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Attitude Magazine Summer 2021

The World’s Best Gay Magazine. We pride ourselves on exclusive content and we are the premier destination for film, music, sports and pop stars plus LGBT heroes and allies that want to speak directly to gay men. Each issue has a balance of features on a diverse range of subjects, with block busting A-list celebrity exclusives and in-depth analysis of news and issues affecting the LGBT community. No other gay magazine can come anywhere near Attitude’s star pulling power, with celebrities such as James Franco, Tom Hardy, Elton John, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ian McKellen, Liam Payne, Take That, Matthew Lewis and countless more giving exclusive gay press interviews to us. Plus we have the likes of Paris Lees, Matt Lucas, David Furnish, not only appearing in the magazine but also writing for it.

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United Kingdom
Stream Publishing Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
meet the team

Alastair James, online writer I’m most proud of the work I’ve done on myself over the past few years. I’ve struggled with my mental health for a long time and only began to tackle those issues fairly recently. And this year I finally started doing what I want to do — not what I thought I should do — which includes taking this job at Attitude! And I love it! Lee Dalloway, freelance writer I’m proud that we live in a time when young people have the internet at their fingertips and many use it to spread awareness and tolerance. A young gay guy in India or a young trans woman in Kenya have a voice, and they’re able to realise we all have more in common than we do differences. I believe…

1 min
up & down

LEGS STEP OUT FOR EQUALITY Wear your rainbow heart on your sleeve and slip on your short shorts – oh, hello, moose knuckle! BRICKING IT Lego sets itself up for Pride to the cheers of the GayFOL (Gay Fan Of Lego) NICK OF TIME Nickelodeon casts first trans actor Sasha Cohen in Danger Force HOME SWEET HOMO It’s Staycation Summer Vol. 2 – the sequel nobody asked for. See ya in Bognor! GET THE WET LOOK Nothing dampens a chic summer ensemble than great big sweat patches OFF THE RAILS Hornby apologises after selling Pride-themed train carriage with no proceeds to LGBTQ+ charities FEELING OLD Born This Way’s 10th anniversary and the Friends reunion is a bittersweet reminder of the passing of time ALL TRUSS-ED UP Another blow for equality as the inequalities minister urges the government to pull out of Stonewall’s diversity scheme…

3 min
editor in chief’s letter

If you had asked somebody pre-pandemic who they considered to be the world’s greatest hero, the likely answer would have been a Marvel or DC Comics character. (I’ll put my hands up, mine would have been Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, or Storm — but the original comic version over the limp, Halle Berry movie interpretation, obvs.) But we don’t have to look to fictional characters for examples of people doing incredible things. COVID-19 reminded us that the heroes who really matter walk among us, and we’d be hard-pressed to find a person who today wouldn’t place a friend, family member, colleague or community figure at the top of their heroes list. These include the inspirational likes of Ted Brown, p.92, who has been challenging injustice since 1970. As well as helping to organise…

2 min
attitude l♥ves…

BEOSOUND EXPLORE Brave the great outdoors (yes, hun, that might mean leaving Zone 2) with the help of Bang & Olufsen’s new portable speaker, the Beosound Explore. Made for adventure — whether you are hiking in the hills or winging it to a chicken shop on a Saturday night — this pocket-sized companion is tough and robust, encased in a scratch-resistant type 2 anodised aluminium shell; the first speaker of its kind on the market. Available in black, green and grey, the Beosound Explore is also lightweight and waterproof — which could prove very handy if this damp squelch of a summer continues. Price: £179. bang-olufsen.com THE DUTCH BOYS Romance (and not a little heartache) is in the air in The Dutch Boys, a series of short films set in the Netherlands. Dante vs…

3 min
the dangerous road to freedom

In Cameroon, a national conversation around the LGBT+ community has erupted following the five-year jail sentences imposed on trans celebrity Shakiro, and her friend Patricia, for “attempted homosexuality”. Their sentencing, on 11 May, following their arrest in February, is nothing but a homophobic government lashing out at members of the LGBT+ community. Shakiro happens to be the most well-known victim of this repression, a consequence of her popularity on social media, and her sentence is the state’s response to the increasing visibility of Cameroonians like her. Since this miscarriage of justice, many Cameroonians have sided with the government on social media platforms. Sadly, this support has mutated into attacks on the LGBT+ community. Activists who have dared to speak out in protest have also received threats. The Global Campaign for Peace & Justice…

2 min
the rules

PAY RESPECT to the LGBTQ+ heroes who paved the way by brushing up on queer history. No, not your Drag Race herstory — although if you happen to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of both, werk! GET INTO THE SPIRIT by pumping out those queer anthems. Gloria’s I Will Survive, Gaga’s Born This Way, I Feel It Coming by The Weeknd — oops, that last one’s from a different playlist. WEAR A SENSIBLE SHOE. Trust, you’ll regret stepping out in your skyscraper heels within seconds. We strongly advise a pair of kitten heels; jokes, they’re about as painful as listening to David Cameron try to wriggle out of a scandal. QUENCH YOUR THIRST by gulping down… lots of water. Getting blasted on your lil’ Diane Abbott (we stan) M&S tinnies without staying hydrated is…