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Mind The Gap

Making history as the first English rugby union player to come out as gay, Sam Stanley is no stranger to headline news. But when he revealed his five year relationship with 58-year-old Laurence Hicks, trolls went into meltdown, labelling the pair as ‘weird’ and ‘disgusting’. But what’s the big deal? Can’t two guys live happily together, regardless of age gap or differing body types? What better way to find out than to ask Sam and Laurence themselves...
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“People either think I’m a paedo and I like really young guys, or that Sam is a gold digger and is only after older men and their worth. Why is there such a taboo around couples that aren’t born around the same year or don’t look exactly the same? We’re 34-years apart in age – but why does that even matter anymore?”

Strong words from 58-yearold Laurence Hicks as he joins boyfriend – and former GT cover star — Sam Stanley on set with us, completely unfazed by our camera lens and prying questions.

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Olly Alexander, outspoken frontman of the chart-topping act Years and Years returns to GT tell us about his to tell us all about his life since coming out in our pages last year. Also exclusive to this digital edition you will find a behind the scenes video of our photo shoot with Olly, PLUS a gallery of extra images that we could't fit into the print version. Also in this issue: Wedding Special: whether you need to sort your venue, honeymoon or what to wear – we've got you covered. Rugby Union star Sam Stanley and his partner Laurence Hicks. RuPaul's Drag Race: meet all the new queens. Pet Shop Boys. Is Social Media destroying your relationship? Stonewall's Ruth Hunt. Are labels still useful for sexuality? Tiffany Pollard Andrew Hayden-Smith. US soldier turned YouTuber Alex Passarello talks about coming out to and cutting ties with his religious father. Phil Clifton. Travel: Guadalajara, Gothenburg and London'd Langham Hotel. And don't forget all our regular features: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. The Guyliner. Ask Aled. Michelle Visage. Benjamin Cohen. Modern Family. PJ Brennan. Sex with Josh Sabarra . Positive Luke. Plus enjoy the bonus videos and picture galleries in this digital edition.
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