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HOLLY JOHNSON

The Relax hitmaker was unapologetically open about his sexuality during the conservative 80s. After a sold-out solo tour last year, Attitude honours a man who helped pave the way when other pop stars remained deeply closeted…

Attitude Award Winner

ICON AWARD

PHOTOGRAPHY: TREVOR LEIGHTON

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When Holly Johnson began the preparations and rehearsals for his first solo tour in 2014, an astonishing 25 years since his first solo record Blast, he decided to perform at least one track from each of the six albums of his authorship that comprise his brilliant back catalogue. The selections from the two Frankie Goes to Hollywood albums that sent Holly to an unparalleled level of global ubiquity for an out gay man in the mid-80s were easy to cherry pick. There is perhaps no stronger three-song finale to rival his incendiary pummel through sex (Relax), war (Two Tribes) and a particularly devastating romantic optimism (The Power of Love) in the entire pop cannon. To the shift in British gay acceptance, these songs are deeply symbolic. Each night, they brought the house down.

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In this very special issue meet the winners of the Attitude Awards 2015, including Celebrity Big Brother stars Austin Armacost and James Hill, recently out rugby stud Keegan Hirst, TV stars Reggie Yates, Cyril Nri and Lorraine Kelly, plus beloved Corrie actor Antony Cotton. But we’re not only celebrating the world’s greatest stars - nods also go to 56 Dean Street for their sterling work in the gay community, the same-sex marriage victory in the Republic of Ireland, Scottish politician Mhairi Black and handsome French entrepreneurs Pierre and Adrien Gaubert. Elsewhere in the issue, we have all your regular favourites, including this month’s Active section which features 6’5” US hunk and star of TV’s Baby Daddy Derek Theler, with extra unmissable pictures on the iPad. We also launch a new feature exclusive to iPad, Small Town Boy, plus find lots of bonus pictures and video clips inside.
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