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Willam: The Conqueror

He may have been disqualified from the fourth series of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but the controversial Willam Belli is still one of the most successful contestants in the cult US show’s history
Photograph: Paul Boulon

WALKING UP THE CREAKY STAIRS into Brighton’s Revenge nightclub, my heart is racing. I interview people all the time, that’s my job, but for the first time I’m nervous. I’m about to meet Willam, the razor-tongued star of RuPaul’s Drag Race — and everyone I’ve told has warned me to take care!

In their dressing room, Willam and fellow Drag Race contestant Alyssa Edwards are getting ready for the show. It’s a Sunday night and the venue is crammed full. “I like the UK. Last time I was here I judged Porn Idol [at G-A-Y] and I got fucked by one of the contestants,” Willam grins.

He sits opposite me and up close looks flawless, but there’s an intensity to his stare.

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The Orlando attack is one of the most violent acts perpetrated against a gathered group of queer people in the West. Attitude presents a passionate analysis of the event, with guest writers from the Latin, Muslim, Christian, Black and Trans communities asking the question: What have we learned from Orlando? Elsewhere in this issue: Three years before Stonewall… there was the riot at Compton’s cafeteria in San Francisco. Attitude commemorates 50 years since the queer community fought back against an oppressive police force. 20 years of Girl Power. Spice Girl Emma Bunton recalls the highs and lows of life as part of the world’s most famous girl groups ever. Out gay Iraqi activist Amir Ashour on why he’ll never stop fighting for LGBT liberation in his homeland. Pop’s new sensation Shura on why she doesn’t want her music compartmentalized as a queer artist. Willam reveals why he has no love for RuPaul’s Drag Race.