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They’re baaaaack!

If you’re reading this, the first episode of the much-anticipated season nine of Will & Grace has already aired and Karen, Jack and the other two are now back on our screens and back in our lives. To celebrate, we explore the 20 ways Will & Grace changed our gay world since it first aired 19 years ago, and catch a few choice words with its key players. Oh, and that frosted Mini-Wheat Leslie Jordan, too…

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Leslie Jordan

He was the first to confirm the return of Will & Grace but, with the news series now premiered, Leslie Jordan has no idea if he’ll be back as Beverley Leslie, Karen Walker’s antagonist extraordinaire. “I honestly don’t know what’s happening,” he insists. “They haven’t called me yet, but I’ve heard they want to bring recurring characters back and I’d love to return.”

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In this issue, we highlight the queer people of colour who continue to fight for equality, justice and visibility all over the world. Fresh from a media firestorm surrounding comments she made about white supremacy, we talk to Munroe Bergdorf about the importance of speaking up; Jason Okundaye about the controversy surrounding his claims about widespread racism in the UK; Bisi Alimi on how only death will prevent him for fighting for the lives of LGBT+ Nigerians; and Travis Alabanza on using performance as a salve for healing. We also look at how activists like Bayard Rustin paved the way for generations of young activists, and how musicians like Sylvester and Ma Rainey set the blueprint for artists like Prince, Beyonce and Rihanna. Allies and media representation continue to play an important role in the modern gay rights movement. Luke Goss speaks on the “absurdity” of having to vote on human rights issues, and we look at how programmes like Will and Grace have had such an enduring impact on the lives of LGBT+ people around the world. Elsewhere in the issue, John Waters on making trouble; drag performer Amrou Al-Kadhi on finding love; openly gay actor and musician Jussie Smollett on his groundbreaking role on Empire; and Charli XCX on her never-ending adoration for her gay fans. Finally, our cover star, Harry Judd, takes us on his journey of battling anxiety and stress with fitness and implores all of us to approach a more holistic approach to our lives and wellbeing. As usual, the issue is packed with style, travel, opinion and politics, and is available to download now.