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Is it Harder to Adopt as a Gay Man in 2017?

The law, the process and the reality – from those who’ve gone through it: everything you need to know about same-sex adoption.

More nervous than he’d ever been before, Danial McHugh tentatively knocked on the door in front of him, on the morning of 9 February, 2015, knowing that his life was about to change forever. Waiting on the other side were his two children, Farron, 18 months, and Skyla, seven months, who he – and partner Robbie Wright, 34 – were meeting for the very first time.

“I’m crying thinking about it,” the 37-year-old tells us. “It was heart melting.”

The two men had spent the previous three years tirelessly working their way through the adoption process to achieve their lifelong dream of becoming parents. But nothing could have prepared them for the journey it would take to get there, which they sum up as “raw and emotional”, but also the greatest thing they’ve ever done.

“The children have become our world, and it’s now impossible to imagine they were ever not here with us,” Danial shares. “I’ve never known a love like it, and I’m very proud to call myself – and hear them call me – ‘daddy’.”

It was a long journey, but for Danial and Robbie, it was most certainly worth every setback, frustration and obstacle, raising the question: why aren’t more couples following their lead?

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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.