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KALEN ALLEN.

250 million views later and still counting, the breakout star of The Ellen DeGeneres Show is on a mission to represent queer kids fighting to be seen.
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Grooming Andrea Pezzillo / / FashionJordan Boothe

“It’s about visibility for me, especially as a black gay man,” Kalen tells us direct from LA. “I think it’s important to be in the press and do those opportunities because it’s the only way I can be an example and representation for many other young boys who need somebody to look up to. Somebody that they can say, ‘He did it, I can do it as well’. It means more to me than just Hollywood.”

As an openly gay black man, Kalen’s sexuality and journey to success is what drives him to be visible for others – for those young queer people that, like him, didn’t see themselves represented on screen or online. And long before his now regular appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, he was posting videos online that were having an incredible reaction. However when Hollywood superstar Seth Rogan reposted one, it began Kalen’s reign as the go-to funny guy.

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For 500 issues, Gay Times Magazine has been at the forefront of amplifying the voices and experiences of LGBTQ people in their march towards true equality. In 1984, the GAY TIMES brand first appeared on the cover alongside our parent title HIM. It marked the start of a shift in queer storytelling and reporting, proudly and unapologetically printing the word ‘GAY’ on the masthead every issue. Over hundreds and hundreds of covers, Gay Times Magazine has chronicled the tragic lows and historic highs of the queer experience during the past 35 years.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Flicking through our archive highlights not only the journey the LGBTQ community has been on over the past four decades, but how we as Europe’s longest-running queer publication have evolved.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In celebration of this milestone in our history, we asked queer artist Jorge Garcia Redondo to reimagine our very first cover to represent what GAY TIMES was, and continues to be: a lifeline for the LGBTQ community. ⁣⁣