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JAMES & AUSTIN

The bromance between the breakout stars of Celebrity Big Brother made for the best TV moment of 2015.

Attitude Award Winner

TV MOMENT OF THE YEAR

PHOTOGPAPHY SIMON TAYLOR

GROOMING HOLLY DAVIES USING MAC

STYLING NICK BYAM

While it’s popular for people to sneer at notorious reality TV show Big Brother, it should be remembered that over the past twenty years it has been integral in representing the LGBTI community probably more so than many other programme.

Cast your mind back to series one, which saw Irish lesbian Anna Nolan capture our hearts and and become the show’s first winner. A year later, the great British public crowned super sweet trolley dolly Brian Dowling as the victor of the following series. Long before Caitlyn Jenner became the global trans role model we all know and love, viewers embraced Portuguese trans woman Nadia Almada after making her the worthy winner of 2005’s series.

Big Brother and its celebrity spin off, Celebrity Big Brother, continues to represent all aspects of the community. However, this summer’s series of CBB captivated the world through the unlikely but heartwarming relationship between handsome gay hottie Austin Armacost and gorgeous star of The Apprentice James Hill.

A gay guy and straight guy being mates may not be a big deal to most, but watching the pair share a bed, indulge in ‘man tubs’ and enjoy intense personal conversations, was simply heart-warming and, in its own way, progressive. Like a gay version of When Harry Met Sally, their platonic relationship became the subject of much debate about whether gay and straight men can really be just friends. But as time went on James and Austin proved they absolutely could, and this award celebrates the fascinating dynamic between these two very different men. Never before have gay and straight relationships been studied so deeply by a mainstream audience.

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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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