December 2021

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
Gay Times Limited
4 Issues

in this issue

3 min
editor’s letter

GAY TIMES Honours is back! After our digital-only event last year, we are thrilled to be returning to Magazine London in 2021 for a night of celebration. Coming together to recognise incredible people and organisations who have had a profound impact on the LGBTQ+ community is much-needed, and we couldn’t be happier to have once again made the event free to attend with a donation to our philanthropic initiative Amplifund. For this very special Honours issue we’ll be shining a spotlight on this year’s winners from across the world of activism, music, drag, sport, fashion, television and allyship. We also have some insightful cover stories with a trio of our Honourees. Each of the conversations touch upon the current climate for our trans siblings in the UK; one that is increasingly…

6 min
gotta have it

BLOOBLOOM Styles start at £95 When it comes to fashion staples that are a daily necessity it’s always a marvellous bonus to have time to meditate and contemplate your style decision. Thanks to Bloobloom, your next eyewear purchase can give you just that. As the fastest growing online eyewear brand in the UK they allow you to order five handcrafted frames straight to your door, totally free of charge, and with no obligation to buy. Once you’ve had time to try out and bank a few selfies of each style to determine the best fit, you can send the eliminated pairs back or simply ask for five new styles to try. Whether it’s prescription or sunnies, there’s styles and frames to suit all. Better yet, with every pair purchased another pair is…

6 min
sabah choudrey

The Future Fighter Honour showcases the brilliance, compassion and strength of those working within the LGBTQ+ community, to make the lives of those around them richer and safer. This year, this Honour goes to an individual who works with enthusiasm, strength, pride and humility to create a safe space for trans people. Through their work as a Head of Youth Services at Gendered Intelligence, they have provided hundreds of young people with the opportunity and ability to explore their authentic selves in a way they may have never experienced before. A self confessed ‘reluctant activist’, their position as Co-Director of Colours Of Youth was born out of a need for more QTIPOC representation, inclusion and engagement in youth services. The group was born out of the lack of representation and services they…

10 min
munroe bergdorf

GAY TIMES Honour for British Community Trailblazer presented by Sensodyne Munroe Bergdorf doesn’t fall for cultural ventriloquism. If anything, the British activist can spot pseudo-political ideas a mile out, especially ones that don’t serve the trans community. It’s midweek and the model is decked out in glam as she cordially reels off an affectionate response about her community: “Everything I do comes back to my community. Whether that’s women, trans people, or Black people, my community has always empowered me during times I felt unsure about myself.” Between impassioned sentences, Munroe breaks into a smile taking the time to introduce her hairless pet cat, Gigi, before slipping back into her message. “As a marginalized person in this country, we grow up in a culture that we are told is not inherently…

10 min
rainbow railroad

Since its inception in 2006, Rainbow Railroad has transformed the lives of thousands of LGBTQ+ refugees. Whether that’s through emergency relocation or other forms of assistance, the global non-for-profit organisation has made it their mission to help vulnerable LGBTQ+ citizens from all corners of the world facing persecution based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or sex characteristics by providing them with pathways to safety. “We do that work in the backdrop of 80 million displaced people around the world,” says Kimahli Powell, Executive Director at Rainbow Railroad - the latest recipient for the GAY TIMES Honour for International Community Trailblazer presented by Bud Light Seltzer. “70 countries have criminalised same-sex intimacy and those two crises intersecting means that there are more displaced LGBTQI+ people than ever before. So, we…

5 min
okay rina sawayama

GAY TIMES Honour for British Excellence in Music presented by Gorillas Rina Sawayama has upheld her rising legacy as a self-made icon. From her genre-blending musical landscape to her presence in the modelling world, the Elton John-approved artist has continuously proved to be an evolving talent that has landed her universal acclaim and praise for her work. It was in 2017 when Rina’s self-titled EP was unveiled. The eccentric mini-album was a testament to emerging sound; a slick R&B-inspired collection of tracks glazed with a fine-tuned statement pop sound. The compact eight-track compilation snagged the attention of artists, media, and audiences everywhere. Projecting an image of what the future of pop would look like, the singer’s pioneering breakthrough occurred with the explorative queer anthem Cherry. The twinkling sickly sweet single captured the…