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The great gay sex tech take over

Has anyone ever told you how clever gay men are? Actually, don’t answer that – pretty much all gay men do is remind each other just how superbrainy and switched-on they are. We are, as humans go, marvellously adaptable creatures. Historically, we’ve had to be – we never know when our allies are going to get a taste of ‘gay panic’ and turn against us.

Ever since the first neanderthal gay suggestively gnawed that roasted mammoth thigh to attract his neighbour, or realised you could put more than one thing through the hole in a wheel, the gay community has been making the best of what modern invention can provide to make things work their way. No brainwave too big or small; if it’s an innovation, and we can use it, you can be sure as hell we’re going to sex it up. Cold and calculating? Maybe. You have to be to survive. Public toilets

The sanitised flush changed all our lives, but for gay men, the invention of the public lavatory was nothing short of a godsend. The first modern public loo in London appeared in 1851, and while we don’t have any stats to hand, we’re sure it wasn’t long before two very proper Victorian gentlemen were doing a bit more than doffing their hat at one another, especially when it became commonplace to build them underground. Public loos revolutionised gay sex because, simply, they allowed it to happen. Cottaging may be nothing more than a kink now – and illegal, don’t forget – but for many of our gay forbears it was a necessity. A trip to the loos was often the most illuminating part of a visit to the park. Of course, there’s always someone coming along to ruin it for everyone – cubicle walls you can see under, perverts knocking on your door while you’re trying to have five minutes of peace and a poo – but by and large the invention of public loos revolutionised gay sex and went some way, at least, to alleviate some of the oppression. Hell, the gents’ loo even reinvented vandalism to cubicle walls – it’s not just a hole, it’s a glory hole! Inspired, really.

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For this year's style issue we dress up Hollywood star Nico Tortorella who talks frankly about his bisexuality, his critically acclaimed podcast 'The Love Bomb' and much more. Also bursting out of this edition are 70 pages of spring/summer essentials , Gok Wan talking opera Divas and deep house and we talk to the leading men in the latest theatre revival of the classic 'La Cage aux Folles'. Elsewhere, rugby player Nick Younquest talks about being a face for Paco Rabane; LGBT+ advocate, activist, actor and legend Lord Michael Cashman gets real with us about mental health; and Mark Diakese becomes the first UFC athlete to pose for a gay publication.
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