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Why, 20 years on, I’m still a sucker for gay TV classic BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER


LET’S NOT GET IT TWISTED: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is queer TV.

Exhibit A: the season 2 finale, ‘Becoming’, features Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) coming out to her clueless mother as a vampire slayer. “Have you tried not being a slayer?” Joyce asks, before issuing Buffy with the ultimatum all LGBT+ kids fear: “If you walk out that door, don’t ever come back.” Buffy does walk out and, like too many LGBT+ youths, ends up, for a period, homeless.

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On the cover, Adam Peaty, the first British Olympian to win gold at the Rio Olympics. Plus: Amini Fonua, the Tongan swimmer who famously challenged a homophobic attack from the media at the Rio Olympics; an exclusive look behind the scenes at GCHQ and the new generation of gay men following in Alan Turing’s footsteps; ten years of queer Glastonbury with an exclusive look at the history of The NYC Downlow; and writer Juno Dawson on why she thinks lots of gay men are really trans women.