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Rewind to the Seventies. It was a time after the Stonewall riots in New York City and the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. The first Pride marches had taken root. The era of sexual liberation was underway as queer people found their freedom in the streets, bars and bathhouses of the Western world’s major cities. Young people flocked to dance and celebrate, revelling in the joyous explosion of newfound identity. It was a time before the Aids crisis, before wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and financial crashes; before the world forgot how to love.

It’s this spirit of celebration and pleasure, underscored by social responsibility and community, that has inspired Glastonbury’s NYC Downlow.

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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.