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Chicago Express

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They call it the Windy City, and the wind that blows in off Chicago’s Lake Michigan can be mighty cold but don’t let that put you off. You’re assured of a warm welcome in America’s third largest city. It has skyscrapers to rival frontrunner NYC, but there’s more breathing space between the buildings and the people are friendlier; in fact a friend of mine who lives in New York ventured, “Oh, it’s like here but without the assholes”. And Los Angeles, which ranks second, is a cultural wasteland compared to the home of The Second City comedy troupe and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Then there’s the gay scene, and I reckon it’s neck-and-neck with San Francisco. I was last in Chicago six years ago and little has changed. Boystown is still the main drag, with one bar after another catering for all tastes, and there are also a handful of gay watering holes in Andersonville, which is further north.

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The new issue of Attitude features Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy on the cover, with an exclusive interview in which he discusses life since coming out. Inside we have a Valentine’s special where we look at the broad spectrum of gay relationships, plus columns and advice on dating as transgender, HIV positive, masc, femme, and everything in between. There are also interviews with British actor Douglas Booth and Australian singer songwriter Josef Salvat. Our writer Matt Cain goes home to Bolton for the city’s first Pride, and we chat to our new columnist Juno Dawson about her transition. We also have a feature on the forgotten gay language, polari.
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