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Lord Michael Cashman

Not all heroes wear capes. Some wear smart suits – like the one Michael Cashman is wearing as he proudly gives us a tour around the House of Lords in Westminster. Michael knows the history of every inch of the building. It’s enshrined to his memory, as if he himself can’t quite believe that a working class gay man and son of a docker from East London could hold such a title as Baron of Limehouse.

Anyone who’s ever met Michael will know that he’s humble, but his résumé of activism as part of the gay rights movement is as long and storied as, well, the movement itself.

In 1988, when Thatcher had just introduced Section 28 – the anti-gay law which prohibited schools and councils from “intentional promotion of homosexuality” – Michael was starring as Colin Russell in EastEnders, the first gay resident of Albert Square, best known for having the first gay kiss in British soap history. It sent shockwaves through the UK; The Sun at the time ran the abhorrent headline “East Benders”.

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For this year's style issue we dress up Hollywood star Nico Tortorella who talks frankly about his bisexuality, his critically acclaimed podcast 'The Love Bomb' and much more. Also bursting out of this edition are 70 pages of spring/summer essentials , Gok Wan talking opera Divas and deep house and we talk to the leading men in the latest theatre revival of the classic 'La Cage aux Folles'. Elsewhere, rugby player Nick Younquest talks about being a face for Paco Rabane; LGBT+ advocate, activist, actor and legend Lord Michael Cashman gets real with us about mental health; and Mark Diakese becomes the first UFC athlete to pose for a gay publication.