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YVES.

The viral internet sensation, musician, and runway favourite on the vital importance of gay men supporting our trans siblings in their fight for equality.

Photography Marcus Branch

Model, activist, musician, Instagram star, volunteer helper for those less fortunate than himself – Yves Mathieu is a 24-year-old trailblazer who, at the risk of pinning even more labels on someone who defies easy categorisation, is a shining example for queer youth.

With an awesome array of tattoos, Brooklyn-born/Florida-raised Yves has modelled for Pyer Moss and Reebok and been featured in the likes of Vogue and The New York Times. Declaring: “I just love all people”, he’s true to his word – using his spare time to help out at LGBTQ runaway and homeless shelters and old folks’ homes.

He’s also a staunch supporter of the queer community, advocating for the rights of people of colour in general and queer and trans women of colour in particular and causing a viral sensation when he attended the Women’s March earlier this year with an empowering “TRANS WOMEN TOO!” placard. He’s a hard man to pin down (when we’re first scheduled to chat he’s busy with volunteer work, the next day he’s called into a clothes fitting) but, eloquent and impassioned, his answers are well worth waiting for.

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Nyle DiMarco is an outspoken activist, actor and model who lives at the intersection of his sexual fluidity and deafness. In our cover shoot with Nyle, artist Cacho Falcon has painted ‘I love you’ in American Sign Language across his body in what we hope to be a strong message of support to the queer deaf community. With nearly 8 million followers on YouTube, and close to 7 million in Twitter and Instagram, Tyler Oakley has become a pioneer of the new wave of social media celebrities, with a global reach that in many cases outshines even the biggest names in film and TV. Here, Tyler speaks on his latest project: Chosen Family, and why queer people need to become aware of their privilege. We’re also partnering with UKBP to raise awareness about the incredible work they do, and the importance of events and organisations such as theirs. We’re constantly learning how to be better allies to everyone across the far reaches of the colourful spectrum that is the queer community, and UKBP as a collective continue to educate and inform us how best to step up to the plate as a truly representative and inclusive company. Lady Phyll and the entire team at UK Black Pride are demonstrating the power of loud, unapologetic unity in the face of hatred and bigotry - often unfortunately from sectors of the LGBTQ initialism. Elsewhere in the issue: Sadiq Khan pens a letter to the LGBTQ people of London; Manevendra Singh Gohil, the first gay Prince of India, on using his platform to raise awareness on LGBTQ issues; Yves on standing shoulder to shoulder with our trans siblings; an exclusive look at the new exhibition Queer Friends; Aaron Altaras on his new role as a footballer coming to grips with his sexuality; Simon Gage reflects upon meeting Alexander McQueen ahead of the release of the upcoming documentary on the fashion icon; plus products, style, fashion, tech, travel, opinion and much more.