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Writer and father of two Cameron Laux talks you through being a gay dad in a few easy steps – even if it’s sometimes a case of one step forward and two steps back. Step one: brace yourself for a heart-stopping plunge into banal normality...

My husband and I have two kids. This terribly-banal statement is in fact outlandish for a number of reasons. First of all, I guess in my heart I never believed gay marriage was going to happen. My partner, Charlie, and I got married last year, on what we count as our tenth anniversary. The civil partnerships that were available in the UK from 2004 never really did it for us: they seemed like second-class marriage. When we call each other ‘husband’, say in conversation with the man who owns the hardware store at the end of the road, it sounds odd to my ears. The hardware man doesn’t blink. Actually, few people in London blink, but I suppose the point is that people elsewhere still do. Entire countries still blink.

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The new issue of the biggest gay magazine in the world is here! Winq is 196 pages of luxury lifestyle for discerning gents. Get your hands on the gay magazine you’ve always wanted. In our new August/September issue, chat show queen Ellen DeGeneres and fashion legend Michael Kors grace the cover. Ellen talks the return of forgetful fish Dory and lesbian stereotypes, while Michael Kors reflects on his illustrious career and married life. Peruvian model-turned-chef Franco Noriega is one hot dish in the food section, and we welcome our new columnist Cameron Laux, who will be sharing the ins and outs of being a gay dad over the coming issues. In our travel pages, we’re following our hearts to San Francisco and getting back to basics in Namibia, while the travel theme continues in our bumper style section with stylish shoots from Suriname, Israel, Vegas and France. All of this, within bigger and better sections dedicated to people, travel, style, business, home, fitness and culture. Be upstanding, Winq is the luxury lifestyle magazine for gay men.

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