celebrations
Prince William has further expressed his intentions to continue to address LGBTI equality in the future.
Campaigners for the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the Commonwealth encourage individuals to sign a petition to the Commonwealth’s secretary general.