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Great & Gay

What makes a gay anthem? Is it a 120 beats-perminute, hands-in-the-air dance floor filler? Or an angst-ridden torch-song? Both have played a huge part as the soundtrack to our history, pushing boundaries and blurring lines between what’s considered a ‘straight’ or a ‘gay’ song. From the camp and kitsch to the passionate and poignant, we bring you 60 of the most important gay songs of the last 60 years.

60 GAY ANTHEMS YOU SHOULD HEAR

1970

The KinksLola

Ahead of its time, it’s the story of a romantic encounter in Soho between a young man and a transgender woman, Lola, who ‘walked like a woman and talked like a man’.

1972

Lou Reed Walk on the Wild Side

In just 252 seconds, Lou covers transsexuality, oral sex, male prostitution and drugs through the eyes of five colourful New York characters.

1976

Tom Robinson Band Glad to Be Gay

Openly gay Tom was inspired by the Sex Pistol’s in-yer-face attitude for this criticism of the way gays were treated in 70s Britain, by police and establishment.

1977

Donna Summer I Feel Love

Bursting out of the gay clubs, on to the radio and then into the charts, Donna became the queen of disco with this timeless slice of electronica.

1978

Kate Bush Kashka From Baghdad

The more widely-heard Wow touches on the subject of homosexuality, but this album track is lyrically more obvious, as La Bush recalls a gay couple forced to keep their love a secret.

1978

Gloria Gaynor I Will Survive

It wasn’t until the 80s when AIDS had ravaged our community that this ode to inner strength became our anthem. ‘Did you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die?’ Not for a minute.

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Ted Reilly is the new face in Albert Square, playing gay character Johnny Carter. He tells GT what it's like playing gat on TV as well as stepping into a role previously played by another actor. And of course we collared him for an exclusive photo shoot. Also in this issue: Nick Jonas. Tribute to Victoria Wood. Essential gay anthems. Peter Tatchell. Jinkx Monsoon. Wentworth Prison diary. James Dreyfus. Boys Town USA. Matt Wilson. LGBT workplace inclusion. Gabriel Day-Lewis. Michael Mayer. New gay movie Departure. Tristan Dyer. Stonewall FC's Aislie Pitter MBE. Brant Brothers. Travel: Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. 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. Plus much more.
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