GAY TIMES Issue 494

"Gay Times has been a vital resource for the LGBTQ community from its genesis in 1974. Whether that’s been spreading crucial awareness on policy changes and highlighting the ongoing fight for liberation, to the latest in fashion, celebrity, TV, film and music: Gay Times represents the truly multifaceted nature of the queer community. In 2017, the brand was proudly relaunched to fully embody its newfound mission to amplify queer voices. Now truly representing the vast and varied experiences of the LGBTQ initialism, Gay Times has evolved to be far more than solely a magazine. Now a leading LGBTQ media brand with the largest online audience of any queer publication in the world, it reaches more people than ever before, and continues to create and facilitate authentic connections, across the globe."

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EDITOR William J Connolly CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER Lewis Corner FASHION EDITOR Umar Sarwar DESIGNER Jack Pengelly COMMISSIONING EDITOR Oly Innes STAFF WRITER Daniel Megarry STAFF WRITER Sam Damshenas PHOTOGRAPHERS Jakub Koziel Hanifah Mohammad Franz Szony Laura Allard-Fleischl Jack Alexander STYLISTS Jon Lieckfelt WRITERS Connor Young Simon Button Simon Gage Stephen Unwin Jamie Windust Matt Moore ASSISTANTS Connor Young Jack Bradley Antoine Caballero Aliyah Finkel OUR PARTNERS Satellite 414, Stoked PR, Wilful Publicity, Atlantic Records, Fever PR, Brand USA, Cottages.com, James Villas, Marriott International, Talenthouse, The state of Illinois, United States of America, Wyndhams, Wickerwood, Purple PR WITH THANKS TO Bunny Hazel, Carl Marshall, David Sullivan, Elliot Berry, Elliott Keene, Emily Baird, Gregory Arlt, Henry James Wilson, Joel Phillips, Josh Moss, Julia Terrey, Julie Smith, Kazuhiro Takenaka, Magdalena Tucholska, Marcel Pariseau, Marlo Meekins, Michelle Class, Niamh Conneely, Rachel Hosseini, Rebecca Knaack, Rebecca McCarthy, Shannon Hanse, Steph Oldfield, Talia Smith, Tamara Nevies, Taylor Bailey, Tom Mehrtens, Tomomi Roppongi, Tony Medina We would like to thank Sarah Hein for set design…

6 min.
a note from us.

Hello queer friends and welcome to Spring, where, we’ve had a bit of a spring-clean. Have you noticed? I started the year welcoming you to our first printed issue of 2019 against a backdrop of political chaos, changing landscapes and world-changing stories. It feels like not much of that has changed (I write this as the United Kingdom enters yet another delayed vote on our membership status to the European Union.) What Spring does bring though is brighter days, crisper light and new hues to notice in the rainbow of our collective LGBTQ world. What has changed for us in just two months since I last wrote, is the clarity and lens in which we see that changing and shifting world at GAY TIMES. I promised to bring new voices, dimensions…

5 min.
the love list.

HELLBOY (in cinemas from 12 April) British filmmaker Neil Marshall (The Descent, Hannibal, Game of Thrones) directs the third live-action instalment in the Hellboy franchise, but this time, it’s a full-blown reboot. Stranger Things star David Harbour replaces Ron Perlman as the title character for this brand new adventure, which sees the half-demon battle an undead sorceress, played by Resident Evil’s Milla Jojovich. Ian McShane, Sasha Lane, Daniel Dae Kim, Brian Gleeson and Thomas Haden Church co-star. Oh, and how could we forget Laila Morse? Eastenders’ very own Mo Harris plays a gun-wielding shop employee, which, to be honest, is the scene we’re most excited for. SD THE HOXTON, CHICAGO (rooms from $199 per night, thehoxton.com) What began as the funkiest hotel in London’s glittering Hoxton has now gone all international, with trend-setting outposts in…

2 min.
watcha packin’?

TIME TO WORK OUT. If you’re looking for a smartwatch that specialises in health and fitness, it’ll come as little surprise that FitBit is your brand. Their Versa model outdoes its rivals with 4+ days of battery life, as it tracks your progress from morning to night. With a workout coach and plenty of fitness analytics a few taps away, it’s essentially a 24/7 personal trainer. (FitBit Versa available from John Lewis, priced £166.32) TIME FOR STYLE. If you want all the features of a smartwatch but don’t want your timepiece to look like a device a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger would have on their wrist, SKAGEN are masters of blending their minimalist Scandi style with cutting edge tech. With a simple command you have the services of Google Assistant, and with a tap…

9 min.

I get asked this question in every fucking interview,” Swedish pop-sensation ​Ängie says over a drink (it was four drinks) of Heineken in a Mile End, London pub. I brought up the fact that she was once labelled “the most controversial pop star around” by several media outlets, a label she vehemently disputes, while also noting that other mainstream male artists wouldn’t receive anywhere near the amount of flack as she does (for which she was grateful). “It’s so weird because there are so many men like Eminem and Tommy Cash doing it too. I got harassed by a fan two weeks ago because she thought I was too controversial and not a feminist because I said ‘motherfucker’ in Smoke Weed Eat Pussy… I’m always answering stupid DMs because I…

11 min.
riyadh khalaf. true influence.

Contemplating coming out as a teenager, Riyadh Khalaf would have been an avid reader of Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? had such a book existed. So the now-27-year-old broadcaster and YouTuber has written what he calls “a life bible for young queer guys” himself, noting: “I absolutely, desperately needed this book and everything that’s within its pages when I was younger but I was born a bit too early because I think publishers, retail sellers and the general public were afraid to support something like this in such an open way.” As loud and proud as Khalaf himself, the book is a very frank look at issues faced by gay teens. “And it’s kind of for everyone,” its author attests, “but with a lean into the very specific challenges that face…