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Rickey Thompson

Funny, fashionable and ferocious: this internet star is going from influencer to influential.
Blazer, £1,065; shirt, £710, both VERSACE.
Photography Ryan Pfluger

Fashion Willyum Beck and Nathan Miller

Hair + Makeup Nathan Juergensen

“Oh my! I didn’t see you there. I was too busy focused on my brand new pair of boots. Yes bitch, I’ve got new boots,” Rickey Thompson says straight down the camera to his 4.5 million followers. His trademark “ha ha ha” laugh follows, along with: “These boots are from London, darling. These are international boots, baby. You work hard, you buy yourself a new pair of boots, bitch.” Next thing you know he’s doing a backroll on his bed; his nimble body frame achieving it with much more elegance and grace than we ever could achieve. “Oh shit! These boots got me all acrobatic.”

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About Gay Times

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. ⁣⁣