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Meet the rising singer-songwriter working to bring some much-needed queer South Asian representation to mainstream music.

Fashion Umar Sarwar

“Just being explicitly myself in my music feels like a form of activism sometimes,” rising singer, songwriter and producer ARUN tells us. For someone who lives at the intersection of his South Asian and queer identity, his voice is one that is severly underrepresented in music.

But ARUN is here to change that, and is doing so with some seriously slick anthems. Latest cut Y.D.E.K. (short for You Don’t Even Know) is an infectious R&B bop packed full of cocksure energy. “Oh he’s cute but he won’t do ya like I,” ARUN sings with the right brand of arrogance, reminiscent of his musical influences Kanye West, MIA and Prince. But he actively uses his voice outside of his music too. As a member of queer nightlife collective Pxssy Palace and their infamous parties, he has helped create a safe space for queer people of colour. What’s more, he was part of UK Black Pride’s Keep Up The Noise campaign last summer, continuing the fight for equality as part of Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Latin American, Middle Eatsern and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQ people.

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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!