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Jaymi Hensley

He’s the boyband heartthrob who’s turning his hand to being a outspoken figurehead for gay rights. But ahead of an intimate jaunt up and down the country to meet with the legions of Union J fans, Jaymi Hensley talks to us about how Pop Idol changed his life, gay guys in boybands who choose to stay closeted and, urm, crushing on Gareth Gates…

Jaymi Hensley isn’t your average pop star. Sure, he looks good, he sounds good and he’s shifted thousands of records since Union J first appeared on our telly screens as part of 2012’s The X Factor. But the25-year-old star wants to use his power, and fame, for good.

“Whatever field it is,” he starts, “if I go to a party or have to do an interview, I like getting what I want to say across. I like having an opinion and using the platform I’ve got to the best I can, otherwise I’d be sat at home and I’d never have pursued this career.”

It’s why, whenever there’s an event for an LGBT charity, you’ll most likely see Jaymi there, lending his support and helping spread awareness – particularly to his younger fans – that being gay is a-OK. Just a few weeks ago, for example, he hosted the annual RUComingOut charity bash alongside Radio 1’s Adele Roberts.

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Summer may be nearly over but fear not, the GT September issue is officially turning up the heat with English ruby star James Haskell. Bursting out of a glass box and straight onto the cover, James’s appearance in GT is timely given Keegan Hirst having recently come out at the first openly gay rugby league player. James has long been an advocate of the eradication of prejudice in sport and had this to say about Keegan’s decision to come out: “It took real strength and courage for Keegan to come out. He’s a tough guy, and the fact that his team mates, the fans and everybody has taken it so well shows that it can be done. And it shows that your sexuality really shouldn’t matter when it comes to playing sport.” Also in this issue: Keegan Hirst Kinky Boots John Grant Gay asylum seekers Cel Spellman Rebecca Root Natalie Imbruglia Kerry Ellis Jaymi Hensley And all the very best in style, tech, grooming and entertainment

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