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MYKKI BLANCO

IT’S A LIFE-CHANGING SUMMER FOR QUEER UNDERGROUND RAPPER, PERFORMANCE ARTIST, POET AND ACTIVIST MYKKI BLANCO. IN JUNE HE CAME OUT AS HIV POSITIVE VIA FACEBOOK IN ORDER TO CHALLENGE STIGMA AROUND THE SUBJECT, AND IN JULY HE ANNOUNCED THE LAUNCH OF HIS RECORD LABEL AND NEW MUSIC PROJECT C-ORE

Mykki Blanco (born Michael David Quattlebaum Jr) is one of the gay world’s most authentically innovative artists right now. And like any true counter-culture pioneer who emerged from relative obscurity to the top of the underground music scene’s ladder you’d expect him to have an equally alternative upbringing by equally alternative parents. Blanco ticks all those boxes, and then some.

Let’s start with his dad, a San Francisco based psychic who Blanco says was a powerful influencing force in his life. “I remember being a kid and he would take me to psychic-orientated bookshops, and

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**Download on iPhone to experience a whole new way to read attitude on the go. To sync your purchases to our iPhone app just login to a Pocketmags account in-app on your primary device then login with the same details on the attitude iPhone app.** The Style Issue of Attitude features BBC Business presenter Ben Thompson on the cover, who talks about being gay on TV in our main interview and shoot. Inside, we chat to the legendary Cyndi Lauper about opening Kinky Boots in London, and musician Mykki Blanco opens up about breaking the stigma around HIV. This month is full of fashion, with spreads from Diesel, F&F and all the best watches on the market. There’s more TV too, in an interview with Andrew Haigh, director of Weekend and Looking, as well as Rebecca Root - the latest transgender actress to star on our screens. We also speak to the London man who was attacked with bleach in Vauxhall, and do a round up of our inaugural Pride Awards.