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MERMAIDS AND ME.

How UK charity Mermaids became a lifeline to one family and their trans teen.
Photography Tom Fuller and Raw London

“I can definitely say that without Mermaids, I wouldn’t be at the stage I am today,” 18-year-old Ethan says of the the leading UK charity for gender diverse and transgender children and teenagers. “For kids and their families, it can really be an isolating time, so having such a friendly charity can make a real difference.”

Like many, Ethan’s journey of self-discovery has been a lengthy one, and hasn’t quite reached its finale. After spending much of his school years between both the boy and girl groups, their then same-sex attraction opened them up to the different identites of the LGBTQ experience. And with that, their first real understanding of who they are – and what label to use.

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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. ⁣⁣