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we’d rather JACK

A lot of awful, terrible things happened in 2016 – but was there anything quite as devastating as Jack Falahee ‘coming out’ as straight? We’re being facetious, of course. Hold the hot takes. But since How to Get Away With Murder premiered in 2014, it’s fair to say we’ve fallen head over heels for Jack and his telly counterpart Connor Walsh – one of the most rich and complex gay characters to hit our screens in recent years. So as he regrettably tumbles out of the heterosexual closet, we sit down with the man himself to talk the significance of gays on TV, empowerment, and why he chose to dodge questions about his sexuality for quite so long…

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Jaw-on-the-floor mainstream TV moments don’t come much hotter than Jack Falahee’s seduction scene in the first series of How to Get Away With Murder. Such things might be expected in Ryan Murphy’s world, hovering on the dark fringes of satellite television, but not in primetime ShondaLand.

So hats off to Miss Rhimes for giving us such a complex gay character as Connor Walsh, a law student who in the very first episode picks up computer technician Oliver in a bar and seduces him so he can glean some vital info. And hats off to Jack Falahee, the talented, sexy and fearless actor who plays the equally sexy, sometimes ruthless and always fascinating Connor.

Three seasons down the line, Jack admits he didn’t think that arresting seduction scene was a big deal – even though it showed him making out with computer hacker Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) in a bathroom stall. “It sounds naive, but prior to the show I didn’t watch much television so I wasn’t aware that a scene like that hadn’t occurred on network television,” he tells us when we meet him at the 2016 Monte Carlo TV Festival. “The night that it aired there was an overwhelmingly positive reaction. I was on Twitter watching it all unfold thinking, ‘Wow, this is significant and it means a lot to a lot of people.’”

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In our TV and Travel issue, Benidorm’s boy wonder Danny Walters returns to flaunt his new physique and to talk about his Hollywood ambitions. Elsewhere in the issue, the launch of GT Travel: Curated Experiences for Men; Hong Kong's endless culture, world-class food and vibrant gay scene; the natural beauty of Michigan; and tips for finding the best gay-friendly accommodation when travelling. Jack Falahee, of How to Get Away with Murder, on ‘coming out’ as straight; Layton Williams on taking on the iconic role of Angel in RENT; and foul-mouthed drag legend Lady Bunny on bringing her new show, Trans-Jester, to British audiences. Finally, don’t miss our tribute to George Michael, where he talks with grace, humility and humour about his own self-acceptance, coming out and the great loves of his life.
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