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When (Gay) YouTubers Ruled the Earth

Look at him. Joey Graceffa. Look at his face. It’s perfect, isn’t it? Eyes you could lose yourself in, cheekbones you could slice bread with, and the kind of smile that says butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth. But his face – that of just a regular, 24-year-old gay guy from Massachusetts – may well be one of the most influential in the world.
IMAGES leigh keily STYLING stephen conway GROOMING kevin ford AT PHAMOUS, USING DERMALOGICA EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE william connolly PHOTOGRAPHER’S ASSISTANT megan popelier JACKET & JEANS BY DIESEL BLACK GOLD

Easy to see why we’ve chosen Joey Graceffa for our cover, isn’t it? He’s beautiful. So much so that, during his shoot, we ask him if he’s familiar with the plot of John Travolta and Nicholas Cage’s classic flick Face/Off. It’s greeted with nervous laughter.

But it’s not just Joey’s looks that’s led him to adorning the longest-running gay magazine on the planet. It’s the fact that he represents the zeitgeist of the society we live in today – one that’s radically different to when we first started as Gay Times, back in 1984.

It’s safe to say that we no longer trust our politicians. Our pop stars are, more often that not, force fed to us through relentless marketing machines. And our “celebrities” are more likely to be defined by sex tapes and whose arm they’re hanging off, rather than the good they put out into the world. Nothing seems real anymore – which has resulted in a generation of disenfranchised youth picking up video cameras and becoming their own role models. YouTubers have inherited the earth.

Take Joey, Tyler Oakley, Connor Franta, Troye Sivan, Calum McSwiggan and the recently-out Trevor Moran, for example. Between them, through the simple medium of YouTube, they’ve reached tens – if not hundreds – of millions of people in every corner of the world. And the thing that connects them all? They’re all gay.

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It’s all change at Gay Times: new stylish design, sleek look, classic GT. Now with more of the content you love and all new features. Our first new look issue features a stylish photo-shoot and interview with YouTube sensation Joey Graceffa. We also delve into the world of YouTube vlogging and discover that Gay Youtubers are riding high and ruling the world. We've also got an exclusive interview with the incomparable Grace Jones, the legendary Patrick Stewart, Drag Race favourites Bianca Del Rio & Michelle Visage and a very candid chat with Little Mix. The good girls have gone bad, make no mistake. Here’s a full run-down of your packed new issue of GT: Darren Scott - Letter from the Editor The Agenda: Mark Gattis Jaymi Hensley Michelle Visage GT Fitty - Matt Richardson Sweetie, Darling? Bianca Del Rio Community: Survey - Am I Cheating? Debate - Was Azealia Banks Justified in Using the Word Faggot? Benjamin Cohen Lord Waheed Alli Analysis - Crackdown on room aromas The best of gaytimes.co.uk Madonna: A Decade of Confessions Fisayo Akinade Culture: When (Gay) YouTubers Ruled the World Grace Jones Album & Single Reviews Patrick Stewart Little Mix Cinema, Disc & Streaming Reviews Gaming & Geeking Style: Grooming How to Look Good for ... A Hot Date Tech Reviews The Want List Style Shoot - For Your Eyes Only Life: 12 Gay Couple you Tell Yourself Never Become Josh Sabara Postive Luke Ask Aled Michael Alig PJ Brennan Fitness & Wellbeing with Charlie King Chris Jones Cooking for a First Date Tip & Advice Travel Directory A-Z Finally: GT Boyfriend My Gay Life 21 Century Boy: The Gym Rat Following feedback from our readers and timed to coincide with the launch of the new look GT, the team here have been working behind-the-scenes to bring you an improved mobile reading experience. Download or update the GT to experience our new mobile-first iPhone app.
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