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Let’s make the Yuletide gay

AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, VICKY BEECHING SHARES HER SEASONAL SURVIVAL TIPS

“Have yourselves a merry little Christmas, make the Yuletide gay,” so goes the famous festive song. However, in reality, Christmas can be far from merry. It’s often a tough time for many – especially those of us in the LGBT+ community. And far from being “gay”, the “Yuletide” season can feel extremely straight!

Whether it’s the pressure of buying and choosing gifts, or spending time in close quarters with relatives, research has shown that Christmas gets listed among the top 10 “most stressful life events” for the general public; up there with divorce, losing a job, or moving house.

Now, before you think I’ve become a total Scrooge and only have negative things to say about it, let me assure you that I love Christmas. It has huge significance for me spiritually. Plus, I adore twinkly fairy lights and the excuse to eat chocolate in vast quantities while watching Harry Potter and Lord Of The Rings box sets on repeat.

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We’re thrilled to have YouTube stars Rose and Rosie on our cover once again! Find out what they’ve been up to since we last spoke and enjoy digital extras including an exclusive behind the scenes video from our cover shoot and bonus images. Also in this issue… Bad Girls: Roxy Bourdillon meets the cast of the ITV drama and finds out why we still hold a candle for Larkhall 10 years on Magda Szubanski: Why we love the Kath and Kim star Comedian Jayde Adams: “DIVA outed me to my family” Vicky Beeching on making the Yuletide gay Heather Peace: Why it’s cool to be kind Phyll Opoku-Gyimah asks “Where’s our humanity?” Holidays are coming: Yule love our Christmas gift guide! PLUS: Travel, fashion, family and much, much more!
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