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Heart of CLASS

These days, every reality show contestant who throws a bit of shade gets called “iconic”. But this horribly over-used word really does apply to Debbie Harry, the super-cool New Yorker who became the greatest pop star of her era. Today, nearly 40 years after Blondie’s first hit Denis, she discusses the band’s ace new album, her deep appreciation of drag, and her evolving take on sex and gender identity.


Debbie Harry is sitting in a suite at a smart hotel opposite Marylebone station, soothed by her first coffee of the morning. Only she’s not drinking it yet because she’s been handed a brand of artificial sweetener she calls “poison!”

To be honest, if Debbie Harry said she wanted three shots of tequila in her morning coffee, someone from room service would bring up the Patrón. But the Blondie singer isn’t one to kick up a big fuss. Instead, she simply names the sweetener she’d prefer and gets on with the job at hand – chatting to Gay Times – while she waits for the little yellow sachets to arrive.

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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!