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GARCIA.

Jake Rodriguez

What was it that drew you into the show?

I think it was the team, to be honest. I’m a huge fan of Lauren Morelli, who previously wrote for Orange Is The New Black, so that was a sure sign that I should be a part of this, and Laura Linney being there when I had my callback for the audition, she was lovely and I knew working with her was a big deal. And then also learning about the story through Armistead’s books and how it had this long history before I was even born, I learned so much from it, I had no idea that any of it existed, so the fact that it was this brand new thing for me really drew me in.

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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.