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As he wraps the first annual Mr Glory contest, one of the UK’s foremost performance artists, Jonny Woo, talks masculinity, maleness, machismo and mascara.
Oly Innés

When the world’s monotony gets you down, Netflix is on the blink, and Grindr has ground to a halt… there’s a light at the end of the tunnel that promises relief from life’s mundane, socially acceptable routine. As you wander along the tunnel, closer to the light, the distant twinkle becomes brighter, bolder, radiating, eventually revealing a shimmering glitter curtain framing a dark, dusty stage. And there you are… you’re at The Glory in London: the UK’s newest LGBT performance art cum club venue. Suddenly, the humdrummity of daily life is vanquished; you’re in a miniature utopia where the choking constraints of social convention are brushed aside, and the delectable chaos of breaking down cultural norms is embraced.

Zia Almous Yeshua

Located in trendy ‘Faggerston’ [you’ll find it on the Tube map “officially” listed as Haggerston] in the throbbing heart of fashion-forward East London, the self-styled ‘superpub’ stands defiant in a gay scene that just mourned the loss of legendary cabaret venue The Black Cap. The Glory is a veritable bastion against the tide of gentrification sweeping the nation that threatens our queer history, much of which was born in niche independent venues like this. Many of those venues have since struggled to fend off the swathes of developers that seek to transform our cities into a sea of boujis coffee shops and luxury flats.

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The annual Attitude Hot 100 is unveiled in this special issue, with a supplement full of 100 of the world’s hottest men as voted for by you! Who came out on top? Find out inside. Our cover features just a few of the gay celebrities featured on the list: Lance Bass, Michael Turchin, Charlie King, Sanjay Sood-Smith and Dino Fetscher. Inside we explore body image with a special presentation of ‘dad bods’, a report from the alternative East London pageant Mr Glory, and the unveiling of our new column about a compulsive overeater. We have interviews with X Factor star Andrea Faustini, pop stars MS MR, soul boy John Newman, performance legend Penny Arcade, and comedian Joe Lycett, who accompanies a full rundown of all things LGBT at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All this, plus the usual fun and frolics!