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“It seems like a lot of people don’t even know trans men exist…”

Pioneering director Jake Graf has put trans cinema on the map, won bags of awards and hung out in the Obama White House. Now he, and former Blue star turned Hollyoaks heartthrob Duncan James, chat to us about their new short film Dusk – and why living rooms are the new frontline in the battle for equality.


Can you imagine growing old in the wrong body? For young trans people today, it’s a spectre that many of them will thankfully never have to face, through being able to count on the support of family and the law. But for older trans people, having lived out their peak years in a less enlightened time, it’s often a heart-breaking reality.

Jake Graf’s new short film, Dusk, starring actor/singer Duncan James, model Elliott Sailors and five trans actors, deals with just such a tragic occurrence. It follows Chris Winters, a man born in a female body in the 1950s who lives through to old age, entering a relationship with a woman, without ever officially transitioning due to societal pressures. The 15-minute film is a heart-wrenching, tender piece of work, and it’s currently busy sweeping festival awards everywhere.

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Our July cover star Tommy Dorfman is one of the rising stars to emerge from Netflix’s controversial new series 13 Reasons Why. The 25 year old revels in the controversy, noting that the show has instigated a conversation around mental health in young people that is sorely needed. Incredibly frank, and incredibly cute, we sit down with Tommy for an exclusive, no-holds-barred shoot and interview about his husband, struggles with addiction, gender fluidity and The Spice Girls (duh). Tommy’s unique tone and personality evince a positive response to hardship within the LGBT+ community, and his use of platform to promote love and equality demonstrate his rightful place in the limelight. This responsibility that our idols and icons alike have to enact change and project positive messages cannot be understated in a world increasingly burdened by a cacophony of hatred. Elsewhere in the issue: Paul O'Grady declares war on Russia; Debbie Harry on why she considers herself 'unisex'; Geri Horner on her George Michael tribute; Jonny Pierce on his sexual awakening; Miles Yekinni on why the muslim and gay communities should be standing shoulder to shoulder; plus style, travel, culture and much more!