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Clever, visionary and in total control of her career, Charli XCX has always been a pop star who stands out. She’s so fancy – you already know. Here, she tells Gay Times how she slayed the internet with this year’s sexiest and most subversive music video, Boys.


Charlotte Aitchison has always been a bit of a maverick. When she was just 14, this self-starter from Hetfordshire dubbed herself Charli XCX and posted tracks with titles like Franchesckaar! and Art Bitch on Myspace, which led to performances at a load of sketchy East London raves. Her mum would be waiting patiently in the car outside. A couple of years later, she was snapped up by a major label, and her career has grown steadily but unconventionally ever since. You probably know more Charli songs than you think: she co-wrote and featured on Icona Pop’s I Love It and Iggy Azalea’s Fancy, and she scored a huge summer hit in 2014 with the thumping Boom Clap.

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In this issue, we highlight the queer people of colour who continue to fight for equality, justice and visibility all over the world. Fresh from a media firestorm surrounding comments she made about white supremacy, we talk to Munroe Bergdorf about the importance of speaking up; Jason Okundaye about the controversy surrounding his claims about widespread racism in the UK; Bisi Alimi on how only death will prevent him for fighting for the lives of LGBT+ Nigerians; and Travis Alabanza on using performance as a salve for healing. We also look at how activists like Bayard Rustin paved the way for generations of young activists, and how musicians like Sylvester and Ma Rainey set the blueprint for artists like Prince, Beyonce and Rihanna. Allies and media representation continue to play an important role in the modern gay rights movement. Luke Goss speaks on the “absurdity” of having to vote on human rights issues, and we look at how programmes like Will and Grace have had such an enduring impact on the lives of LGBT+ people around the world. Elsewhere in the issue, John Waters on making trouble; drag performer Amrou Al-Kadhi on finding love; openly gay actor and musician Jussie Smollett on his groundbreaking role on Empire; and Charli XCX on her never-ending adoration for her gay fans. Finally, our cover star, Harry Judd, takes us on his journey of battling anxiety and stress with fitness and implores all of us to approach a more holistic approach to our lives and wellbeing. As usual, the issue is packed with style, travel, opinion and politics, and is available to download now.