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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

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What do we see when we look at Phyll


That she’s a woman, yes. But do we also see a lesbian? An activist? A trade unionist? Do we see a leader of a community? An inspiration to countless? Do we see a lover? Or a fighter?

Phyll is all of the above, of course. But we don’t see all that straight away. First and foremost – probably before we’ve even logged her femininity – we see the colour of her skin. We see that she’s black.

Before you go looking-up the speed at which our brains recognise colour, we put to you that this is down to social conditioning. Not just with race, but with everything. Whether it’s in our newspapers or our pop music, we’re subliminally trained to recognise people’s differences; man and woman, black and white, straight and gay.

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GT is getting it's fash mag slag on this month with our world gay press exclusive coverage of the new Absolutely Fabulous movie. There are interviews with all the main cast members: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks, Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield. Plus we created a Race to Harvey Nicks game and Catriona (Helen Lederer) popped in to give some advice to our readers. Cheers, sweeties! Names, names names in this issue: Bob the Drag Queen. 20 years of Beautiful Thing. Lawson's Ryan Fletcher. Homophobia vs free speech. Pixie Lott. Summer festival guide. Evan Williams. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah. Robert John Godfrey. Travel: Lausanne and Ibiza. And don't forget all the regular features we chanted for: Fitness with Charlie King with Chris Jones. Date night dining with Edd Kimber and the Gastro Gays. The Guyliner. Ask Aled. Michelle Visage. Benjamin Cohen. Wentworth Diary. Modern Family. PJ Brennan. Sex with Josh Sabarra. Property tips. Plus so much more, darling...