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Aled Jones

I didn’t expect the Orlando massacre to affect me in quite the way it did. You hear about terrorist attacks all the time these days, and although I know they’re incredibly sad, I’ve been able to compartmentalise them, in a way. Post-Orlando though, it’s different. Regardless of Omar Mateen’s alleged sexuality, this was an attack purely motivated by hate for gay people. It’s left me feeling a sense of... trepidation? Fear? Emptiness? All three, really. I just can’t shake it. I’m 23-years-old and now when I’m in town with my friends, or I’m walking down the street with my boyfriend, I’m braced and ready for an attack. How can I deal with this? From JO

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In his FIRST-EVER cover shoot, chart-topping star Neil Amin-Smith talks to GT about sexuality, racism and the Labour Party in our September style issue. Speaking of style.... We've got 57 pages of the must-have looks, grooming products and gadgets to see you right for AW16. Also in your brand new GT – Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis explores the world of sex workers, Kerry Ellis defies gravity with our sweetie jar of random questions and award-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor reveals how playing a trans woman made him a better father and husband. Plus, theologian Vicky Beeching tells her remarkable story of coming out and being an Evangelical Christian.