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THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD

Everyone loves Lego. Gay men especially. Look at your timeline. It’s cluttered with mentions of Lego – profile pictures clutching a Minifigure, pulling a quizzical face and saying, “Oh! I’m SUCH a geek!” But is there anything special about gays’ affair with Lego? We asked the GT readers to send us their brick pics and tell us about their love of Lego. And the results proved they take their Lego VERY seriously indeed...

WORDS JAMES GOSS ILLUSTRATIONS ANTHONY LAMB
Darren > Neave

Lego and the secret of eternal youth

But isn’t Lego just... you know... for kids? A few years ago, it certainly seemed that way. In 2004 the company was posting huge losses. Its last major success had been the 1998 launch of Star Wars Lego – the first Lego range to blatantly appeal to both an adult and child audience.

The chance to own a Lego TIE Fighter allowed a lot of grown-ups to rediscover their childhood, and the strategy was used to relaunch Lego. It was no longer a quirky lifestyle brand. It was now dedicated to canny movie tie-ins and making lovely things to build. It now has a revenue of $5billion a year, and the Minifigures are the most popular toy on the market – and yes, we’re refusing to count loom bands.

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Two things: it’s the October issue. October, you say? Better start on that Christmas list then! Second: it’s been 20 years since Hollyoaks launched on UK TV. Where has the time gone you ask? We’re not sure either but to celebrate the passing of this year (and the last twenty), we’ve pulled off a blinder and got you not one, two or even three Hollyoaks hotties but a quartet of soapland studs. You’ll instantly recognize both Kieron Richardson and James Sutton – both veterans of GT - having racked up no less than 3 covers and countless in-mag appearance between them; for good reason. Let us also introduce Parry Glasspool and Ross Adams for those of you who aren't yet familiar. Ross is a proper gent in real life but since hitting our screens back in April his character - Scott Drinkwell – has already helped kidnap a baby, lied about his HIV status and tried to come between lovebirds Ste and John Paul (played by Kieron and James). Tsk tsk. We’d say it’s time to stop and catch your breath but before you come up for air, take note: Parry Glasspool. Page 42. GT October. S’all we are saying. Also in this issue – wait there’s more? Yep… We met up with Dannii Minogue backstage before her gig at this year’s Manchester Pride for an exclusive chat. Exclusive means you won’t find it anywhere else, so we’ll leave this here and let you read the full interview, only in this month’s GT. And... Connor Franta Christos Tsiolkas Empire Cuffs Lauren Harries does Sweetie, Darling? Debate: Gay characters Analysis: rentboy.com Heroes: Ben Bradshaw MP Domestic Violence Gay Lego fans James Bond got gay Galantis Also, all stuff you know and love: GT Fitty - Sam Bird Michelle Visage Benjamin Cohen Mikey Walsh Michael Alig The Guyliner Positive Luke PJ Brennan Fit with Chris Jones 2 Lovely Gays Edd Kimber Gastro Gays Edd Kimber Modern Family That should be enough to keep you going for the next four weeks. Enjoy!

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