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GAY TIMES Issue 508

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

4 min
editor’s letter

When I started my career as a journalist a decade ago, little did I expect one day to be reimagining a legacy LGBTQ+ print publication like GAY TIMES Magazine during a global pandemic. It’s been immensely challenging to say the least, but as the media landscape has sadly proven time and time again recently, you have to adapt or you will disappear. Since 1974, GAY TIMES Magazine has been a montly publication informing, inspiring and entertaining the LGBTQ+ community. Our place has adapted massively over the decades, but the core mission remains the same; Queer storytelling is the focus of everything we do. Much of that content you now consume online via our world-leading digital and social channels, and seeing the levels of engagement grow massively over the summer has made…

3 min
gotta have it

5 min
jari jones

Jari Jones unapologetically exudes activism, beauty and purpose. She’s more than just a model. She acts as a voice for plus-size women, a voice for trans women and an aspirational role model to the Black LGBTQ+ community across the world. “Black Lives Lives Matter has been the cry out and mantra of my life,” she tells GAY TIMES, as she continues to blur the coloured lines and disrupt industry beauty standards. Jari was recently featured in the Calvin Klein 2020 Pride campaign, which went viral because of her beautiful distinction to other fashion campaigns that we’re accustomed to. “It was a win for queer folks, it was a win for Black people, it was a win for fat people,” she says. Jari is not wrong when she expresses the need…

10 min
gia ford

“I wanted to play on that persona and give whatever I’m writing this fictional character, even though it’s still me.” Elton John. Frank Ocean. Freddie Mercury. Dusty Springfield. There’s a strong tradition of LGBTQ+ music acts creating stage personas and going on to change the cultural landscape. Adopting a new moniker allows you to create a whole new identity, or simply present an enhanced version of the person you already are. For Gia Ford – who is known as Molly McCormick to her family and friends - it was very much the latter. “It was a really weird process, as I wanted to have a stage name because I wanted to have an elevated version of myself,” Gia tells us as she sits down for her interview as GAY TIMES and…

3 min
power of pride

While last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall rebellion in New York City, it is 2020 that marks the 50th anniversary of the Pride movement. It was in 1970 that LGBTQ+ advocacy groups began marching in cities across the United States to honour the uprising that had taken place just a year prior. Since then, Pride has grown into a powerful, visible and international movement, continuing to fight for queer liberation and LGBTQ+ equality for people everywhere. It was also in 1970 that the British arm of the Gay Liberation Front first formed in London, who would later march down Regent’s Street in what would be one of the earliest Pride events in the country. “We’re here to mark the 50th anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front which ignited the…

11 min
orville peck

When the biggest night in music was in full swing back in February, Orville Peck found himself surrounded by legends and icons at the 62nd Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Little did he expect that one of those titans of music would be making a beeline for him across the crowd calling out his name. “I looked and it was Shania Twain,” Orville tells me on the phone from Canada, where he’s currently in self isolation for two weeks. “She gave me a big hug, and she said ‘I’m a huge fan, I love the song you wrote for us, I can’t wait to work on it.’” The enigmatic country star had been waiting on a date to be locked in to record Legends Never Die with Shania; a song…