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A Touch of Class

Leon Lopez is the Liverpudlian actor who has appeared in Brookside and EastEnders as well as being the filmmaker behind Soft Lad. He tells Attitude about his working-class roots, feeling forced to hide his sexuality and the heartbreak of his first romance

Knowing Leon Lopez quite well should have made this interview easier than most to conduct. He’s made a short documentary on the open-mic forum I run in London called Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs, which was shown this year at the BFI Flare film festival. We have potential plans to create other projects. But I suddenly realised I didn’t know much about the back story of this proudly out gay actor and filmmaker.

When I meet him for coffee, it takes a while to break out of the casual-friend status, and don the garments of interviewer and interviewee. I ask him to tell me a little bit about himself.

“I’m 36 going on 21, from Liverpool and working-class. I do define myself by my upbringing: I was brought up by a singleparent mother and my Auntie Cathy.

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About Attitude

On the cover this month are American trans model Laith Ashley and the British Athletic Commission’s first LGB Ambassador Matt Lister. In our special report, one year into the current Government we look at how its actions are affecting you. Elsewhere, we interview the director and stars of Holding The Man, the powerful new Australian gay film that everyone should see. Plus, exclusive UK gay press interviews with Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, and director Andrew Steggall talks about his very personal coming of age film Departure.