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GAY TIMES Issue 502

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.

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United Kingdom
Gay Times Limited
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
shop the runway

5 min
round hill, jamaica.

“We’re homophobic,” says the handsome Jamaican man eating opposite me with a grin. “But not as homophobic as everyone says. Isn’t that right?” and he turns to his husband for confirmation. The husband agrees. “They like to exaggerate about Jamaica,” he says. “Jamaicans are the fastest, the most violent, the sexiest… and the most homophobic. As much as we’d like some of that to be true – and some of it is! – it’s all part of the myth of Jamaica.” And you might think that sitting in the smartest resort on the whole of the island, the homophobia out there wouldn’t matter, but these are the general manager and the spa manager talking and they use their clout in the world of Jamaican tourism to personally lobby the government to…

14 min
johannes radebe.

“How is this all happening because of me wearing a pair of heels?” questions Johannes Radebe, the Strictly Come Dancing pro and favourite that’s become news headlines across the globe. The South African-born dancer might have left the BBC One show this season earlier than any of us sadly expected, but his time with celebrity partner Catherine Tyldesley was anything but a quiet ride. From explosive dance numbers to making history with the first same-sex pairing when he gave a special performance with fellow Strictly pro Graziano di Prima, Johannes Radebe is the queer representation we all need right now. And while he embraces the fun, as an openly gay Black man, it counts for so much more. “Dance was special because it was my refuge,” he tells Catherine Tyldesley, who has…

9 min
carlie hanson.

In just over two years, Carlie Hanson has become - cliche statement alert! - one to watch in the pop landscape. At just 19-years-old, the American singer-songwriter and skateboarder has toured with queer megastars such as Troye Sivan, Kim Petras and Yungblood, amassed over 70 million streams with her infectious alt-pop anthems and has even been championed on numerous occasions by Taylor Swift. “It’s surreal, I have no words for it,” she tells us of her breakout success (in her distinctive Wisconsin twang). “I have written tattoos for fans and I’ve seen them after. It’s like, ‘Holy shit! You totally have my handwriting on your body for the rest of your life.’ I cannot comprehend that.” How did her journey start? Well stay tuned, because we’re going to tell you: according…

9 min
british fashion council new wave: creatives

We approached 5 of the breakout creatives to interpret and express what modern queerness meant to them through their respective artforms. KEZIAH QUARCIO Photographer & Director Keziah is a Photographer and Filmmaker with a passion for empowering everyday people through visibility and sharing relatable stories in a visually exciting way. Previously working at I-D Magazine she honed her cinematography skills and branched out to start creating her own film work. Nominated as one of The Dots 100 in 2018, this year has seen her direct videos for a number of clients including Skoda, Fitbit and McDonald’s, as well as shooting the cover story of Adwoa Aboah’s Gurls Talk takeover of Stylist Magazine. Outside of this, her main focus is personal photography projects shining light on people often overlooked in mainstream media as well…

12 min
jodie harsh

She might be Harsh by name, but she’s anything but harsh by nature. British DJ and fashion lover Jodie Harsh has risen from the narrow streets of her native Kent to hanging with Madonna and Lady Gaga, and most recently opening for the Spice Girls at “Wembley fucking Stadium” – her words. Now stepping into a new world by mixing her love of nightlife with music, the three-time Billboard Dance number one owner is ready for a new challenge. “The plan is to be like Diplo… but in a wig,” laughs Jodie to friend Nick Grimshaw. The pair first met on Myspace. “I’ve done everything in the wrong order. I started doing drag, events and then started to DJ at events. And then after that, I started to make music. Really…