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Class Warrior

ADAM CLIFFORD IS THE ANTI-GENTRIFICATION PROTESTOR WHO WANTS THE GAY SCENE TO GET RE-POLITICISED...

REVIEW OF THE YEAR

GENTRIFICATION VS THE GAY SCENE

IN APRIL, FOLLOWING A CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT IT FROM BEING TURNED INTO LUXURY FLATS, ONE OF THE UK’S LONGEST RUNNING GAY VENUES, THE BLACK CAP, WAS SUDDENLY CLOSED BY ITS OWNERS. IT WAS JUST ONE OF MANY LGBT VENUES TO CLOSE IN RECENT YEARS DUE TO GENTRIFICATION.

Adam Clifford likes to tell the truth.

“I don’t really like your magazine,” he says, as we take stools in a Camden pub. “But I thought I should get the word out there.”

I smile, and gloss over any potential awkward beginnings to the interview. Clifford is 36, and remarkably attractive. Even the bright peroxide blonde of his buzzcut can’t overshadow the effect of his sculpted cheekbones and full lips. HOMO is tattooed across the knuckles of his left hand. Rarely does he make eye contact as he speaks.

I am here to assess what the word he wants to get out there is, but first I ask him about his background.

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In a world exclusive first magazine cover shoot, Years and Years singer Olly Alexander tells us about his amazing rise to the top of the charts, his struggles with depression – and dealing with heartache as he splits up from his boyfriend, clean bandit’s Neil Amin-Smith. Inside, our review of the year looks at the most records, films and TV programmes that have shaped your year. We interview the gay owners of the controversial Cereal Killer Café, meet four amazing trans men set to redefine trans awareness and meet a man who is fighting back against the gentrification of the gay scene. Plus fashion, film, fitness and everything you’d expect from a regular issue of Attitude.
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