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ARMISTEAD MAUPIN.

Executive Producer and Author

The fact the new Tales Of The City is going out on a global platform isn’t lost on Armistead Maupin. Several networks were vying for it. “But of course we wanted Netflix because it reaches everywhere,” says the creator of the most enduring queer saga in literary and TV history.

Huge progresses have been made in LGBTQ representation in the 43 years since Maupin began penning the stories, which were initially serialised in the San Francisco Chronicle before being turned into novels and eventually adapted for television, prompting the 75yearold to marvel: “Any old queer, this one in particular, will tell you it’s gotten better for us and we can’t believe what we’re seeing right now.”

With a satisfied chuckle, the author adds: “The main thing I can’t believe I’m seeing right now is this version of Tales Of The City in 2019. It’s going to every country except the ones that don’t have Netflix, so it’s going to Iran and China and North Korea.” He laughs. “All the places where Trump is popular.”

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Over the next 3 months, Gay Times Magazine will be celebrating the very essence of Pride – featuring voices and experiences of the entire LGBTQ initialism from all over the world. In our first volume, covered by Billy Porter, Valentina and Bretman Rock, we’re looking at the fluidity our modern community enjoys. These are people who have either fought for, given visibility to, or celebrated their power to express themselves in the most authentic (and downright fierce) way possible. Not only that, but they do it unapologetically, and with two fingers up to the patriarchy that governs what is considered ‘normal’. We also have a special extended travel section on everything New York City World Pride, giving you insight into the great metropolis that witnessed the birth of Pride. What’s more, there are interviews with the team bringing Tales of the City back to Netflix, making sure the enduring spirit of the queer community is front and centre. Elsewhere in the issue Ryan Jamaal Swain talks Pose, privilege and Pride; L Devine on bringing her sexuality front and centre in her music; Dustin Lance Black on his lifetime of activism; Angele Anang on being the first openly trans winner of Drag Race; Ryan O’Connell on why disabled people shouldn’t be used as ‘inspiration porn; plus fashion, opinion and art from all over the world.