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The King of New York.

As cocreator of the most famous nightclub in the history of the world – that would be Studio 54 – Ian Schrager could be described as the inventor of diversity as we know it.

With his gay best friend Steve Rubell, Schrager created a celebritypacked space where LGBTQ and straight people could come together to explore everything from sex to drugs to wearing roller skates in a nightclub. And if someone rode in on a horse, then so be it.

Then, after a stint in jail for tax evasion, Ian and Steve reinvented themselves as hoteliers, reinventing the whole idea of the hotel into the bargain. Creators of the very concept of the boutique hotel, they opened Morgans, The Royalton, The Paramount in New York, St Martin’s Lane and Sanderson in London, Delano in Miami, Mondrian in West Hollywood, and now New York’s PUBLIC and the mighty EDITION, a global brand that includes a brand new one in Times Square (see our review) as well as London, Miami, Barcelona.

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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.