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Carly Slay

As she prepares to perform at this year’s Brighton and Hove Pride, Carly Rae Jepsen exclusively opens up about her gay fans, her love of 70s disco, 80s pop and the Spice Girls, and becoming the internet’s queen of memes.

Carly Rae Jepsen is so excited to hear our English accent that she agrees to test out her own, which turns out to have a northern twang. “I can only ask for one thing: ‘How about a cuppa tay?’ Is that right? But yeah, it’s horrible, I’m embarrassing myself!” Carly’s accent is actually better than she thinks– certainly more northern-sounding than what some actors on Coronation Street have achieved. If Carly slips into some British during her Brighton Pride performance in August, she’ll surely earn herself a roar of approval.

Carly, who’s Canadian, says she got “hooked” on Pride events after performing at World Pride in Toronto in 2014. “I just felt like the energy in the room was a different level of celebration. You could feel the love and the purpose and the freedom of the whole thing. I think Brighton’s going to be an amazing party.” These days, Pride events have their critics who reckon they’re increasingly irrelevant and commercialised, but Carly is convinced they still matter. “It’s a wonderful tradition to keep going,” she says in response. “It’s especially important for our youth to realise that this is something that’s been going on for a long time. Though it might mean something different now than when it first started, it’s still important to honour the history of it.”

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GT is getting it's fash mag slag on this month with our world gay press exclusive coverage of the new Absolutely Fabulous movie. There are interviews with all the main cast members: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield. Plus we created a Race to Harvey Nicks game and Catriona (Helen Lederer) popped in to give some advice to our readers. Cheers, sweeties! Names, names names in this issue: Bob the Drag Queen. 20 years of Beautiful Thing. Lawson's Ryan Fletcher. Homophobia vs free speech. Pixie Lott. Summer festival guide. Evan Williams. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah. Robert John Godfrey. Travel: Lausanne and Ibiza. And don't forget all the regular features we chanted for: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night dining with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. The Guyliner. Ask Aled. Michelle Visage. Benjamin Cohen. Wentworth Diary. Modern Family. PJ Brennan. Sex with Josh Sabarra. Property tips. Plus so much more, darling...