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A note from us.

Music has always played a huge role in queer culture. From pioneering artists like David Bowie and Sylvester challenging gender norms while banging out iconic anthems, to the likes of Bronski Beat, Culture Club and Frankie Goes To Hollywood joining the ranks of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Elton John as world-conquering queer superstars captivating the mainstream with their music through the 1980s.

When you add George Michael, K.D.Lang and Pet Shop Boys who, following their public coming out journeys in the 1990s, became even more open and vulnerable in their songwriting, there was finally some highly visible queer magnificence inspiring a generation of young LGBTQ people. In a slow but steady stride forward, these artists changed the narrative, showing that LGBTQ people are creative trailblazers who can thrive and be loved by millions. I’ve only mentioned a handful of queer artists above, but all of them became icons in their own right and their music still resonates as far and wide today as it did when it was first released. So what makes queer music artists so special? In my cover story with Will Young for this very issue, he sums it up perfectly. As LGBTQ people we are programmed to always question the mainstream. As we’ve gained more rights we’ve evolved into a community confident to demand equality, but we continue to challenge the status quo. That inherent drive to break down the patricarchal, heteronormative conditioning we have all endured during our childhood makes us more resilient, creative and brave. Our different perspective on love and life means we are willing to step outside of the box, and offer something new and exciting.

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Celebrating the LGBTQ affinity with music, each voice in this special issue of Gay Times Magazine is committed to advancing the journey of queer people across the globe, while also giving us plenty of bops to get emotional to, identify with, but most importantly, play loudly and proudly in celebration. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Gay Times Magazine, as so many of our favourite pop stars, has been on a rollercoaster of evolution, and tomorrow we too will enter a new era. With our 500th consecutive issue just around the corner, every single step of the Gay Times Magazine production process has been upgraded. From paper stock to set design, typography to couture - we're truly able to offer a premium product, in the vibrant quality that our community deserves. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In this issue: Pabllo Vittar, Lauren Jauregui, MARINA, Will Young, Girli, Allie X, Violet Chachki, Aaron Porter, Sateen, Miss Benny, Greyson Chance, ARUN plus fashion, travel and opinion pieces from all over the world!