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Julian Clary

Where do we even start with a performer and artist like Julian Clary?

His naughty one-liners and outrageous style have been challenging middle England, sticking it to the status quo and shocking audiences into hysterics for decades now. While throughout the 80s and 90s the mainstream media would systematically try and make us feel ashamed of our homosexuality, our embracing of the feminine, or even, yes, our campness, Julian wore all three as badges of honour, donning lycra outfits and a face full of make-up while making jokes about fisting the then- Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont on national telly. The phrase you’re looking for is, “When will your faves?”

So when the phone rings in the Gay Times office on a rainy summer’s afternoon and we’re greeted by Julian’s dulcet tones, it takes us a little by surprise to find that he’s just settling in for a week of rest and relaxation at his country home in Kent. “I’m going into rustic mode for a week,” he sighs with relief.

Julian has certainly earned himself a bit of time off. Since starting his career as part of the alternative comedy scene in the early 80s, the man has pretty much never stopped working. Film, radio, panto, children’s books, countless TV shows, nationwide tours and stand-up in the back rooms of dodgy clubs. He even won Celebrity Big Brother back in 2012. You name it, Julian has done it.

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Out of the Blue: Simon Webbe on why we need to stand up and start talking about mental health. Elsewhere in the issue, Five to Five recreate Take That's iconic Do What U Like video; Julian Clary on embracing one's queerness; celebrated queer actor Cecil Baldwin speaks out against HIV stigma; Shania Twain on the comeback she thought would never happen; Francis Lee on his 'British Brokeback' God's Own Country; an expanded style section that will leave you gagging; plus opinion, travel and much more.