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Emile Griffith was a gay boxer, hailed as one of the sport’s greatest 20th century champions, but from family disownment to a tragic murder, details of his turbulent life are largely unknown. Now, in a new book A Man’s World, his legacy receives the closer look it deserves.

On 24 April 1962 the boxer and his boyfriend sat together on a swaying train which hurtled along the New York subway. Emile Griffith had pulled a hat down over his eyes. He was not in the mood to make eye contact with anyone. Emile was about to weigh-in for his latest world championship fight that night at Madison Square Garden. It would be the third time he’d face his bitter rival Benny Paret in the ring.

Emile had lost his world welterweight title to Paret seven months previously. The Cuban had upset Emile at the weigh-in to that fight by taunting him as a maricón [Spanish for ‘faggot’]. In boxing’s macho world there could be no greater insult.

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This month’s Attitude cover star is One Direction’s Liam Payne, who gives the band’s first ever solo interview, and first gay press exclusive. Shot and interviewed by Attitude, he speaks out about his relationship with the gay community, and the band’s future. We also have an interview with music’s most profound gay voice, John Grant, the King of Broadway Harvey Fierstein, alternative pop star Peaches, and young adult author James Dawson. We have a feature looking at what really happened at the Stonewall riots, and look back at Emile Griffith, the tragic gay boxing star from the 1960s. This issue also introduces a few new pages to the magazine, including a Books page, the new Readers Question spread, and the debut of columnist Jemal Polson.
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