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Where there’s a Will…

Reprising one of the best-loved and most iconic gay characters on telly ever means that Eric McCormack is a busy man. Luckly, we managed to bag a few words with Eric about the lawyer from the Upper West Side we all know and love as Will Truman.

What effect did Will & Grace have on acceptance of gay people? It was just a goofy-ass sitcom, so [we didn’t] want to talk like ‘we’re changing the world!’, because we had no proof we were at the time. But I mean, think of the 12-year-old boys that were pretty sure they might be gay – how do they tell their parents? And then they look into the living room and there’s their mom screaming with laughter at something that’s on the television. And maybe they think, “If mom likes those guys, maybe it won’t be so hard.” I think that’s the effect that we ultimately had.

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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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