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GAY TIMES Issue 498

"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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5 min.
a note from us.

In the immediate days after returning from World Pride 50 in New York City – of which I’ll admit I’m still tired from even now – family and friends fired over the classic, ‘What the experience was like?’ Obviously my first reaction was, ‘Have you not seen my Instagram?’ After working through a series of photos and videos, I managed to gather words that don’t really do the experience justice. Picture it: Thousands of visible and vocal LGBTQ people taking a stand, being seen and heard in a way that’s never been on quite the same scale. Famous faces mixed with community leaders. Laverne Cox, Shangela and Whoopi Goldberg alongside British trailblazer Lady Phyll leading the representation for UK Black Pride, with lndya Moore, Mj Rodriguez and Dominique Jackson from…

6 min.
the love list.

TAYLOR SWIFT-LOVER (album out 23 August) Taylor Swift might be a divisive figure in the LGBTQ community, but there’s no denying she has the ability to craft fanfuckingtastic pop music. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter’s seventh studio album, Lover, feels like an optimistic departure from her previous effort, reputation, which saw the star hit out at her various critics (Look What You Made Me Do being a prime example). Although Lover hits similar territory at times - as evidenced in future LGBTQ anthem You Need to Calm Down - it’s much more bubbly. There isn’t as many Max Martin-produced bops as reputation or 1989, but trust us when we say this album is filled to the brim with earworms. Could it become her fifth consecutive album to sell over one million copies in…

3 min.
screen queens.

A SCREEN TO ENTERTAIN. If you’re looking for a tablet to keep you entertained on the go, the Google Pixel Slate is the one. For a start, its Molecular Display delivers the sharpest picture for bingeing your favourite TV series, or catching up on all the latest movie releases. The 12.3” screen is also perfect for hi-octane gaming, while the ability to download your entertainment library means you don’t need to be connected to Wi-Fi to kick some ass on the racing track. The offline feature extends to Google Docs too, meaning you can use your device for work without a connection. Add to that long-lasting battery life, fast recharge, easy unlocking with Pixel Imprint, Google Assistant, and full compatibility with the Pixelbook Pen for further features, it’s a sleek and…

4 min.
the next 50 years of queer liberation.

Love out loud. That was the message on the W Hotels float as it travelled through the streets of New York City as part of the World Pride parade this summer. With queer anthems booming from the speakers and screams of joy from queer youth in the crowd who spotted Lesbain Jesus herself, Haykey Kiyoko, dancing and waving a Pride flag from the podium, the love was most certainly loud. The monumental parade – which was led by UK Black Pride’s Lady Phyll and Pose stars MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore and Dominique Jackson as Grand Marshals at the front – broke records for the biggest Pride the world has ever seen. More than 4.5 million people lined the streets of Manhattan for the biggest queer celebration humankind has come together for.…

3 min.
after stonewall.

Fred W. McDarrah’s latest edition of Pride: Photographs After Stonewall is a definitive visual account of the queer liberation movement in New York, following the Stonewall uprising in Greenwich Village in 1969 – an event that marked the coming-out of New York’s LGBTQ community. As a direct outcome of the uprising, Pride marches were held in 1970 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. And now, 50 years later, Pride celebrated in thousands of cities across the world as a reminder of the journey and progress we’ve made, and the steps we still have to take. In this exclusive photo essay, Fred’s photographs showcase the true diversity of Pride marches and key events through the turn of each decade, highlighting how it’s the voices of the minority that have helped us…

6 min.
jiwandeep kohli.

I was scrolling through my Twitter feed on 1 June, admiring a series of Pride Month posts. They caught my attention because until that day, I had mostly been using Twitter to keep up with new science and complain about graduate school. I felt compelled to contribute my own Pride tweet though, so I dug back in the archives of my camera roll for an almost year-old photo and wrote up an alliterative expression of some of the aspects of my identity of which I am proud. I didn’t think much of it – after all, this wasn’t the first time I’d shared this exact photo on social media. For whatever reason, however, this tweet launched me into 15 minutes of viral fame and set the stage for a series…