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Black, Queer and Visible

From the Stonewall riots to Black Lives Matter, history-making resistanceandactivismare in the dna of the black community. In celebration of black history month, we meet jason okundaye, Travis Alabanza, MNEK and Munroe Bergdorf to find out how the new queer generation is fighting racism in 2017.

When you sit at the intersections of race and sexuality, your understanding of oppression in all its complexities is naturally more intimate. Take that knowledge and funnel it into activism, and history is made. You’ve got Marsha P Johnson, the vanguard of the queer civil rights movement; Audre Lorde, one of black feminism’s most revered thinkers; Bayard Rustin, who organised the march that led to voting rights for black people in the US, and propelled Dr Martin Luther King Jr into the history books; more recently, DeRay McKesson, who became the face of America’s Black Lives Matter movement. And Black Lives Matter itself was created by three queer black women: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi.

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In this issue, we highlight the queer people of colour who continue to fight for equality, justice and visibility all over the world. Fresh from a media firestorm surrounding comments she made about white supremacy, we talk to Munroe Bergdorf about the importance of speaking up; Jason Okundaye about the controversy surrounding his claims about widespread racism in the UK; Bisi Alimi on how only death will prevent him for fighting for the lives of LGBT+ Nigerians; and Travis Alabanza on using performance as a salve for healing. We also look at how activists like Bayard Rustin paved the way for generations of young activists, and how musicians like Sylvester and Ma Rainey set the blueprint for artists like Prince, Beyonce and Rihanna. Allies and media representation continue to play an important role in the modern gay rights movement. Luke Goss speaks on the “absurdity” of having to vote on human rights issues, and we look at how programmes like Will and Grace have had such an enduring impact on the lives of LGBT+ people around the world. Elsewhere in the issue, John Waters on making trouble; drag performer Amrou Al-Kadhi on finding love; openly gay actor and musician Jussie Smollett on his groundbreaking role on Empire; and Charli XCX on her never-ending adoration for her gay fans. Finally, our cover star, Harry Judd, takes us on his journey of battling anxiety and stress with fitness and implores all of us to approach a more holistic approach to our lives and wellbeing. As usual, the issue is packed with style, travel, opinion and politics, and is available to download now.
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