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Saar Moaz

Life wasn’t exactly easy for a Jewish gay man growing up in Israel in the mid-80s – something Saar Maoz knows all too well. Following an impromptu move to London, Saar became involved in the chemsex scene and was eventually diagnosed with HIV. His story, told in the Heymann Brothers’ new documentary Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, sees him embark on a journey of reconciliation with his deeply religious family and his home country of Israel. Here, he tells us how he built bridges with his past and decided to help others just like him.

“As a country boy from the end of nowhere, arriving in London in the scorching summer of 1995 was quite a shock. The sheer freedom I felt from being in a city with millions of people and not being recognised on the streets was immense. I could never have dreamed about the the different gay bars and gay clubs, and different facets of the gay community that exist here.

Growing up was a complex experience. I spent my childhood in a heavily religious kibbutz in north Israel, a close community based on the concept that every member is equal to one another. My family was also a big one – after me came another six children, which put a lot of pressure on me to be a responsible adult, and a very middle-of-the-road person in a community where everybody wants to be the same.

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This month, GT reflects on the tragic events that occurred at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on 12th June. We pay tribute to those we lost that night and we have reactions from leading figures in the political and LGBTQ* worlds including: David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Sadiq Khan, Peter Tatchell, Asifa Lahore, Michael Cashman and Mas Naina. Also in this issue: All Saints. Courtney Act. Orange Is The New Black's Kate Mulgrew and Selenis Leyva. Hawaii fashion shoot. Simon Callow. Bright Light Bright Light. Right Said Fred. Matt Hunt. Alexi Kaye Campbell. Travel: Taiwan and our guide to the best road trips. Don't forget all the regular features: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night dining with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. The Guyliner. Ask Aled. Benjamin Cohen. Modern Family. PJ Brennan. Sex with Josh Sabarra. Property tips. Plus much more...