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Big Gay Following

SHE’S BEEN A SENSATION SINCE SHE WAS 13 — AND SINGING WITH A GAY CHOIR TO HIGHLIGHT SUICIDES AMONG YOUNG LGBT PEOPLE — SELLING CLOSE TO 40 MILLION RECORDS AND WINNING TWO GRAMMYS ALONG THE WAY. NOW SHE’S BACK WITH A NEW SOUND

LEANN RIMES

It’s hard to believe that it’s been two decades since LeAnn Rimes stormed on to the music scene with Blue. Signed at 11, an international megastar at 16, she’s sung around the world for royalty and religious figureheads while shaking off the haters. Now 33, she’s back and all about the love…

Despite the fact that you’re only 33, you’ve been in the music business for nearly 20 years. How does that feel? It’s crazy. Having to recall everything is crazy because I’m one of those forward-moving people, and I think it’s been a defence mechanism for me to purposely not think back. I mean, I sang for the Pope when I was 16, and then the Queen in the same week. I was so young, I didn’t even know how to take all that in. I have pictures of it on my wall and now I look back and think, “that’s pretty badass.” How many people get to do that?

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The Orlando attack is one of the most violent acts perpetrated against a gathered group of queer people in the West. Attitude presents a passionate analysis of the event, with guest writers from the Latin, Muslim, Christian, Black and Trans communities asking the question: What have we learned from Orlando? Elsewhere in this issue: Three years before Stonewall… there was the riot at Compton’s cafeteria in San Francisco. Attitude commemorates 50 years since the queer community fought back against an oppressive police force. 20 years of Girl Power. Spice Girl Emma Bunton recalls the highs and lows of life as part of the world’s most famous girl groups ever. Out gay Iraqi activist Amir Ashour on why he’ll never stop fighting for LGBT liberation in his homeland. Pop’s new sensation Shura on why she doesn’t want her music compartmentalized as a queer artist. Willam reveals why he has no love for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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