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“Am I black or white,” sang Prince on his 1981 hit Controversy. “Am I straight or gay?” The Purple One was an artist who didn’t conform to the rules of society, or even the rules of music, instead choosing to tread his own path. We lost him earlier this year, as we did David Bowie – another artist who refused to be defined. But while 2016 will largely be remembered for loss, it’ll also be remembered for the rise of one man who’s no stranger to controversy himself – Mykki Blanco. From infiltrating the mainstream with his queer agenda to his fierce and fearless eponymous debut album, we meet the LGBT+ community’s next great role model…

I want this album to push me further into the mainstream. Maybe, this is my delusion of grandeur, but I never thought I was just an underground artist. I’ve never thought I was an artist that was gonna capsize, because I see the potential in who I am.

“I know I’m the only Mykki Blanco that exists. I’m willing to be the first me that there ever was because there isn’t a blueprint for what I am: a kind of postmodern indie-rap-pop entity. And you know, some of the greatest artists that have ever existed didn’t have a blueprint.”

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Our brand new cover star is the next great LGBT+ role model and one of the most important queer musicians of our time – it’s Mykki Blanco. In our exclusive interview, Mykki pulls no punches as he takes on the music industry’s glass ceiling for gay artists, talks candidly about his HIV diagnosis and explains why he doesn’t want to be the “watchdog” of the gay media. Also in your brand new GT, Olympic gold medallist Callum Skinner opens up for the very first time about his gay family life in an exclusive interview, while we also shine a light on how the government is helping victims of LGBT+ hate crimes. Plus, we have exclusive interviews with Ricky Martin, Broadway star Ramin Karimloo and Maggie Wheeler – aka Janice from Friends. Oh… My… GAWD!