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Tales of the City

JAY BERNARD WONDERS WHAT LONDON WILL LOOK LIKE POST MAYORAL ELECTION – WHAT IT WAS AND WHAT IT COULD BE...
ILLUSTRATION FERNANDO SAFONT

You can do some interesting things with time when you’re a columnist. I’m writing this in May, post-London Mayoral election. I returned home after a trip to the US to headlines stating Sadiq Khan had won and felt kinda good, but more relieved: it’s a tentative victory in a hostile climate. The overt viciousness of the press will have again reverted to something more insidious – every win under Corbyn will be framed as a loss, even by members of his own party – and we’ll be in the midst of a post-election hush, that funny time when the winners rejoice and the losers rethink their game, before gearing up again for the EU referendum. What changes? Everything and nothing. I will still be a writer – won’t I? I’ll still live in south London – if it’s affordable? – which has already changed beyond recognition in the last 10 years. And I’ll still be a thoroughly queer thing – hopefully? – though it won’t be the queer I’m used to.

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Our June issue kicks off the countdown to OITNB S4 Also in this issue: Geordie Shore’s Marnie Simpson on coming out as bisexual OITNB: Things get a whole lot darker in Litchfield in S4 Selling sexuality: DIVA challenges ad agencies to create ads for us Nequela Whittaker spills on her life as a former gang girl Susan Calman wants you to stop telling her to "Cheer up, love" Are sex toys & apps making us less intimate? Why local Pride events are life-changing EU Referendum: which way will you vote on 23 June? Is Scotland the best place to be LGBT? Jack Monroe on ghosting Eleanor Margolis wonders who would make the best date in Litchfield Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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