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BIG GAY FOLLOWING

LISTING ARLENE PHILLIPS’ CAREER milestones needs a lot of space. She created saucy dance troupe Hot Gossip, has made videos with Elton, Whitney and Freddie, choreographed musicals such as Starlight Express and We Will Rock You and movies including Annie, Can’t Stop The Music (starring the Village People), and Monty Python’s Meaning of Life. On top of that, she’s worked with some of the most successful directors of all time, from Ken Russell and John Huston, to Ridley Scott and Clint Eastwood — and then there’s her six-series stint as a no-nonsense judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

That’s pretty good going for the Lancashire lass who, after studying ballet and tap as a youngster, took a Dick Whittington-style trip to London in the Seventies to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer.

She achieved rather a lot more but now, having just turned 74, she is lifting the lid on her glittering career in a show that launches at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe before it begins a tour around the UK.

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On the cover, Adam Peaty, the first British Olympian to win gold at the Rio Olympics. Plus: Amini Fonua, the Tongan swimmer who famously challenged a homophobic attack from the media at the Rio Olympics; an exclusive look behind the scenes at GCHQ and the new generation of gay men following in Alan Turing’s footsteps; ten years of queer Glastonbury with an exclusive look at the history of The NYC Downlow; and writer Juno Dawson on why she thinks lots of gay men are really trans women.
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