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LIGHTING THE BLUE TOUCH PAPER

Gay hip-hop star Milan Christopher talks about mental health, fronting a PrEP campaign, and why we should all go back to walking around naked
Milan wears underwear, by Rufskin, earrings (throughout), Milan’s own

Actor and rapper Milan Christopher is accustomed to challenging stereotypes head on. He made waves in the world of hip-hop when he appeared on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood, becoming the first openly gay male on the channel’s reality TV shows. Frontpage stories in the Los Angeles Times followed, as well as roles in music videos by the likes of Beyoncé and Ne-Yo.

Milan, 34, has driven the LGBT+ agenda forward in his own work: the video for his record When I Go highlighted the high rates of domestic abuse and suicide rates in our community. And last year he stopped internet traffic and grabbed the headlines of celebrity news agencies with a full-frontal shoot for Paper magazine. The shoot is, he affirms, an unapologetic celebration of the male body in a way that men aren’t often allowed to show outside of porn.

This summer, Milan continued to push the button by fronting a new PrEP awareness campaign in the US. His goal is simple: to be unapologetic in his identity as a gay man and to embrace his sexuality and the personal responsibility that comes with it. Yet, despite his latest album BeastMode approaching 20 milllion streams, it hasn’t been an easy ride for Milan who has found doors closed to him because of his sexuality, and his status as proudly queer challenged by the wider hiphop community, which the rapper says is still aggressively homophobic. It all culminated into a series of tweets from him in September in which he said he was close to having a breakdown.

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