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George Logan

A chance meeting with Connie Stevens, Shirley Eaton and Wilma Flintstone in a Glasgow bus station introduced 17-year-old George Logan to the secret gay scene of the 60s. In the decades that followed, George would become beloved as Dr Evadne Hinge, one half of the musical double-act Hinge and Bracket. But until that meeting, any thoughts of a gay lifestyle – let alone a career in drag – had never seemed an option for the sprightly 71-year-old, who now runs a guest house in Le Dorat, France, with his partner Luigi Perone...

“Although I knew I was something, the word gay was not one I would’ve known,” he explains, adding with a mischievous grin, “Oh, I knew I was an alien... I just wasn’t sure what planet I belonged to.

“Then, one night, I was sitting at Waterloo Street bus station, waiting for my bus home, when these obvious queens arrived – all camp and outrageous. I was petrified, but fascinated at the same time. Inevitably they came over and started taking to me... That was when the door opened.

GEORGE IN DRAG, 1967
PORTRAIT ian georgeson ©TSPL

“Although I’d had sexual experiences before, they were of the school friend variety; ‘I really want a lassie, but you’ll do because it’s a strange hand on ma dick.’ It was purely mechanical sex, I’d never been kissed. Anyway, they introduced themselves as Connie Stevens, Shirley Eaton and Wilma Flintstone, and said they’d find a camp name for me too as everyone had one. As my hair was auburn, they decided on Audrey Hepburn – or Audrey Auburn.”

He continues, “They then asked, ‘Have you ever been in a gay bar?’ And I thought, ‘There are such places?’ I was very naïve. So they took me to a gay bar and everything changed. All the burdens I’d felt, this great pressure to go out with a girl to fit the mould, had gone. In the past, I’d groped around places on the fringes, in that very malodorous public toilets way, and thought, ‘Is this what my life is going to be?’ Suddenly it wasn’t, there were bars where people socialised and they were all gay... And nobody cared! It was like God had given me a huge gift, that there was a way through life for me that I’d never anticipated.”

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Thor himself graces the cover of GT this month! That's right GT landed a chat with the sexiest man alive and star of the blockbusting Marvel movies and the upcoming The Huntsman: Winter's War. Find out inside,what he has to say about his career, getting his top off and the blurring of the boundaries between gay and straight,. Also in this issue: Eurovision special. Shaming. Why do we do it? And what impact does it have? Europe: In or out? What's at stake for the UK's LGBT population? Darren Hayes: My Gay Life. Mobeen Azhar. Novelist Garth Greenwell. Outlander's Sam Heugham. Indian transgender activist and model Rudrani Chettri. Gloucester Rugby Star Billy Meakes. Tyger Drew-Honey. Disney Princes bare all! RuPaul's Drag Race's Katya and Trixie Mattel. Hinge & Brackett's George Logan. California style photo shoot. Travel: Palm Beach, Florida and Zurich. 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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