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When our schools have failed in educating young kids on subjects like sexuality and abuse, shows such as Hollyoaks have been there to pick up the slack. Now, the much-loved soap is picking up the mantle of suicide and mental health in what could be its most important storyline yet.

This month’s shocking twist in Scott Drinkwell’s storyline might have shaken up Hollyoaks fans, with the soap’s most unashamedly camp character suddenly revealed to have major chinks in his armour. But Ross Adams, who has played Scott on the show since 2015, hopes the suicide attempt that pulled the rug from under viewers’ feet will help change their perceptions, especially among the gay audience.

“When I first started on the show a lot of people in the gay community didn’t warm to Scott,” says the actor about the catty troublemaker who’s previously mainly been played for laughs. “I had a lot of comments like ‘That camp character is taking us back 25 years and he’s a stereotype’, but within any culture there are all types of people, and for all of Scott’s campness and silliness he’s very much a real person having real issues.”

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Our July cover star Tommy Dorfman is one of the rising stars to emerge from Netflix’s controversial new series 13 Reasons Why. The 25 year old revels in the controversy, noting that the show has instigated a conversation around mental health in young people that is sorely needed. Incredibly frank, and incredibly cute, we sit down with Tommy for an exclusive, no-holds-barred shoot and interview about his husband, struggles with addiction, gender fluidity and The Spice Girls (duh). Tommy’s unique tone and personality evince a positive response to hardship within the LGBT+ community, and his use of platform to promote love and equality demonstrate his rightful place in the limelight. This responsibility that our idols and icons alike have to enact change and project positive messages cannot be understated in a world increasingly burdened by a cacophony of hatred. Elsewhere in the issue: Paul O'Grady declares war on Russia; Debbie Harry on why she considers herself 'unisex'; Geri Horner on her George Michael tribute; Jonny Pierce on his sexual awakening; Miles Yekinni on why the muslim and gay communities should be standing shoulder to shoulder; plus style, travel, culture and much more!