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THE POWER OF DRAG

ASIFA LAHORE IS THE UK’S FIRST OUT MUSLIM DRAG QUEEN. DESPITE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PRESSURES, HE USES HIS PERFORMANCES TO GIVE A VOICE TO THE GAY MUSLIM COMMUNITY AND THROW ASIAN VIEWS OF SEXUALITY OUT INTO THE OPEN.

ASIFA LAHORE

The UK’s most prominent Muslim drag queen, DJ club hostess and activist.

Asif realised he was gay in his early teens, but couldn’t speak to anybody in his Muslim family about his sexuality. Instead, he poured his thoughts and turmoil onto paper. One day, the teenage Asif found that his ten-year-old sister had read his diary.

She accepted his sexuality completely, but advised one thing: never to tell their parents as they wouldn’t understand. So Asif kept silent until his early twenties.

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About Attitude

This very special edition of Attitude is our biggest ever. It marks our first annual Pride Awards, which were created to champion the unsung heroes of the LGBT community; all of our 11 recipients grace the cover, and their extraordinary stories are told inside. They will all be honoured at an event in London, hosted by Alan Cumming, on 26 June. This issue also marks Attitude’s 21st birthday, and inside we feature 21 ordinary 21 year olds from the LGBT community who speak about what matters to them as they come of age in Britain in 2015. The issue also includes interviews with Roisin Murphy, Little Mix, Mary Lambert, Aston Merrygold, Kavana, Collabro, actor Layton Williams, and director Bill Condon; as well as features on the rebranding of Switchboard, and a look back at Queen’s iconic Live Aid performance 30 years on. All this, plus our regular fashion spreads, columnists, real life features, travel and fitness.
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