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Dearly beloved, we’re gathered here today to celebrate the rebirth of The Drums’ Jonny Pierce. You might know him as the man behind “that song about surfing”, but now he’s back with a critically acclaimed fourth album and, well, he’s queerer than ever before. Taking on religious bigots – including his own Pentecostal preacher father – advocating mental health awareness and flying the rainbow flag at a time when it’s never been more vital… Heeeeere’s Jonny!


PHOTOGRAPHY joseph sinclair

STYLIST darkwah kyei-darkwah

ASSISTED BY rachel grace almeida

HAIR AND MAKEUP luke stephens

2010 was a simpler time, wasn’t it?

Obama was in power, for one, leaving Trump to dick around with reality telly instead of pushing the world closer to the brink of utter destruction. No one had ever uttered the dreaded portmanteau “Brexit”, for another. The NHS was still a thing! And we were all basically just filling our days watching Toy Story 3, playing Angry Birds and waiting for this new-ish thing called Twitter to catch on.

It seems like a lifetime ago.

2010 was also the year that The Drums – then a four-piece indie pop band from New York City – were all over radio airwaves with their cucumber-cool Beach Boys-esque surf pop, staring doe-eyed with haircuts and skinny jeans from both the cover of NME magazine and posters on the bedroom walls of teenage girls up and down the country.

Gay Times was even getting in on the action. In fact, we interviewed the band in our November issue that year, pressing Jonny on the somewhat inevitable rumours swirling around his sexuality. “We’ve always embraced anything that adds to the texture of this band,” he diplomatically deadpanned at the time. “For me, men fancying me is more exciting than girls fancying me.”

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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!