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Opinion: Jemal Polson


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Are you and your family close? If not, is their relationship to your sexuality a significant factor?

I’m not very close with my family and I do believe my sexuality plays a part of that. But what I’ve realised over the last few years, is that, like many LGBT people, my friends have become my family. After speaking to one of my close gay friends about this, he said he can’t think of one gay person he knows that hasn’t replaced their family with their friends in some capacity. Whilst he does have the tendency to over-exaggerate he may actually have a point. There seems to be large numbers of gay men and women who have made their friends their family – for many of us it’s not suprising.

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The new issue of Attitude features Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy on the cover, with an exclusive interview in which he discusses life since coming out. Inside we have a Valentine’s special where we look at the broad spectrum of gay relationships, plus columns and advice on dating as transgender, HIV positive, masc, femme, and everything in between. There are also interviews with British actor Douglas Booth and Australian singer songwriter Josef Salvat. Our writer Matt Cain goes home to Bolton for the city’s first Pride, and we chat to our new columnist Juno Dawson about her transition. We also have a feature on the forgotten gay language, polari.