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GAY TIMES Issue 504

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

1 min
thank you

First of all, thank you for purchasing Gay Times Magazine. You’ve shown your support of not only queer publishing and media, but the experiences of the wider LGBTQ community. If you’d like to continue reading Gay Times Magazine, the best value can be found in our varying subscription options. As a subscriber you’ll enjoy unparalleled access to the latest in queer culture, delivered to your door (before the shops) each and every month. You’ll also make great savings - up 42% per issue in fact! Best of all - if you purchase an annual subscription today, we’ll refund the cost of your last issue for you straight away! All you need to do is use the discount code: FEBRUARY2020 at the checkout and you will only pay £30 for 12 issues of Gay Times Magazine! But…

4 min
a note from us

February. An issue talking about love. Where’s the Devil Wears Prada ‘groundbreaking’ gif when you need it? Thing is, these pages are full of extraordinary people doing their bit to make the lives of queer people that little bit better. It’s fitting that Valentine’s Day – as soppy and consumerist as it is – falls within the same month that it’s LGBT History Month in the UK. It’s an opportunity for us queer Brits to reflect on the trailblazers and history-makers who fought for our right to love openly, live as our authentic selves and yes, be able to buy those same-sex Valentine’s Day cards so that we too can get swooped up into the capitalist-fuelled lovefest. Okay, I’ll stop being cynical now. What I’ve learned, however, is that while people should…

6 min
the love list

BIRDS OF PREY (in cinemas 7 February) Academy Award-winner Margot Robbie returns as the fan-favourite sociopathic supervillain Harley Quinn in the DC Extended Universe’s eighth adventure. Set shortly after the events of Suicide Squad, which got a rough ride from critics, Birds of Prey follows a now-single Quinn who joins forces with an all-female team of heroes (and anti-heroes) such as the Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Renee Montaya (Rosie Perez) to take down iron-fisted crime lord, Black Mask (Ewan McGregor). The women must overcome their differences to protect Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco), a young girl who is threatened by Black Mask after she steals from him. Out of all eight films in the DCEU, this looks set to be - in our opinion - the most…

4 min
i love me

LOOKING CLEAN SHAVEN. On these cold and dark winter mornings, the pleasure of a hot towel shave experience is just the type of incentive to get us out of the cosiness of our bed. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor offers just that. This high-tech device provides a sustained heat sensation via its warming bar, making every stroke of the razor more comfortable on your skin. With adjustable temperature levels, automatic overheating protection and a stylish magnetic wireless charging base, it’s a solid and sophisticated piece of tech to add to your everyday grooming routine. It’s also 100% waterproof meaning you can use it in the shower. Those early morning winter starts have just become way more bearable. Available from gillette.co.uk, priced £199 LOOKING FLAWLESS. You are supposed to clean your makeup brushes once a week,…

6 min
open door: the start of a campaign

On a dark February evening in 1954, a 17-year-old schoolboy met a man on the Exeter to Taunton express. Within weeks, that schoolboy was on trial. According to his prosecutor, Mr Kenneth Bain: ‘He got into conversation with a man in his compartment and made improper approaches. The man was a railway policeman and at Taunton took him into an office for questioning.’ The boy, Geoffrey Patrick Williamson, told them, ‘You may consider things morally wrong. I don’t.’ But Geoffrey had fallen into a trap laid by a ‘pretty policeman’ and his youthful defiance didn’t last long. Under official pressure, Geoffrey named 16 other men, mostly from Taunton, as sexual contacts. On 26th May 1954, they all stood trial with him on indecency charges at the Town Hall in Wells, Somerset. All…

7 min
queer love songs

Music and romance have always been intertwined, from candlelit dinners to the most memorable love stories on the big screen – these moments just wouldn’t be the same without a heartfelt soundtrack. Historically, this kind of music has been targeted towards straight couples, but in recent years we’ve seen an influx of openly LGBTQ artists who are unafraid to open their hearts and sing about queer love in all its forms. Whether it’s Glaswegian singer-writer Joesef recalling his first same-sex romance on the slow-burning Kerosene, Rina Sawayama embracing her pansexuality on the soaring pop anthem Cherry, or Kim Petras encapsulating the spiralling feelings of uncertain love on If U Think About Me, love songs have never been so queer. We’ve rounded up 12 of our favourites for you to add…