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A note from us.

50 years ago, in the early hours of 28 June, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan in New York City, our movement took its first stride into a new tomorrow in what we now refer to as the Stonewall Riots. Since then, we’ve witnessed the progression of the LGBTQ conversation that was once unheard of within a mainstream space. The once-titled ‘gay rights movement’ thrived on the demands of acceptance, equality and, more importantly, love. It was thanks to a group of diverse LGBTQ people, led by trans women and queer people of colour – as many great moments of change are – that their demands were heard on a previously ignored level. Their calls for social and political change that sought a better and fairer life for themselves and their siblings – all during a time where the initialism LGBTQ didn’t exist as it does today – helped us get to where we are today. 50 years of progression joins 50 years of fighting for change. And while we’ve made great strides across this time – through legal, political and societal change – our debt to them will forever be greater than the level we can ever repay them. It’s within our very existence that we all continue the movement today, by living out loud and being present (and heard) in a conversation that our siblings fought for us to be included within. And as we mark this 50th anniversary year, we’re reminded that the fight is far from over, that our journey is not finished, and that not all queer siblings are seen as equal.

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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.