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Jamala

THE SINGER TAPPED INTO HER PAST TO HIGHLIGHT CONTINUING OPPRESSION — AND WIN EUROVISION

“PEOPLE REALLY LOVE ME BECAUSE I SAY WHAT I THINK. I DEFEND LGBT+ RIGHTS AND I DON’T CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ME FOR THAT”

{ Q & A }

JAMALA’S EUROVISION-WINNING

song 1944 was no throwaway pop ditty. It focused on the deportation of Crimean Tartars by the Soviet Union and was an impassioned plea for tolerance. Little wonder then that the 32-year-old Ukrainian singer, who has been in the business since 2010, has such a large gay following. And she sings from the heart; her ancestors were deported by Stalin’s regime. That’s why, she tells Attitude, she feels a duty to sing out against oppression.

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On the cover, Nyle DiMarco talks about how being deaf was no obstacle to winning America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars. Plus: Queer theatre special with an exclusive interview and shoot with Mark Gatiss and the cast of The Boys in the Band, hot electronic pop duo Aluna George, singer Rebecca Ferguson, and Fear the Walking Dead star Colman Domingo.
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