The Duke and Duchess of Sussex support LGBT Pride month

2019-06-11 05:08:44

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have posted a collage of images on Instagram that includes a photo of a US transgender woman who was slain a month after she was brutally beaten in an attack captured on video.

The British royal couple created the post to kick off Pride month, which recognises the impact of the LGBT community around the world. Muhlaysia Booker appears in the upper-left corner of the nine-image collage.

"This month we pay tribute to the accounts supporting the LGBTQ plus community - those young and old, their families and friends, accounts that reflect on the past and are hopeful for a deservedly more inclusive future," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote on Instagram. "We stand with you and support you. Because it's very simple: love is love."

Booker, 22, was found shot to death May 18 in a street in Dallas, Texas.

Harry and Meghan did not mention Booker in the post, which also included an image of Princess Diana, Harry's mother, comforting a patient in a hospital bed in an encounter that helped change public opinion about HIV/AIDS when she shook the man's hand.

The Today Show, in a story about the Instagram post, saluted Diana by recalling a speech her son made in 2017 in her honour.

"When that April, she shook the hand of a 32-year-old man with HIV, in front of the cameras, she knew exactly what she was doing," Harry said. "She was using her position as Princess of Wales - the most famous woman in the world - to challenge everyone to educate themselves; to find their compassion; and to reach out to those who need help instead of pushing them away."

- The Dallas Morning News

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