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I AM ENOUGH.

#TransMCR. Advocacy. Foundation

There tends to be a lot of reasons when someone ups-sticks and moves to somewhere completely new. To be closer to – or indeed further away from – family, moving for a new job or for a whole new start. For myself, I definitely fell into that last category, and the main reason I gave when people asked me why I was moving to Manchester was that I wanted to wear dresses and kiss boys. Job done on that score, at least.

In 2010, I moved to Manchester, finally came out as trans not long after, changed my name and began to physically transition after knowing it was what I needed to do for many, many years. It took me so long to work up the confidence and get myself somewhere safe to do it. I always had a bagful of excuses for why I wasn’t going to do it “yet”. Oh it’s not the right time, because of my job/ where I live/relationship, on and on until finally that thread was fully played out and I had no more excuses to make to myself.

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Nyle DiMarco is an outspoken activist, actor and model who lives at the intersection of his sexual fluidity and deafness. In our cover shoot with Nyle, artist Cacho Falcon has painted ‘I love you’ in American Sign Language across his body in what we hope to be a strong message of support to the queer deaf community. With nearly 8 million followers on YouTube, and close to 7 million in Twitter and Instagram, Tyler Oakley has become a pioneer of the new wave of social media celebrities, with a global reach that in many cases outshines even the biggest names in film and TV. Here, Tyler speaks on his latest project: Chosen Family, and why queer people need to become aware of their privilege. We’re also partnering with UKBP to raise awareness about the incredible work they do, and the importance of events and organisations such as theirs. We’re constantly learning how to be better allies to everyone across the far reaches of the colourful spectrum that is the queer community, and UKBP as a collective continue to educate and inform us how best to step up to the plate as a truly representative and inclusive company. Lady Phyll and the entire team at UK Black Pride are demonstrating the power of loud, unapologetic unity in the face of hatred and bigotry - often unfortunately from sectors of the LGBTQ initialism. Elsewhere in the issue: Sadiq Khan pens a letter to the LGBTQ people of London; Manevendra Singh Gohil, the first gay Prince of India, on using his platform to raise awareness on LGBTQ issues; Yves on standing shoulder to shoulder with our trans siblings; an exclusive look at the new exhibition Queer Friends; Aaron Altaras on his new role as a footballer coming to grips with his sexuality; Simon Gage reflects upon meeting Alexander McQueen ahead of the release of the upcoming documentary on the fashion icon; plus products, style, fashion, tech, travel, opinion and much more.