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Bisi Alimi

What do we mean when we thank people for sharing their truth?

The world we live in today is, well, scary. Gay people, BAME people, trans people – and anyone who’s basically not a straight, white, cisgendered man – are bullied, beaten and victimised every single day in every corner of the globe.

When we thank people for sharing their truth, we’re thanking them for speaking openly and honestly about their own experiences in the hope of broadening minds and empowering people; we’re thanking them for making themselves vulnerable in the hope of – without being flippant – making the world a less lonely and less scary place.

In this issue, we’d like to thank 42-year-old Nigerian HIV and gay rights activist Bisi Alimi for sharing his truth, because the journey he’s made, and continues to make, is one that should be inspiring to all of us.

Bisi was born in Lagos, Nigeria, into a polyamorous family. His Muslim father had two wives, one of whom was his Christian mother. On his mother’s side of the family, his grandfather was a communist activist – extremely political in the context of Nigeria at the time – and although the two never met, Bisi believes that his grandfather’s activism is enshrined in his DNA.

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In this issue, we highlight the queer people of colour who continue to fight for equality, justice and visibility all over the world. Fresh from a media firestorm surrounding comments she made about white supremacy, we talk to Munroe Bergdorf about the importance of speaking up; Jason Okundaye about the controversy surrounding his claims about widespread racism in the UK; Bisi Alimi on how only death will prevent him for fighting for the lives of LGBT+ Nigerians; and Travis Alabanza on using performance as a salve for healing. We also look at how activists like Bayard Rustin paved the way for generations of young activists, and how musicians like Sylvester and Ma Rainey set the blueprint for artists like Prince, Beyonce and Rihanna. Allies and media representation continue to play an important role in the modern gay rights movement. Luke Goss speaks on the “absurdity” of having to vote on human rights issues, and we look at how programmes like Will and Grace have had such an enduring impact on the lives of LGBT+ people around the world. Elsewhere in the issue, John Waters on making trouble; drag performer Amrou Al-Kadhi on finding love; openly gay actor and musician Jussie Smollett on his groundbreaking role on Empire; and Charli XCX on her never-ending adoration for her gay fans. Finally, our cover star, Harry Judd, takes us on his journey of battling anxiety and stress with fitness and implores all of us to approach a more holistic approach to our lives and wellbeing. As usual, the issue is packed with style, travel, opinion and politics, and is available to download now.