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It’s obvious that jungle royalty Joel Dommett loves to stay in shape. When he’s not leaving us gasping for breath with his stand-up, he’s gasping for breath himself at CrossFit. This month’s Gay Times Fitty talks to us about body image in comedy, avoiding desserts - literally - and the importance of staying grounded.

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Hey Joel! You’re currently on tour with your stand-up show. How’s it all going?

I’m having a great time! I’m now on the last leg and the venues are growing. We started off at 200 seaters, and now it’s 1,500, 2,000 seaters! Because it’s slowly built that way, it means every step of the way I get more amazed by it.

That’s great! Any crazy fan moments?

Well, because I displayed my love for cheesecake in the jungle [Joel was a contestant on I’m a Celebrity… in 2016], the weirdest thing I get is people throwing cheesecake at me onstage. It’s kind of annoying actually, people just flinging cheesecake on the stage! You can’t throw food at people doing their jobs! At least I’m not lactose intolerant – then it’d just be insulting.

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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.