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CULTURE CLUB

THE ICONIC GAY FILM WITH UNSIMULATED SEX SCENES WASN’T JUST ABOUT ROMPING, IT ALSO POSED SOME THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS STILL RELEVANT AS EVER

SHORTBUS

With Matt Cain

From Basic Instinct to Fifty Shades of Grey, we’ve all grown blasé about the lure of sex at the cinema. But Shortbus takes the graphic representation of sex in film to a whole other level. It opens by intercutting scenes in which a dominatrix abuses her male slave, a straight couple has comically athletic sex, and a gay man films himself sucking his own dick. This is followed by an endless onslaught of sexual activity of all descriptions, most of it unsimulated.

The film’s plot revolves around a group of misfits and outsiders who frequent Shortbus, a New York sex salon named after the American version of the ‘special bus’ that transports disabled children to school. The mistress of the club is drag performance artist Justin Bond and regulars include a sex therapist who’s never had an orgasm, a dominatrix who finds it impossible to emotionally connect, and a gay couple who are struggling with the challenges of monogamy – but wary of the implications of opening up their relationship.

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The new issue feature former child star turned Bates Motel psycho, Freddie Highmore – who is all grown up in our exclusive shoot and interview. We also have a feature looking at why gay men love horror movies so much. On the eve of the UK general election we look back at party voting records and ask can we really trust the Tories? And as the Irish marriage referendum approaches, we look at the country’s road to equality, and how Colin Farrell is supporting his gay brother. In other voting matters, we ask experts if the UK can ever hope to win the Eurovision again. We have interviews with pop prince Will Young, American TV guru Andy Cohen, music mogul Pete Waterman, and that absolute babe Alexandra Burke. We also give you the run down on all the best prides and festivals of the summer.
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