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November 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

I don’t usually like to use this letter to speak about GAY TIMES’ success too much because it can all become a bit too self-congratulatory, but we passed a milestone last month that I am incredibly proud of. On Instagram we became the first LGBTQ+ publication in the world to hit a million followers. Our content on the platform regularly reaches more than 20m people each month. For a media brand created in 1984 (with our origins going back even further to 1974), to still be reaching new generations of LGBTQ+ people in innovative ways has been no easy feat. We’ve gone from a community newspaper to reaching a huge amount of people across the globe on a daily basis, always prioritising the queer agenda. I want to take this…

6 min
gotta have it

The all new Tiffany & Co. scent will ensure you see the world in rose-gold tinted sunglasses. There really is something fruity going on here with gorgeous notes of blackcurrant and lavish lychee sprinkled with pink pepper for a super playful top note. The main event is the blue rose accord, lending some signature class to this fresh fragrance. The scent closes with a deep musk and iris combo that will take you straight to your breakfast at Tiffany’s. This truly is the power of scent, one spritz of this in the morning and your summer romance will never end. Throwing it back to the jeweller’s iconic diamond cuts and precious metals, this perfume revamps the classic Tiffany Blue packaging, dipping into modern rose-gold waters. Etched into the bottle are the…

10 min
why do pronouns matter?

THEY THEM The cultural conversation surrounding pronouns has been a strung out one. Whether it’s a heated debate unfolding on social media, a certain Canadian professor loudly proclaiming his unwillingness to respect students’ pronouns, or a gimmicky half-baked joke parodying what people can choose to identify as. In short, the topic of pronouns has, somehow, been propped up as some kind of social justice warrior novelty, rather than considered discourse that shapes how we respect each other in the queer community. So, to offer some clarity on the subject, GAY TIMES spoke with a handful of LGBTQ+ people to unpack why pronouns (which we’ve used extensively throughout history) has suddenly become such a hotbed topic. For me, pronouns make absolute sense. Well, when it comes to basic syntax and the understanding of…

11 min
syd new future: syd is carving her own legacy

Syd Bennett is the evolutionary artist raising the stakes with charismatic, soulful music. Stepping away from the game-changing hip-hop collective Odd Future, Syd’s new era sees her reinvent herself, even shedding the latter part of her alias (Syd tha Kyd). The cultural impact of the LA musical group - and her famed counterparts Tyler, the Creator, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt - ricocheted through the new wave scene. Their rugged, freewheeling style was doused in edgy lyricism and a self-made aesthetic capturing the attention of the music nation. Speculation on the future of the group remains but, for the 29-year-old, things have moved on. Since then, Syd has scooped up a Grammy nomination with her new band, The Internet, which she founded in 2011. The California collective’s third studio album, Ego Death,…

14 min
the world’s mightiest queeroes! when can we expect some proper lgbtq+ representation in the marvel cinematic universe?

The “Grieving Man” was a bit of a sour moment for the MCU, wasn’t it? Maybe it wasn’t as tokenistic as the all-female team up in Avengers: Endgame’s final moments (still slayed though), but it wasn’t the LGBTQ+ representation we’ve been heavily campaigning for since Iron Man launched the most profitable franchise in cinematic history back in 2008. In the aforementioned Avengers blockbuster, viewers received their first openly gay character in an MCU film after 21 critically-acclaimed blockbusters (bar Thor: The Dark World…) and it was, well, it was shoddy as fuck. Played by co-director Joe Russo, the scene in question saw the “Grieving Man” confide in America’s ass Steve Rogers during a post-snap support group about his first date since losing his male partner. It was… miniscule. But of…

8 min
lgbtq+ people love horror films, but does horror love us back?

Midsommar (2019), Scream (1996), and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) are undeniable contemporary classics. As a self-professed lover of film, horror was always something I was enthused by, but I often overlooked them for psychological thrillers; Panic Room (2002) and A Quiet Place (2018) remain a few of my favourites. Aside from Jennifer’s Body (2009), horror wasn’t something I was gripped by, but it’s hard to sidestep the obvious: blood-soaked films have a hold over the queer community. We’re all familiar with the post-movie conversations guessing which character was likely the gay one or if the film was laden with queer subtext or not. Horror and its aesthetics (yes, this includes the androgynous stylings, overt homoerotic themes, and considered dialogue) has become a genre, that many remark,…