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Winner of the Time Out Performer of the Year in 2010, queer writer and artist Scottee has created challenging works across theatre, fine art and installation. His latest piece Fat Blokes challenges the desexualisation of fat people. Photograph by Brian Teeling.

I grew up in north London. My family came over from Ireland and we were put into social housing. I was kicked out of school when I was 13 years-old and I never went back into education. My mother put me forward for drama classes because I was quite shy and she wanted me to grow in confidence. So being an artist all happened by accident. I had no qualifications, no training, I didn’t go to art school. The work that I make is often from that perspective of what happened to me as a 13 year-old. It’s very political, community based, engaged with non-artists.

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In this super-hot Sex Issue, we are celebrating sex positivity and body positivity, all of the good stuff, basically. In a host of incredible interviews and opinion pieces, the community speaks about the issues that matter to them. The fabulous Evvol talk about showcasing lesbian eroticism in their work, while a special report details the afterparty scene for gay men. We speak to Mary Shannon, the custodian of the Irish Names Quilt, while iconic photographer Wolfgang Tillmans talks about his latest exhibition. In recognition of the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, we highlight the activists and volunteers of ACT UP and KnowNow and look at key moments in Ireland's battle against the virus. We also speak to people from across the spectrum of varying relationships about why theirs works for them. We think you'll enjoy this one!