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A problem shared

Got a problem? DR RANJ SINGH and WAYNE DHESI are here to offer their advice...

Hi guys, I was recently in Hyde Park enjoying the sun with a group of my friends.

My boyfriend continually tried to hold my hand, something I wasn’t too comfortable with so I kept putting things in my palm — a phone, a drink, my sunglasses — so that he couldn’t. I think he got the message and was quite hurt by it. I’m just not the biggest fan of public displays of affection. It’s not that I’ve never had any particularly bad experiences with them, I just don’t like them. He’s my first boyfriend so I’ve never really had to deal with this before. What do you reckon I should do?

OLLIE, NORTH LONDON

RANJ: Showing affection or intimacy doesn’t always come quickly or easily, so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t feel ready for it. However, it might be an idea for you to ask yourself why you’re not comfortable with PDAs.

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About Attitude

This issue, our Attitude Awards winners take the spotlight. TV star and Man of the Year Wentworth Miller, trans model icon Andreja Pejic, comedian Alan Carr, breakthrough pop star MNEK, most stylish man winner Pietro Boselli, and gay rights activist Omar Sharif Jr. all feature on six collector’s edition covers. Plus, there are interviews with Attitude Award winners Spice Girl and honorary gay Geri, LGBT ally Beverley Knight, Active Award winners Team GB, actress Amanda Barrie and acclaimed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child director John Tiffany.
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