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Letter from the Editor

With the Presidential election looming — and looking terrifying — we thought it would be fun to celebrate some of the positives about America. And so, welcome to our first “All-American” issue. I am thrilled we have yet another exclusive — American footballer Michael Sam. He, like many of us, does not believe his sexuality is a big, newsworthy deal. Why should it be? But there are many people in the world for whom gayness is still a big deal, as was shown when he kissed his boyfriend on TV and America went nuts with even some moderate commentators asking if it was “too much”. This in itself shows there is still further to go. That being said, it’s an incredibly positive thing that he’s out, as he says, and hopefully soon he’ll be followed by more American sports stars, and, in their own time, some British footballers, too. I am delighted to have him on our cover. Elsewhere, we look at America’s gay history, its darker times, the writers and activists who have expressed themselves, the performers we love and lots more to boot. We also have an exclusive extract from a book by a new US writer which is being described as the great gay classic novel of our time: What Belongs To You, by Garth Greenwell.

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Out gay NFL player Michael Sam leads our All American issue. Inside, there’s an exclusive extract from the book everyone’s talking about What Belongs To You, gay singer Parson James on growing up in the homophobic and racist Deep South, and an interview with the guys behind the excellent new Robert Mapplethorpe documentary. Elsewhere, there’s our Gay Guide to America, we look at Hollywood’s history of closeted movie stars, and celebrating the icons that made queer USA great. Plus, FREE with this issue our guide to best of Thailand.