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Neil Amin-Smith

He’s been one of the most outspoken and fearless role models for LGBT+ people in the past 12 months, so it was about time he appeared on the cover of GT. In his first-ever cover shoot and interview, Clean Bandit’s silver-tongued Neil Amin-Smith pulls no punches as he takes on the taboo of gay shame, tackles the issues of racism and misogyny within our community, and launches his campaign to becoming our next Labour Prime Minister… Well, sort of.

back to the summer of 2014. Britain leaving the European Union was nothing more than a crackpot idea rattling around between the ears of Nigel Farage, Donald Trump was a reality TV star with a funny catchphrase, and the Labour Party was posing fierce opposition to an oppressive Tory government under the steady hand of Ed Miliband.

Fast-forward two years, though, and the world is a very different place. Bungling BoJo has made Farage’s dream a reality, Trump is inching ever-closer to getting his pudgy hands on the US’s nuclear arsenal – possibly bringing about an armageddon of biblical proportions – and while Corbynmania has risen, it’s subsequently plummeted the Labour Party into a cesspit of in-fighting and pandemonium.

But while everything around us is going to shit, we need to take comfort in the fact that there are still people fighting and working towards a safer, more inclusive world.

Which brings us to Neil Amin-Smith. It was that summer of 2014 when Neil first appeared on the pages of GT. Back then, he was the classically-trained violin player in one of the country’s hottest new bands, Clean Bandit. And while that’s still very much the case – with the group gearing up for their highly-anticipated full-scale return, fresh off the heels of corking comeback single Tears – Neil has now evolved (to borrow a trope from Pokemon) into a card-carrying out gay man and LGBT+ activist in his own right.

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In his FIRST-EVER cover shoot, chart-topping star Neil Amin-Smith talks to GT about sexuality, racism and the Labour Party in our September style issue. Speaking of style.... We've got 57 pages of the must-have looks, grooming products and gadgets to see you right for AW16. Also in your brand new GT – Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis explores the world of sex workers, Kerry Ellis defies gravity with our sweetie jar of random questions and award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor reveals how playing a trans woman made him a better father and husband. Plus, theologian Vicky Beeching tells her remarkable story of coming out and being an Evangelical Christian.