GAY TIMES Issue 510

GAY TIMES Magazine is the first word on queer culture. For decades we’ve been at the forefront of the fight towards LGBTQ+ liberation, spotlighting queer talent, reporting on LGBTQ+ issues, and putting the community and its allies at the centre of our content. Our queer-first storytelling aims to bring us closer together, empathise with our queer siblings from diverse experiences, and challenge bigotry and discrimination in all its forms. Through interviews and features with people from the world of music, fashion, film, TV, the arts, and community-led campaigns, our exploration of queer culture and the power it posesses to instigate real change continues to chronicle the long-fought journey towards true liberation.

United Kingdom
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4 Udgivelser

i denne udgave

3 min
editor’s letter

I, like many others, was shocked and saddened to learn of SOPHIE’s death when I woke up on the last Saturday morning of January. At the age of 34, the trailblazing Scottish musician was taken way before her time, but she leaves behind a golden legacy. She was an innovative and revolutionary force in modern pop who not only created boundary-pushing anthems with the likes of Madonna, Charli XCX, and Kim Petras, but was a pioneer in the true sense of the word through her own unparalleled bodies of work. She will truly be remembered as one of the greats. It’s artists like SOPHIE who showcase the very best of queer creativity. As LGBTQ+ people we like to challenge the status quo. It’s no coincidence that some of the greatest creative…

4 min
gotta have it

Add spice and flare to your coffee table this Spring. Collaborating exclusively with Rizzoli, Francesco Ragazzi unveils his SS21 collection for Palm Angels with a limited-edition book zine. The zine invites some of today’s most experimental image-makers to be part of the project, with David Sims, Rosie Marks, Lea Colombo, Enzo Ragazzini, Friedrich Kunath, Javier Jaén, Javier Calleja and Thrush Holmes all contributing to the book. Themes of escapism and fantasy weave themselves throughout the zine and manifest in the collection itself. Ragazzi playfully creates his own fantastical multiverse for the new collection resulting in a bookzine that can be treasured, and placed on a bookshelf forever; a tactile object that serves as a reminder and time capsule of what has been lost with the pandemic. Whilst bringing home the…

10 min
tiana major9

“I’m trying to be an icon - that’s my goal,” says Tiana Major9, the British singer-songwriter who’s quickly becoming one of the UK’s most exciting musical exports. The 25-year-old rising star is speaking from her East London home a week after our photoshoot with her as the next Elevate artist; a collaboration between GAY TIMES and Apple Music to spotlight and support emerging LGBTQ+ talent as they break through into the mainstream. And breaking through is exactly what Tiana is doing – in a big way. The Londoner has been cutting her teeth as a performer and a songwriter for a few years, putting in the graft that resulted in her being signed to the prestigious and legendary Motown Records in the US. Much like her name suggests (Major9 is named…

9 min

A ragtag group of creatives, MICHELLE are the new kids on the block. Hailing from New York City, this rising collective is making waves in their local community with their sleek synths and R&Binfused soft pop; it’s refreshing grounded music, and we can’t get enough. Sofia D’Angelo, Julian Kaufman, Charlie Kilgore, Layla Ku, Emma Lee and Jamee Lockard are burgeoning experimental artists behind the collective’s moniker. Known for their slick, colourful dream pop and hushed R&B-styled melodies, the youngsters (all under the age of 21), drum up their influences of New York’s 90s sound scene into their own sonic montage. Now with a debut album chalking up street cred and a new label deal under their belt, GAY TIMES caught up with the rising stars of the moment to find out…

8 min
brad mondo

With a staggering 6.69 million subscribers on YouTube, Brad Mondo has become a staple for many during our lockdown lives. From his popular Mondo Makeovers with famous faces to hilarious hacks and tricky tips (such as using a fork to style your hair), Brad has taken the recipe for a successful social media career and added something that a lot of digital personalities rarely encapsulate. Honesty. I sit down with Brad on a windy evening in London as he pops up on my screen from New York City looking even more polished and exquisite as he does on our smartphones. “You know I miss travelling… I’ve got to get to London at some point but I’ve been in such a lucky position during the pandemic,” he starts. “I miss regular life…

10 min
great (black gay) expectations

Within every Black LGBTQ+ person is a deeply unique and personal story, one in which we grapple with our intersectionality, the complexities of race, sexuality and gender. In the case of Black men like myself, our deeply personal and unique experiences within the queer community are complicated by stereotypes, long-standing inequality and on-going racism. As we grapple with our own idiosyncrasies and intersectionality, I wanted to understand better, and from my peers, how they’re navigating what has become a particularly fraught moment. There is a long history of Black men stereotyped as aggressive, hypersexual, unemotional and violent - stereotypes rooted in racist characterisations employed to justify the enslavement and persecution of Black people. 1915’s Birth of Nation, which cemented Black men as the eternal sexual predator in the (white) public imagination,…