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ICONIC

AN LGBT CULTURAL LANDMARK, PARIS IS BURNING OPENED UP A HUGE DISCUSSION ON CLASS, GENDER, RACE AND SEXUALITY ISSUES IN AMERICA. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS LATER, MATT CAIN REVISITS THE DOCUMENTARY.

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PARIS IS BURNING

RE-WATCHING THIS film twenty-five years after its release, it’s surprising how fresh it still feels. Perhaps this is because drag is still controversial; we’ve recently seen attempts to ban it from events run by the NUS and Glasgow Free Pride. Many gay men feel uncomfortable with the idea of female impersonation, possibly because it plays into our worst fears about being gay, possibly because we’re sensitive about the way the rest of the world sees us. I have to admit I used to hate it but now that I’m at ease with my sexuality, I’ve grown to love it. And there’s no denying that it’s a major part of our history – as evidenced in Paris is Burning.

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This month’s Attitude cover star is One Direction’s Liam Payne, who gives the band’s first ever solo interview, and first gay press exclusive. Shot and interviewed by Attitude, he speaks out about his relationship with the gay community, and the band’s future. We also have an interview with music’s most profound gay voice, John Grant, the King of Broadway Harvey Fierstein, alternative pop star Peaches, and young adult author James Dawson. We have a feature looking at what really happened at the Stonewall riots, and look back at Emile Griffith, the tragic gay boxing star from the 1960s. This issue also introduces a few new pages to the magazine, including a Books page, the new Readers Question spread, and the debut of columnist Jemal Polson.