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Lets talk about sex, baby.
Lets talk about you and
me. Well, lets not as well
be here all day and theres
a magazine to be read. But
while Ive got you, we can
certainly talk about sex. More
importantly, how people get sex these days. How
sex is consumed, if you will. If youre my sort of
age (mid 30s, thanks, well leave it at that) or older,
youll probably agree that everythings changed.
Sex is, lets be honest, easy to get. It might not be
with the person you want, but its there. And thats
reflected in the biggest ever sex survey that weve
done. It makes for fascinating reading.
If youre younger than me, this sexual playing
field may be all youve ever known it may be
that you cant imagine life without an app that
can hook you up immediately. I find it fascinating
hearing straight people talking about Tinder
as though its some kind of sexual liberation,
when gay people have had their version for years
(happy fifth birthday, Grindr!)
I also find the way gay men respond to dating
apps fascinating. Ive deleted Grindr and Scruff!
people will declare on Twitter. No-one cares.
Theres absolutely nothing wrong with using these
apps, as long as youre playing safe and not cheating
on anyone. Its just what people DO these days. Stop
giving a damn about what anyone else may think. It
doesnt make you better or worse for not having
them, just get on with it. Unless, of course, youre
one of those awful people that goes onto these apps
to be rude to people, screenshot conversations and
post them online with some kind of superiority. Be
nice, were all there for the same reason. Talk about
sex, baby. Darren Scott @darren_scott
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The Book of More Men Whats better than the first issue of
glossy photo-mag Menenti? Why, issue two of course!
Menenti produced by our very own brilliant and handsome Joe
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No more bowls Its almost up there with
shouting tickets, money, passport! as you
leave the house (ask an older gay) that age-
old question of where are my bloody keys?
Of course, now theres an app for that, with
Elgatos Smart Key sending an alert to your
iPhone to let you know youve left them behind.
It even plays a sound to help you find them.
Because yes, there are people like that.
Available from Amazon and elgato.com from 39.95
Pegasus
does Daley
One of our favourite street
artists, the London-based
Pegasus, has been hard at
work adorning numerous
landmarks around the
capital with his awesome
paintings. This one, on
infamous South London
homo watering hole Royal
Vauxhall Tavern, has to be
one of our favourites. Tom
Daley starkers except for
a message of hope and a
rainbow love heart painted
on the door of a gay pub?
Not queer at all, dear.
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Were loving these
new Maurice Lacroix
watches, and were
loving even more
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If you haven't caught Parisian
choreographer and YouTube sensation
Yanis Marshall yet, you`re missing a
treat. He`s already wowing the internet
with his fabulicious, high energy routines
to Beyonc`s Grown Woman, Pink`s
Slut Like You and Britney`s Work Bitch.
Many of the videos are set in his beloved
Paris, and feature Yanis leading a troupe
of smokin` hot shape throwers against a
backdrop of French landmarks. If Yanis
was native American, his name would
certainly be Dances With Heels, as he
rarely struts his stuff less than six inches
from the foor.
"I was obsessed with my mother`s
heels when I was a kid," says the super
cute Yanis. "She has, like, 100 pairs.
I`m getting there too! I just love them
and they make my legs and ass look
better!" There are few on Team GT that
can even stagger a short distance in
sensible heels (yes, of course we`ve
tried), let alone perform a dance routine
to Lady Gaga in them. "It takes a lot
of control and balance, but I love the
feeling," remarks Yanis with infectious
enthusiasm. "I`m a different person once
I have my heels on. I`m that bitch!"
At 16 he joined the cast of hugely
successful French musical Le Roi Soleil,
the youngest of the troupe. Before he
was 21, he`d completed a world tour of
Les Dix Commandements and spent a
year at NYC`s Broadway Dance Centre.
His jaw-dropping choreography may
be winning him fans the world over, but
which artists does he fangirl over? "Def
Madonna, but my all time favourite is
Barbra Streisand. I know you probably
didn`t expect that," he says with a giggle.
But when asked who he would most like
to choreograph for, he simply screams
"Beyonc" about fve times. Bien sr!
Unbelievably, Yanis` elaborate routines
only take him around one to two hours to
create, but if he had unlimited time and
budget to create his dream video, what
would it involve? "It would probably be
extremely gay!" he beams excitedly. "It
would feature a lot of young gays from
all around the world. Oh, and Jean Paul
Gaultier would be dressing me!"
See more of Yanis on his YouTube channel and
yanismarshall.com, @yanismarshall
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After 41 years and 31 million sales,
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is
STILL Elton Johns finest album to
date. Now, its getting the ultimate
reissue makeover like a bit of
slap on before a night on the town.
Out on 24 March, the new deluxe
version comes with a documentary,
live concert album and a bonus
disc of cover versions from some
of our favourite artists from John
Grant and Emeli Sand through to
Fall Out Boy (but more on them and
Elton later in the mag). Theres also
a 100-page illustrated hardback
book packed with rare photos and
interviews, including this snap
we managed to get our paws on
just for you. Its not hard to see
how he became one of the biggest
pop stars on the planet, sparkling
platform boots and all. Oh, and of
course, singles like Bennie and the
Jets and Saturday Nights Alright
For Fighting. Everybody sing with
us now... Saturday, Saturday...
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20-30 March
Looking for the
fnest in queer
cinema? This
year`s London Gay
Film Festival will
be showing the
best offerings the
silver screen has
to offer. Here`s
hoping for one
or two happy
endings. bf.org.uk/
llgff
25 Feb-15 Mar
Rachael`s Caf is
the true story of a
married man who
opens a caf and
begins living as a
woman. The play,
running at the Old
Red Lion Theatre,
includes touching
anecdotes, even
including President
Obama. rachaels-
cafeplay.co.uk
From 27 February
The aptly-titled
new musical I Can`t
Sing! based on
reality TV show
The X Factor opens
at the London
Palladium, starring
Nigel Harman as
Simon Cowell and
scribbled by the
legendary Harry Hill.
icantsingthemusi-
cal.com
11 March
Straight from the
US, the hottest
female rapper on
the scene, and
self-labelled
pansexual Angel
Haze, makes an
appearance at
London`s Heaven,
following the
release of her debut
album Dirty Gold.
seetickets.com
From 16 March
It may be too late
to Apologize, but it
isn`t too late to see
OneRepublic`s UK
tour, commencing
16 March 2014. The
boys will be calling
in at London`s
Roundhouse and
the Royal Albert
Hall, among others.
onerepublic.com/
events
T-Time
Ulta-cool streetwear
label Nena &
Pasadena have
premiered their
latest collection
of graphic and
photo print t-shirts.
This season, the
Australian brand
has opted for short-
sleeved tops that
come in a muted
palette of mainly
monochrome. The
designs range from
simple logo motifs,
to eye-catching
photo prints.
Ninaandpasadena.
co.uk
Open letter to David Beckham
Please keep releasing Bodywear pieces for H&M. But only if you keep making the adverts where youre
caught outside in your pants. Oh, and maybe do a jock in the next line. Lots of love, Team GT.
The Spring David Beckham Bodywear Collection is available in select H&M stores and online at hm.com now.
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It was a late
November morning
when I got the call.
The call that would put a definite
end to the best years of my life.
My best friend Leigh had been
taken on a date to a London
nightclub. Only the guy who took
him had very different plans of how
their night was going to turn out.
Within an hour of them meeting,
he poisoned Leighs drink with
a lethal amount of liquid ecstasy
while he went to the bathroom.
In the early morning Leigh was
discovered, and his mum called
me from the hospital.
I was unaware that within a few
hours, Id be told that I had to say
my final goodbyes to him before
they switched off his life support.
Leigh was 24.
I could go on about the pain of
losing the greatest friend I ever
had. I could go on too about how
we all approach the pain of loss in
so many different ways.
But thats another story; a long
and very tragic, macabre mess.
One Id be better to stay away
from right now.
During the madness of court
cases, funeral arrangements and
trips to police stations, I came to
understand how the struggle of
finding the right thing to say can
make people disappear from your
life altogether. Friends of Leighs
and mine, both mutual and not,
had vanished off the radar, fading
into empty answering machine
messages and unanswered texts.
The days and weeks passed in
an ugly flash, and after an eternity
of calls, tears, legal battles,
revelations and family concerns,
there was nothing left but the
rubble and ashes of a life lost and a
pool of unanswered questions. We
were forced to let go while a guilty
man walked free, and Leigh was
put down as just another statistic in
a gay clubbing and drugs mistake.
With nothing left to do, I
thought it over in my mind until
my heart burst.
Then, I closed every blind and
curled up on my couch, where I
planned to stay for good. A yellow
case on the shelf almost lit up in
front of me; a box of DVDs that
Leigh had lent to me just a few
weeks before I got the call. The
Golden Girls.
I remembered sitting with my
mum and sister watching this
show when I was a little kid. Id
never quite got the humour of it;
four old ladies living in Miami,
each one with their own different
quirks. There was Sophia, a
matriarchal biddy with a story for
everything, and her razor sharp
daughter Dorothy, with a voice
like a sack of bricks. Rose was the
loveable simpleton, and Blanche,
well, she was the whore.
I dragged myself over to the
DVD player and put it on. I had
no idea what to do with myself,
or how I was going to ever get
by without him in my life. As
the weeks went on, these four
women, lifted me from the very
ground I had sunk into. I found
myself laughing with them, crying
with them, and feeling every
bit of their frustration and pain,
throwing my arms up in joy with
every success they made and
lesson they learned.
As the last moments of the last
episode played before my eyes,
I wept all over again; for the
great ladies that had become
my surrogate family. And for
Leigh, and the part of our lives
we could never get back, or
relive ever again.
My soul mate, my saviour and
the greatest friend I ever had was
gone. And from here on in, there
was only me left to be able to
retell all the crazy and wonderful
things we did and shared
together over the years.
I went in to the Apple store and
bought my first-ever laptop on
finance, of course.
And that night, I started to write
what was to become my first book.
And of course, I dedicated it to
Leigh. I still think of him, every
single day.
And Ill always have those Golden
Girls he sent to take care of me.
Tell your friends just
how much you love
them.
A guilty
man
walked
free, and
Leigh was
put down
as just
another
statistic
in a gay
clubbing
and drugs
mistake
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Theres even an app for your smart phone! I`ll stick with Grindr, thanks.
If you believe whats coming
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thousands of people who attend
the European Gay Ski Week every
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PAGANO | HILDEGARD
STEVEN REDANT
PHIL ROMANO | DjCK
LEOMEO | OLIVER M.
RONY GOLDING
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Him in the Pinny An all-male
production of Gilbert and
Sullivans classic HMS Pinafore
runs at the Hackney Empire in
London until 23 February and
then sets off for an eight-week tour
around the UK. Hot man-shaped
thespians and a classic Gilbert
and Sullivan opera. All aboard!
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Spring is just about on the horizon and, to celebrate, artists from all over the world have teamed up to
create a dynamic new shoe collection. The project is called BucketFeet. And no, we dont get the name
either. But what we do know is that its made up of diverse designs ranging from slip-on options in neon-
soaked geometric prints to demure lace-up shoes in monochromatic hues. All proceeds go directly to the
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From being a gay
icon to why her
role in Blithe Spirit
is her best yet, we
caught up with
Jessica Fletcher
herself, aka Dame
Angela Lansbury,
at the Gielgud
Theatre. Her role
as Madame Arcati
will mark 40 years
since she last
performed on a
British stage
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Youve done Blithe Spirit
on Broadway, what is it
that made you want to do
it again and in London?
I think its one of the best
parts Ive ever had in the
theatre. Honestly, thats really
the prime reason that Im
here. Its an extraordinary
character and I adore playing
it. What better place to do it
but London? The place of its
origin, and mine.
What is it you like so much
about Madame Arcati? She
embodies all the qualities I
used to fool around with as
a child. When I was about
seven, me and my sister
used to do a sort of seance at
Christmas. So Ive played this
part for a long time.
Do you think Murder She
Wrote will be a driving
force for people coming
to see Blithe Spirit?
Unquestionably. A great
proportion of the youngsters
who came to see the play in
New York came to see me
because they knew me as
Jessica Fletcher, so it was a
bit of a shocker for them.
What do you expect and
hope for this production? I
would love it to be a smash
hit, thats what I want. We
have a wonderful group of
producers and if we cant
pull this off then I dont
belong in this business.
And finally, what do you
think makes you a gay
icon? Mame, a part that I
played. She was every gay
persons idea of glamour and
her attitudes coincided with
every young mans ideals
of beauty and glory. It was
lovely and Im very proud
that Im a gay icon.
Blithe Spirit is at the Gielgud
Theatre, Shaftesbury
Avenue, London, until 7 June,
blithespiritlondon.com
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Sunday afternoons may no longer be
dedicated to recording the Top 40
on to a cassette tape, but Prezzybox
have given us an ode to the good old
days with their 1GB USB mix tape.
This uniquely kitsch gift idea can
hold 900 minutes of unadulterated
retro cheese (if thats what youre
into) and is available to buy at a
bargain 14.95. prezzybox.com
GET FREAKY
Homo hip-hop has been making
waves in the mainstream press
of late, thanks to artists like
Zebra Katz, Angel Haze and
Mykki Blanco. Now, added to
that list are Chicago duo Freaky
Boiz, whose unapologetically
frank and queer-leaning
lyrics are getting them some
attention in cyberspace. Prince
Charming and Terrance Terrll
told us: We personally believe
theres homophobia in hip-hop
because gays are asking for
acceptance in hip-hop, which is
what makes us different. Were
not asking for acceptance
were taking it! Everyone wants
to know if the world is ready for
gay artists. If we leave it up to
the world, they would never be
ready. You have to take your
spot in history! Quite. Catch
their previous single Bounce
online, and then check out their
latest tune Watch This, which is
out now. @TheFreakyboiz
Jeffrey Sanker`s
infamous White
Party turns
25 this r in
Palm Springs,
California. More
than 30,000
men from across
the globe come
together to enjoy
cutting edge
audiovisuals,
the freshest DJs
and a superstar
headliner. White
Party is the
biggest gay dance
music festival in
the world, and this
year aims to be
bigger than ever.
Talent comes in
the form of DJs
Alex Acosta,
Tony Moran and
Chris Cox, among
others. It also
marks the debut
of DJ/producers
Danny Verde and
Steven Redant
working together
as a duo, under
the name Bent
Collective. It
all takes place
alongside day-
long pool parties,
set against
a scorching
desert backdrop.
Jeffreysanker.com
dance and sing
retro giftage
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You love your GBF Cody. Now
that young gay men have more
freedom to express themselves,
do you feel theres still more
work to be done? I reckon get
a new flag. The rainbow thing is
really dumb. And young gay guys
need to get better at sport. Theyre
really uncoordinated.
What do you think of gay guys,
as opposed to gay girls? Gay
guys funny, cool, some are
hot but their voices get really
annoying. Gay girls smell, weird,
always check me out in changing
rooms, usually ugs.
How many girls have you pashed?
Not full pashed, just partly
pashed. OK. Im NOT a lesbian,
but I accidentally pashed my
bestie Madison at a sleepover once.
I was having a dream about a hot
guy and I didnt have my lesbian
prevention guard a pillow
between us. It was disgusting.
For the uninitiated, explain
quiche and where it came
from? I made it up. It means
rootable. Like, hot to the point
that guys wanna root you. Like,
for example Im quiche. But you
can say it to mean, like, extremely
good. I just did the quichest self
portrait in art or something.
What are your thoughts on men
dressing up as women? Its
disgusting. I reckon if youre a man,
act like one. I dont mind Sarah
Jessica Parker. Thats a guy right?
What advice would you give Gay
Times readers if they receive a
dick pic? Save it straight to your
dick pic album, obvs. Ive got mine
separated into black, white and
Asian albums because I get sent
heaps. Obvs delete if its a gross
one. If its a really quiche one, use it
as your lockscreen pic.
Any advice on how to make small
things look bigger? You know,
even if it was caused by an eating
disorder... Are you trying to say
that my tits are small? Because they
totes are. Im legit sui suicidal
about it, so dont make jokes.
Mitchell, Kwami, Lauren. Snog,
marry or kill? Snog Kwami too
poor to marry, and black guys
lips are really fleshy and amazing.
Marry Mitchell rich, quiche and
his dick pics are incredible. Kill
Lauren. For obvs reasons.
How can we send better
Snapchats? I only ever send one
second tit shots. That way you cant
screenshot and its not long enough
to tell how small my tits are, but
enough time to get guys aroused.
You have a strong rivalry with The
Boarders, the girls who board at
your school. What can they do to
make you change your mind on
them? Lose weight, brush their hair
for once, use deodorant, and stop
fisting other girls in the dorms.
What advice would you give to
poor people? Get some money and
stop going on about being poor.
And if youre hot and homeless,
try to use your hotness to your
Shes our favourite schoolgirl in,
like, ever, and Jamie King has
granted her rst ever gay press
interview to Gay Times because
were way quiche. Shes 17, shes
from Sydney, Australia and her new
series, Jamie: Private School Girl
on BBC Three now documents
her nal year at school...
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Which Disney
villain would you
be and why?
From @J_T1988
Answer
Joe my darling,
I`d be Snow
White`s Queen for
multiple reasons.
First off, she`s
got the best
eyebrows on the
face of the Earth.
Then there`s
that face; she`s
always serving
face Grace Jones
style, with a
hood snatching
everything back.
She`s got a gay
(the mirror) who`s
always telling
her how gorge
she is, but most
importantly, she`s
the fairest in the
land so we have
that in common,
no? xxx
advantage. Hang around private
school gates after school hours.
Id definitely chuck a few coins at
a young hot homeless guy if he
grabbed my eye.
Any plans to come and visit your
gay fans in Britain? OMFG I defs
want too. Ive got a fake ID so I could
get into clubs and stuff. But gay guys
can get a bit rapey, so Id want to
bring my GBF Cody to look after me
just in case. And so he can pick up.
Youre a bit of a gay icon why
do you think this is? I think gays
tend to like girls with balls. Like
girls that are tough and stand up for
themselves and who are not, like,
full sluts, but are sort of semi-slutty.
And I tick all those boxes.
Who would play you in the
movie of your life? Miranda
Kerr has already said shes keen
if theres ever a telemovie about
me probs will be. But Ive got a
better body and she looks a bit
alieny, so Im not into it.
Ja`mie: Private School Girl is on BBC
Three, Thursdays at 10pm. Answers by
creator and writer @chrislilley
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Well hello my
beauties! I trust
you kept yourselves
busy while I so desperately
missed you from over here
across the pond? Good. Well,
were back together and Im
fresh off another successful Battle
of The Seasons Tour with a hot
mix of the Queens from seasons
one to five. The live shows just
keep getting bigger and better
much like my tits! Its like each
and every performer challenges
themselves to go in harder and
stronger than their last show.
That and the fact that Im singing
on these tours and they want
to somehow try and outdo me,
which never happens. Ill never
grow tired of watching my babies
go out there and do what they
do because I know there are no
other shows out there with as
much heart and soul as ours. And
now for the really fucking
exciting bit...
I got word and cannot wait to
share with you all. I am UK bound
this spring! Can you imagine?
None of what we do would be
possible without our fans from all
over the world and ESPECIALLY
my UK Glitterazzi! I will forever
be grateful for all of the love and
support you give to me and, once
I land on your shores, I will be
werking overtime to give some of
that love back to you. TELL YOUR
CLUBS! Im working on some of
my fave musical theatre numbers
to entertain-t you with. And when I
get there? Just you try and stop me
from letting you hear my regional
accents and buying all of your
nommy UK candies and cookies.
Oh, sorry, sweeties and biscuits!
Do you see? I. AM. SO. BRITISH.
Go on, ask me anything...
With that, its time for me to
take my leave. I love you all.
And for those of you who didnt
get a Valentines this year,
consider this your belated love
note. Until next month, you all
know what to do. Come visit me
at michellevisage.com and get at
me on Twitter:
@michellevisage.
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She considered
Kenny Everett and
Freddie Mercury
to be close friends,
she won our hearts
on Celebrity Big
Brother and she
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class on how to
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You look amazing! Whats the
secret to eternal youth? Tequila!
Honestly, you know when you drink
wines or bad spirits, they make
your face clank down around your
ankles the next day! I also love
being happy. Not stupidly happy,
I just think if something bad has
happened I just edit it out.
What was your first experience
of this business we call show? I
suppose it was working with Kenny
Everett from a young age on his
show. It was so throbbingly popular.
There was no rehearsal, it was
completely natural; life was work. It
wasnt, oh were going to work now.
It meant putting on a costume and a
bit more makeup but they were one
and the same with Kenny. He was just
a lovely, unassuming, but, at the same
time, really colourful and divine man.
If you were an animal, what would
you be? Im a Leo, but I do actually
feel a real affinity with lions. Theyre
gold and no-one really messes with
them. Theyre really quite divine.
Whos the most famous person in
your phone book? Well it depends
who youd tell! Ive got Emma Bunton,
Robbie Williams, Joan Collins
I adore Joan, shes a proper icon.
Shes ageless too. You go out and
its one in the morning and shes not
ready for bed. She knows absolutely
everything there is to know and
anything thats going on. Shes more
than up to date.
Celebrity Big Brother would you
ever do it again? Theyd have to pay
me an awful lot of money [laughs]. No,
I wouldnt do it again. I came from a
time when not just anyone could be on
television. You had to have an equity
card, you had to earn it. Now its a
different matter. I thought, oh a house
full of showbiz people or whatever
you want to call them therell be
a certain amount of discipline and
entertainment. Well all bring outfits
and obviously well have fabulous
tales to tell each other. How difficult
will that be? Well, what you dont see
is the wind ups that go on between
the production and certain people
in the house. They need to agitate
people and you dont always see that.
Sometimes certain people in the house
would go to the Big Brother room and
push the button and theyd be left
waiting for hours or even days, and
other people would go in and press
the button and be let in immediately
and get what they want. That would
put in a bit of friction and the general
public would never see it. Oh, and the
hideous lighting!
Whats the campest thing youve
ever done? Being born! [Laughs].
And whats the wildest party youve
ever been to? Going to Mexico
last year. The big breakthrough
we had was [Cleos brand of
tequila] AquaRiva going into Virgin
clubhouses. We launched with an
inaugural flight to Mexico, so Derren
Brown, Keith Lemon, Richard Arnold,
Richard Branson and I were in the
clubhouse at seven in the morning
and theyre serving a variety of
AquaRiva cocktails. We had two
gorgeous bartenders serving us the
whole flight, and when we got off
at Mexico, there was another party
there til 2am! We partied for three
days in the end; what a shriek!
What scares you? Plastic shoes
[laughs].
Whats the biggest lie youve ever
read about yourself? Oh God, I cant
tell you that! Because I actually sued
and won [laughs].
We have to ask about you, Freddie
Mercury and Kenny Everett taking
Princess Diana to [South London
gay pub] the Royal Vauxhall
Tavern... Oh, it was just one of those
times when you look back and think,
how fabulous. Princess Diana used
to love Kennys show and they knew
each other. Every few months wed
all get together and swap palace
gossip for showbiz gossip. She always
wanted to know who was really gay,
what was going on, are they really
having an affair. It was pre-Heat
magazine days and we used to fill
her in on everything. One particular
day, we were meeting at the Bombay
Brasserie to chat over peach bellinis,
Dianas recommendation, and she
would usually go back to the Palace.
But Kenny lived on the way to hers
and one day she just came back
with us. We all got in, kicked off our
shoes and danced barefoot to the
Gypsy Kings. Kenny and Freddie
had become friends over the years
and, that night, Freddie, Kenny and
I were going out to the Vauxhall
Tavern. The reason being, if I went,
Freddie wouldnt bring his security
man and I could basically pimp
for him! He would say, I like the
look of him over there and theyd
stand in the shadows as I go over
and do introductions. So, Kenny
phoned Freddie and said, Darling,
Dis here, youve got to come over
immediately! Freddie came over
and we all drank champagne while
watching The Golden Girls. Diana
then said, where are you going
tonight? and it all started there. I had
a camouflage jacket that Id brought
over for Kenny, which Diana put on
and tucked her hair under a cap. She
looked sensational and suddenly said
Im coming too! Kenny said: You
cant come, its a big, hairy gay mans
bar and sometimes there are fights
outside. I can just see the headlines
now, Future Queen of England Dies
in Gay Bar Brawl! And itll all be my
fault! [Laughs]. To this day, I can see
Freddie standing in the doorway,
leaning slightly and saying oh, let
the girl have some fun! Kenny was a
nervous wreck about it all in the back
of the cab on the way to the Vauxhall
Tavern. So we all sidled up to the pub,
nudging each other like school kids.
People were coming up and saying
hello because everyone recognised
Kenny and Freddie. But no one
recognised Diana with her collar up
and wearing aviators; she looked like
a beautiful male model. The next day,
she sent the clothes back in a car to
Kennys house with a note saying, so
fabulous, we must do it again soon.
Best. Story. Ever.
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WHEN GERMAN FOOTBALLER
Thomas Hitzlsperger came out last
month, he was greeted by a rousing
chorus of support: David Cameron,
Angela Merkel and Gary Lineker
were just three of those ready to
congratulate the retired Premier
League star.
No doubt they were as surprised
by the news as the rest of us
there having been a 24 year
interval since the last top flight
footballer came out. It was 1990
when Justin Fashanu revealed he
was gay in a front page exclusive
with The Sun. The story was a
tabloids dream, dominating news
and gossip agendas for weeks.
But Fashanu couldnt get a full-
time contract after revealing his
sexuality, eventually emigrating
to the US. Sadly, Fashanus story
ended with suicide in 1998.
Thomas Hitzlsperger has come
out to a very different backdrop.
Gay people are far more
prevalent in popular culture than
in 1990, and many of the myths
about a homosexual lifestyle
have been dispelled. But 24 years
later, the news of a gay footballer
still made The Suns front page.
And when Leeds United player
Robbie Rogers revealed he was
gay in 2011, he, like Fashanu,
emigrated to the US, over concern
to the reaction.
The German ace first considered
coming out in 2011, while still
playing professionally. But he
was warned the news would
have serious consequences on
his career. Six years ago, the
31-year-old Bavarian split from
his childhood sweetheart, who he
had been due to marry. Where
I come from, in rural Bavaria,
homosexuality is considered un-
normal, he told The Guardian.
[But] the important thing for me
is to show that being homosexual
and a professional footballer player
is something that is normal. The
perceived contradiction between
playing football, the mans game,
and being homosexual is nonsense.
Research for Stonewalls Kick It
Out campaign found that seven
in ten football fans have heard
homophobic abuse at matches,
while more than half of fans said
they felt the FA let gay players
and supporters down by not doing
analysis
FORMER ASTON VILLA
FOOTBALLER THOMAS
HITZLSPERGER HAS REVEALED
HE IS A GAY MAN BECOMING
ONLY THE SECOND PREMIER
LEAGUE PLAYER TO DO SO. THE
GERMAN MIDFIELDER FELT HE
HAD TO WAIT UNTIL RETIRING
FROM THE BEAUTIFUL GAME
TO GO PUBLIC ABOUT HIS
SEXUALITY. NOW GT ASKS: WHY,
IN 2014, IS FOOTBALL STILL SO
DOGGED BY HOMOPHOBIA?
WORDS BENJAMIN BUTTERWORTH IMAGE DAVID DAVIES / PA
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LEFT THOMAS PLAYING
FOR ASTON VILLA
FOOTBALL CLUB
enough to stamp out homophobic
abuse at matches.
Ed Connell is campaigns officer
for the Gay Football Supporters
Network (GFSN) and former
manager of gay-friendly football
team, London Titans. There
is definitely a problem with
homophobia in football, thats
clear, he told GT.
The GFSN was started as a way
for gay football supporters to make
contact with each other, in the
days before the internet. Now we
campaign to tackle homophobia,
and we organise what we think
is the only gay national football
league in the world.
The league includes some 20
gay-friendly teams. Most of
the players are openly gay, but
the teams also include a handful
of straight friends and family.
On top of their own gay league,
they compete in the mainstream
Sunday league
championships.
We have
suffered from
actual homophobia last season, in
the Sunday league, says Ed.
There were a couple of
games when things got pretty
unpleasant on the sidelines.
We had players spat at, people
coming up into players faces
and being threatening. It was
really unpleasant at times; there
was some real homophobia. But
the bulk of teams out there are
not a problem, you dont get that
kind of thing. Its just been one
or two teams where its become
an issue.
Politicians, commentators
and fellow footballers
responded supportively to the
German players news within
hours. Meanwhile FIFA, the
international governing body
for football, took more than a
day to comment. When they
did, they managed a somewhat
non-specific statement of fewer
than 100 words. And in the same
week Hitzlsperger came out,
a member of the UK Football
Associations inclusion advisory
board had to resign for calling
homosexuality detestable.
Ed Connell says the footballing
world has a long way to go:
If youd asked me 18 months
ago if the FAs actions were
good enough, I wouldve been
critical. It took them 20 years in
trying to eradicate racism, and
homophobia just hasnt been up
there. But now it seems theyve
got the message.
The FA are taking steps to
make things better. The football
world seems more receptive to
the LGBT community now, and
theyre putting more money into
the issue but its early days.
We need to see if theyre true to
their word.
Hitzlsperger said he has been
encouraged by the response to
his news, and the response for
the likes of Robbie Rogers and
Anton Hysn coming out. Hes
under no illusion that attitudes in
football will change overnight,
though. Its good to know, not
just for me but for others who are
still playing now, that those at the
top have no problem, that they
support you. When the chancellor
comes out in your favour,
you know that its safe being
homosexual in this country, that
you wont be discriminated.
Football has a long way to go in
tackling the homophobia rooted
in its culture. But its clear that for
the issue to be resolved, the likes
of FIFA and the FA need to get to
grips with this thorny issue in the
same way they have racism. Its
highly unlikely all of the worlds
footballers are 100% straight.
But the media speculation over
who may or may not be gay isnt
the real issue their private
lives are entitled to be just that.
The issue is footballs culture of
homophobia that continues. GT
says its time to kick it out.
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I discovered football as a kid, becoming entranced
by the Italia 90 tournament and the England v West
Germany semi-final. That night in Turin showed football
at its best operatic and dramatic in equal measure. By
the end of the decade though, the uglier aspects of the
game were all too apparent. Within a year of each other,
Justin Fashanu took his own life and Robbie Fowler
publicly taunted Graeme Le Saux over his sexuality.
Football dragged its knuckles into the 21st century,
while the wider sporting world chipped away at its
resistance, with Gareth Thomas (rugby), Steven Davies
(cricket) and Tom Daley (diving) all coming out.
Now footballs own journey towards a top-flight
player coming out started by Fashanu in 1990 but
hugely derailed is back on track. With Anton Hysn
(the Brit abroad), Robbie Rogers (the foreign signing)
and Thomas Hitzlsperger (the retired pro) all speaking
out, what we have is a series of perfectly timed steps
towards a domestic breakthrough.
Football has lived inside its own head for so long. Its
lost itself to unfounded fears and myths. The players?
The two Robbies (Savage and Fowler) recent apology
for homophobia on BBCs Football Focus suggests that
isnt a problem. The fans? Lets not underestimate the
football fans sense of both humour and justice an ex-
player would be taunted before an out footballer.
The authorities are the final piece of the jigsaw,
yet their inactivity has only been broken by
spectacular misfires on the subject. Besides, self-
policing has always been a more effective weapon
in tackling prejudice.
We live in an increasingly fluid society. Boxes and
labels belong to yesterday. Yet the right for people
to be open about their sexuality cannot be confused,
nor the speed at which that happens abated. For
football its not if, its when. Its not three or four
players in a league, its three or four players in a
team. And you know what? The beautiful game will
be a lot less ugly as a result.
There are currently 5,000 professional footballers
in the UK. By statistical averages, there must be
around 500 players who are gay or bisexual. Why
do they feel unable to come out? What does this say
about the state of football?
To its credit, the FA is doing some good work:
homophobic abuse is against ground regulations,
clubs are signed up to ensure equality and a toolkit on
how to tackle homophobia was sent to the 92 Premier
League and Football League clubs.
But these initiatives are below the radar. They are
not reaching most players and fans; certainly not
the homophobic minority who need them most. The
average person in the street is unaware they exist.
To vanquish homophobia, the FA needs to up its
game, with high-profile campaigns that reach a
mass football audience. This could include securing
the agreement of clubs to include anti-homophobia
messages on tickets, in match programmes and on
stadium screens at half-time thereby ensuring that
the FAs commitment gets high-profile visibility and
impacts public attitudes.
Another idea is for the FA to fund a MTV-style video
challenging homophobia. Featuring top footballers
speaking out against homophobia (such as Beckham,
Ronaldo and Ferdinand), inter-cut with spectacular
goal-scoring images and soundtracked by a big-name
pop singer to give it mass appeal.
Such a video would be a world first and have a
massive UK and global impact. Its launch would get
international news coverage, as well as being featured
on sport, music and youth TV programmes worldwide.
It could reach a global audience of up to a billion
people, helping to challenge homophobia among
football fans and the wider public.
Within the UK, the FA could promote the video to
football clubs for broadcast on stadium screens pre-
match and half-time. It could also be distributed to
schools and youth clubs. Why not? Its about time!
SAFE Dan Tickner
Dan is an esteemed sports writer and editor of his own gay sports
blog, tackle.com. He tweets @dantickner.
SCARED Peter Tatchell
Peter is a human rights activist, renowned journalist, and director of
the Peter Tatchell Foundation. He tweets @PeterTatchell.
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These days it seems a
new sportsman comes
out on a weekly basis.
But still, football is
dogged by rampant
homophobia. Should gay
and bisexual players feel
comfortable to pursue
the beautiful game, or is
the pitch still an unsafe
place to be out?
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[01] Mixing drag performance art
with painful tales of androgyny and
gender dysphoria, Anthony and the
Johnsons I Am a Bird Now is truly
one of a kind.
[02] Le Tigres debut has been
preaching queer activism in gay
discos for 15 years. Just one of the
countless reasons we love the 90s.
[03] Smuggling gay innuendo
onto daytime radio and pissing
off the Beeb whats not to love
about Frankie Goes to Hollywoods
Welcome to the Pleasuredome?
[04] Classic pop aside, Madges
Like A Prayer included an insert to
promote safe sex and educate on the
AIDS epidemic, which was ravaging
the gay community at the time.
[05] Peaches rockier third album
Fatherfucker makes our list, if only
for the defiant call of I dont have
to make a choice, I like girls and I
like boys. Well, quite.
[06] Even before that touching
Grammys gesture, Macklemore
and Ryan Lewis were piping up in
support of gay marriage and taking
a much-needed swipe at hip-hop
homophobia with 2012s The Heist.
[07] Queer 70s NYC was brought
into the 21st century with Scissor
Sisters self-titled effort. But it wasnt
just party tunes Return to Oz
warned of the very real dangers of
crystal meth abuse.
[08] Have you ever tried it
that way? Suede asked on their
debut, inadvertently soundtracking
countless teens self-questioning of
their own sexualities...
[09] ...and then Bloc Party did it
all over again 14 years later with
the sexually-confused themes of A
Weekend in the City.
In 30 years of GT, weve
pumped countless gay
anthems through our
stereo. Caught up in the
glamour and glitz of the
Brits, weve compiled
our list of albums every
gay man should own
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[10] Frank Ocean became the
most high-profile rapper to ever
open up about his sexuality in
2012, and he did it through the
sublime Channel Orange.
[11] Its not just Its A Sin that
makes Pet Shop Boys Actually a
gay must-have. It Couldnt Happen
Here is a heartbreaking ode to one
of Neil Tennants friends, who died
after AIDS complications.
[12] Gossip wrote Standing in
the Way of Control to defy those
against gay marriage. They ruled
the indie queen scene with the
belting album of the same name.
[13] The ever-androgynous
Prince gave us gender-bending,
sex-soaked laments of unrequited
love with 1984s Purple Rain.
[14] Soft Cell not only became
techno pioneers with Non-Stop
Erotic Cabaret, they gave us an
important snapshot of the last days
of a pre-AIDS world.
[15] Love her or hate her, Lady
Gaga is one of the most outspoken
activists for LGBT rights. And
it all started with The Fame; an
undeniably brilliant pop record.
[16] Without question, Bronksi
Beat saved lives and changed
minds with The Age of Consent, the
first overtly-political gay album.
[17] A transexual rock and
roller looking for acceptance
and love; we reckon most can
relate to the cast recording of
Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
[18] Sylvester defied every
social convention just so he could
teach the world to dance with You
Make Me Feel (Mighty Real), taken
from his 1978 booty-shaker Step II.
[19] Untouchable when it comes
to same-sex love songs, Patrick
Wolf was thrust into the limelight
with The Magic Position. He swears
the title track isnt about sex. If only
we could believe him.
[20] Equal parts avant-garde
debauchery and commercial pop,
Rufus Wainwright became one of
the most important gay artists of
our generation with Poses.
[21] Against Me! defied the
heteronormative punk rock scene
with Transgender Dysphoria Blues,
a powerful telling of singer Laura
Jane Graces journey to becoming
a transgender woman.
[22] From I Am Hated For Loving
to Speedway, Morrisseys Vauxhall
and I summed up frustration over
sexuality like no other in the 90s,
with a few playful nods to his own
preferences along the way.
[23] Kate Bush created a vibrant,
colourful and imaginative world
with 1985s Hounds of Love; a
place where the oppressed could
escape. No wonder she has such an
unrivalled gay fan base.
[24] As well as helping them to
conquer the US, Culture Clubs
Colour By Numbers taught a
generation that gender is not just
as simple as boy and girl...
[25] ...while Boy George opened
up about his sexuality like never
before on Cheapness and Beauty,
mixing glam rock bangers with
chilling ballads.
[26] Patti Smith fought tooth
and nail with label bosses to
keep her moustache on the cover
of 1975s Horses. Its why shes still
an LGBT icon nearly 40 years later.
[27] Erasures The Innocents
is an album full of subliminal
messages in favour of LGBT rights.
Chains of Love, for example,
alluded to the bands desire for the
wider acceptance of gay couples.
[28] Cyndi Lauper exploded in
a sea of colour and catchy 80s pop
with Shes So Unusual. It was Gaga,
before Gaga, with ongoing LGBT
charity work to match.
[29] Made up of androgynous,
off-beat disco, Grace Jones brought
gay to the worlds stage with 1981s
Nightclubbing.
[30] No list would be complete
without the much-missed Freddie
Mercury. Not only an inspiration to
millions, but he wrote a timeless
ode to devotion, regardless of
gender, in Somebody to Love, from
Queens A Day at the Races.
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21 YEARS AGO
Issue 174, 1993
Pint-sized disco diva Lulu was back screaming for
independence on the cover. I want my independence, I want
my freedom, right now. Alright love, we heard ya! We also
looked at the difference between Brit and American pick-up
lines. Wanna fuck? ...I mean, Dyer come ere often?
31 YEARS AGO
Issue 15, 1983
A younger and hunkier Matthew Modine graced the
cover of our 80s baby sister Gay News for the critically
acclaimed movie Streamers. Keeping it classy (as if), we
explored promiscuous Piccadilly rent boys and randy
Russian gays.
10 YEARS AGO
Issue 306, 2004
Shopping and fucking we welcomed gay life on the
internet in style by exploring what men were doing most
while surfing the web. From weekends away to sex on the
beach; we gays took to the internet like a duck to water.
Some things never change, eh?
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Over 25 years,
Stonewall has
achieved more
than anyone could have hoped
for. Thanks to its work, we live
in a fairer, more equal society.
However, as a charity, Stonewall
faces justifiable criticisms for
some of its actions and policies,
and I believe that the departure
of its chief executive Ben
Summerskill will provide an
opportunity for change.
If you were to look at Stonewalls
self-congratulatory advertisements
after Parliament made same-sex
marriage legal, you would have
been forgiven for thinking that
the change in the law was all
Stonewalls idea. You would be
wrong though. In 2009, Summerskill
told PinkNews there are quite a
lot of gay and lesbian people who
wouldnt want marriage. Even
when we commissioned a poll that
showed 98% support for equal
marriage rights and secured the
support of Nick Clegg, David
Cameron and later Ed Miliband to
change the law, Summerskill said
that he would not be jumped into
declaring a position.
Then, following criticism
from founders Sir Ian McKellen
and Michael Cashman MEP,
Summerskill went on to claim that
Stonewall has never pretended
to be a democratic member
organisation. We have never said
we speak for all lesbian, gay and
bisexual people. The problem is
that, to many, Stonewall speaks for
all gay people, regardless of the
democratic deficit in its structure.
It needs to take account of what the
community actually thinks, wants
and needs if it is to be fit for purpose
in a post equal marriage Britain.
So, to help those who are taking
over, here are four ideas that I hope
Stonewall takes up:-
Become an LGBT organisation. Its
odd that in Scotland, where Stonewall
has a different boss, the charity fights
for trans rights too. In England and
Wales, Stonewall limits itself to LGB
issues. Perhaps its coincidence, but
trans campaigners say Scotlands
equal marriage bill is fairer to
trans people than the law passed in
England and Wales. Equally when
Stonewall works with English schools
on homophobic bullying, it ignores
what happens to trans children.
Work with others. Stonewall
needs to accept that it does not
have all the answers and should
work with others to achieve
shared aims. When we launched
the Out4Marriage social media
campaign for equal marriage,
supported by politicians and
celebrities like Hugh Grant and Sir
Richard Branson, Stonewall refused
to participate or help us resource it.
More than a year later, just before
the final vote, Stonewall launched
a replica campaign that was little
more than a damp squib. Equally,
when the Kaleidoscope Trust was
launched to fight for LGBT equality
overseas, rather than partnering,
Stonewall changed its charitable
purpose to include overseas
campaigns and compete for the
same donations.
Focus on Northern Ireland.
Stonewall positions itself as the
UKs gay charity but it does not
campaign for same-sex marriage in
Northern Ireland. Its odd that the
charity has started to campaign for
international issues before ensuring
equality across our own country.
The Northern Ireland community,
currently fighting for gay adoption
and to repeal the gay blood ban,
without Stonewalls help, could
really benefit from the resources of
a charity with a 4m annual budget
and around 3m in its bank reserves.
Realise that many LGBT people
work for small businesses. 14.4
million people in the UK work for
small and medium sized businesses,
yet Stonewall seems preoccupied
with major corporates and glitzy
champagne receptions for company
leaders. A new focus should be
given to improve and support LGBT
equality within businesses of all
sizes, perhaps through training
and support programmes for SMEs,
funded by the multi-billion pound
companies that are members of
Stonewalls Diversity Champions
scheme. Doing so
could improve life for
millions of people.
Stonewall
needs
to take
account of
what we
actually
think, want
and need
if it is to
be fit for
purpose
in a post
equal
marriage
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30 years after he
came out, GT talks
to Britains rst
openly gay and HIV-
positive Member of
Parliament
TODAY, OPENLY GAY MPS ARE
nothing unusual. There are
currently about 30 of them 6%
meaning youre as likely to find a
gay man in the Commons as you
are in the general population. But
three decades ago Westminster was
a very different place there were
no openly gay parliamentarians,
and there never had been. A poll
in 1984 found that more than half
the population didnt believe it was
acceptable for a gay person to
hold public office.
That was when Chris Smith
decided to change things. Elected
in 1983 as a fresh faced 32-year-old,
hed made it into Westminster by
a wafer thin majority of 363 votes.
But as he began his political career,
he found colleagues believed to
be gay facing constant intrusion by
tabloids, desperate to out an MP.
Id seen some of my
parliamentary colleagues being
hounded by the press, being
followed everywhere, having their
dustbins ransacked, he tells GT,
and I knew the only way to remove
that sort of press harassment was to
remove the story by being open
and upfront and honest about it. The
one big question was how and when
and where to do it.
It was after one year in
Parliament that the opportunity
to become Britains first openly
gay MP was to present itself.
Invited to speak to a pro-equality
rally in Rugby, he finally knew
the time had come. I remember
walking into the room where the
meeting was. It was about ten
minutes before I was due to speak,
and I remember thinking at that
moment, now is the time to do it.
The newly elected MP found
himself in front of an audience of
more than a thousand other LGBT
people, Labour Party members
and trade unionists. It was a spur
of the moment decision that I took
literally as I was walking into the
room, he recalls. For the next
ten minutes before I got up to
speak I was absolutely terrified.
This was something no one had
ever done before.
As the preceding speaker
wrapped up, Smith walked to the
microphone, every part of him
terrified. I can remember it vividly.
I stood up, and I began my speech:
My name is Chris Smith, I am the
Labour MP for Islington South and
Finsbury, and Im gay.
In that one sentence, he did what
no Member of Parliament had ever
done before, risking his own career
and reputation to make a point:
sexual orientation has no bearing on
a persons ability to do a job. The
entire room got up and gave me a
standing ovation the only standing
ovation in my life Ive had one
minute into a speech. That was that,
the die was cast.
The news was covered
extensively in Gay Times at the
time, while mainstream tabloids
ran a host of nasty stories in an
attempt to undermine him. But that
didnt bother the groundbreaker.
I began to get letters from all over
the country. I was getting letters
quite a lot of letters saying well
done, congratulations. There
were a lot that meant the most to
me, saying thank you, this has
made it easier for me.
Although many men wrote to
him to say thank you, the reality
for Chris Smith was that he was
still alone in parliament. It was
to be another 13 years and three
general elections before another
openly gay person was elected.
It felt a bit lonely at times.
But I had a lot of support from
fellow MPs, both straight and
gay. I remember one wonderful
moment standing in the queue
for a cup of tea at the Members
tea room, and Edwina Currie
came marching up to me, and in
a very loud voice that resounded
around the whole room, she
went: Chris! I hear youve come
out? Well done!
When Tony Blair became Prime
Minister, in 1997, he made the
north London MP the countrys
first openly gay Secretary of
State putting him in a prominent
position to reform anti-gay laws.
I can remember having a
number of conversations with him
[Tony Blair]. He was in absolutely
no doubt that it [gay rights] was the
right thing to do. His cautiousness
was should we be doing it now,
Chris? I hope I, and others, like
Michael Cashman and Waheed
Ali, collectively persuaded him
that we should.
But becoming Britains first
openly gay parliamentarian wasnt
to be his toughest challenge. In
2005, in a front page exclusive with
The Times, he became the first MP
to publicly acknowledge that he
was HIV-positive.
I was even more nervous than
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I had been back in 1984 about
coming out as gay. Largely
because health conditions are a
very private thing. It was a decision
to be honest about that, and a very
difficult one to take.
He had been diagnosed with
HIV in 1987, but kept the painful
discovery secret for almost 20
years. When I first found out I
was HIV-positive there werent
any medical responses to it. And I
thought Id been effectively given
notification of a death sentence.
Now, 25 years or so on, I look back
with relief that Ive managed to
survive all that.
For many years he had been
against discussing his status. But
after Nelson Mandela revealed how
his son had died of the disease, he
realised the difference speaking
out could make. At that point I
thought, well, perhaps what hes
taking about applies to me, not just
the people of South Africa.
The impact of Mandelas words
would soon come full circle. The
following morning after going
public about his status, Chris Smith
arrived to his parliament office to
a note: please ring Mr Mandela,
it read, with a phone number
scrawled below.
Chris recalls nervously punching
the number into his office phone,
unsure of what to expect on the
other end. The phone rang out for a
while. Then a deep, South African
accent answered. I stated who I
was, and he said: Ah yes, I want to
say congratulations, and thank you.
What youve done is very, very
brave and very good.
Mandela continued: I wanted
to get in touch to say how terrific
it is what youve done, and we do
need to combat a lot of myths about
HIV and AIDS. The pair spoke
for some ten minutes. We talked
about a whole range of things.
Work to combat HIV and AIDS in
Africa, what his foundation had
done, what he was doing, as well
as the fact of public figures being
open about their HIV status.
After decades of worry over what
effect going public would have on
his career, Smith said that Monday
morning call from Nelson Mandela,
then 87, vindicated the whole
experience. I thought as I put the
phone down, Ive absolutely done
the right thing.
Chris Smith now Baron Smith of
Finsbury marks 30 years since
he made LGBT history, as GT
celebrates 30 years in print. In the
modern, liberal Britain we enjoy
today, it can be easy to forget
those who took the very first steps
in the long walk to equality. Chris
Smith was one such trailblazer, not
just once, but twice. For that, he is
every bit a living hero.
BELOW CHRIS SMITH
TALKS TO GAY TIMES,
ABOUT COMING OUT
IN JANUARY 1985
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If you think that
One Direction are
ypaper for girls
and gays, then
you havent met
Kingsland Road.
The boyband that
was robbed of an
X Factor nals place
make 1D look like
eunuchs with their
sexploits. Here,
they reveal all to GT
about having wet
dreams over Sharon
Osbourne, boozing
with Little Mix and
recognising each
other in a penis
parade
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IN A WORLD WHERE EVERY GIRL
and boyband has been media trained to
the point where each word they utter has
been vetted, analysed and approved,
Kingsland Road are a godsend.
Because JJ Thompson, 22, Jay Scott, 19,
Josh Zare, 20, Joe Connor Conaboy,
19 and Matt Cahill, 23 all have a
refreshingly old-school approach to
interviews. They believe if theyre being
fake, then their collective 484,000
Twitter followers will see straight
through them. So instead, its honesty
all the way no matter what subject GT
throws at them in our sex issue.
Formed by college pals Connor and
Josh, they discovered the remaining
three boys on YouTube and put
Kingsland Road together. Months
later, they were standing nervously
in front of Gary Barlow, Nicole
Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and
Louis Walsh singing Dont You Worry
Child. Mentored by the overlord of
all boybands, Take Thats Gary, they
should have sailed through to the
finals. Instead, a poor choice of songs
by producers meant they were booted
out by week four.
Did you put the group together
specifically for The X Factor? Connor:
It never actually crossed our minds to
enter. Then the opportunity came along
and we thought it was too good to miss.
Josh: If anything, at the start we were
against it, because it wasnt the route we
wanted to take. Well, me and Thompson
werent fully on it at first.
Thompson: I wasnt sure because
Id auditioned for it previously and I
didnt want to do it again. We wanted
to see how far we could get off our
own backs. We were getting there
but we just needed that extra little
exposure a bit more of a push.
Josh: It was a case of lets do the first
audition and see what happens, but
we just kept getting through. And the
further we went, the more we wanted to
make it to the live shows.
Did you think you could win? Connor:
I dont think it ever crossed our minds
that we could; there were a lot of strong
contenders to win.
Matt: I think we could have gone
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further though.
Why didnt you? Connor: When its
a solo act, you have one person to
connect to. When there are five of you,
its harder. If wed had a couple more
weeks on our side, people might have
got to know us better.
Thompson: Its better to go out early and
have people question why than to go
when you were meant to go out.
Connor: The week before we left, one
hour before we performed, everything
got changed moves, the lyrics we
were singing, and the camera angles.
We just had to rise to it.
Josh: But we are so grateful for the
experience. Everyone knows what
theyre entering so its silly to come
out afterwards and complain. (The
producers) are going to change
things about you, and you have to
go with it and be grateful theyre
boosting your profile.
Whats your relationship with your
mentor Gary like now? Thompson:
We havent spoken to him since
before we left.
Connor: Hes a very professional guy,
hes there to do his job and hes clearly
very busy being Gary Barlow.
Josh: There were weeks when he went
away and did charity gigs and visited
Afghanistan and hes very much about
his work and family.
Connor: It wouldve been nice if hed
stayed in touch.
Josh: He always said we reminded him
of Take That and wanted to help us, and
we had a really good relationship with
him and we felt like he was one of the
band. I thought wed have heard from
him a bit more after.
Jay: After we left that night, I didnt
see him again. I cant remember
saying bye to him.
Thompson: But after we left we didnt
really hang around, we went out and got
wankered with Little Mix instead.
Union J havent exploded, The
Wanted split after flagging sales
and One Direction rule the roost.
Is there any room for Kingsland
Road? Josh: We have a great loyal
fan base, a good management team
behind us and were in the studio
with McFlys hit makers. And we have
Barry Manilow on our side!
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Matt: He contacted our management
and said he had a song for us. Hes
music royalty. But we know One
Direction have taken over.
Josh: People have tried to emulate
them and failed, but were going to be
ourselves. We all have different voices,
some of us rap so our sound is going to
be quite different to what other bands
do. But were not going to move away
from the pop element.
You all lived together in one flat
before X Factor what was that like?
Josh: We were eating, like, nothing.
We didnt have a telly; all we had for
entertainment was a ping-pong table
and a guitar.
Connor: The fridge was full of rice and
juice and a couple of beers because
we had no money.
Thompson: It was a choice either eat a
meal or get a bottle of vodka and go out
on a Friday night. The vodka won.
Josh: It had two bedrooms, and they
werent even beds, just mattresses on
the floor.
What if you wanted to bring back a
girl back? Josh: When youve had a
few drinks, your inhibitions go out the
window and you do it wherever.
Matt: Then everyone else has to figure
out what to do around you. Or you do
it in someone elses bed. We loved
doing it in Joshs bed. We made it a
thing - to bring a girl back and have
sex in his bed.
Thompson: Now we have two flats
weve made it!
Do you have the same taste in
women? Josh: No, just women in
general. We love them.
Connor: Two of us have slept with the
same girl, but at different times. I think
there might have been sloppy seconds.
Do girls hit on you a lot?
Thompson: They just all seem to
want to give you a blow job.
Connor: There was a girl who Josh
added on Twitter who was just filth. She
kept sending pictures of her fanny.
Josh: Yeah, there were pictures of her in
her pants with her legs spread. She was
like follow me and Ill suck you off.
Connor: Youd pay for the kind of
pictures she was sending.
Thompson: It ebbs and flows, but at
the minute its Josh who gets the most
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female attention.
Who would be better in bed, Nicole
Sherzinger or Sharon Osbourne?
All: Sharon Osbourne.
Jay: Actually, I think Nicole would
be better.
Josh: I had a wet dream about Sharon
once; Im always having wet dreams.
Connor: She has to deal with Ozzy
Osbourne, so I bet shes amazing
in bed.
Thompson: I reckon Nicole would ride
you like a little cowgirl.
What about gay attention?
Thompson: I get quite a lot.
Josh: He gives off a gay vibe so a lot
of men want him.
Thompson: Ill flirt with anyone; if
a guy doesnt give me attention Ill
wonder why.
Josh: Gay guys find Connor quite cute,
they see his blue eyes and think I
want to fuck him.
Thompson: They just want to bend him
over and have their way with him.
Who has the best body? All: Josh.
Thompson: If Josh wasnt in the band,
wed be a lot more comfortable with our
own bodies.
Connor: Hes that annoying bloke
who came out of the uterus with abs
and he hasnt worked on them, ever.
If the rest of us dont work out we get
chubby, but he doesnt.
Who spends the most time
manscaping? Connor: I trim my
pubes quite a lot and so does Josh. We
were having a house party once and
for some reason we were comparing
pubes and Jay showed us his I was
like what the fuck? It was literally an
Afro down there.
Thompson: He started showing them to
my sister; it got a bit weird.
Josh: It was like looking in a birds nest.
Who has the biggest cock? Josh: To be
fair, we havent seen each others erect,
but on the flop, its probably Thompson.
But weve all had good reviews.
Thompson: I think were all pretty
similar, there are only a couple of
millimetres in it.
In a line-up of just dicks, could you
identify whose cock belonged to
who? All: Yes.
Thompson (to Connor): Your dick is
quite brown though isnt it?
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Connor: No, mine would be the palest.
Jay: Isnt everyones dick darker than
the rest of their skin?
Josh: Matts circumcised so Id know his.
Jay: And Josh has quite stretchy balls
that get lower depending on his mood.
Thompson: They look like a flying
squirrel.
Josh: Sometimes you just have to let
them hang. Say I jump out a plane and
havent got a parachute, Id be sorted.
Whats the closest youve come to
having a gay experience? Connor:
Weve all kissed each other not
snogged but pecked on the lips.
Thompson: Sometimes when we get
a bit drunk, we get a bit silly and kiss
each other. Sometimes I just act drunk
so theyll kiss me.
Are you the most gay-friendly straight
band out there? Connor: I think so,
because were so comfortable with each
other. If I get a spot on my dick, Ill be
like Josh, take a look at this.
Matt: In the X Factor house, I was
trying to get to sleep and Josh put
a towel over his bed and started
masturbating behind it.
Josh: We all had wanks on those bunk
beds with each other in the room. Jay
was sleep wanking one night. And we
all bashed one out in the bathroom.
Connor: And the WiFi was so bad you
had to go downstairs to download the
porn, and then go upstairs to watch it.
Josh: I had a wet dream one night while
sleeping next to Connor.
Thompson: But things like that dont
even faze us now.
Josh: Weve had sex with girls while
the others guys are in the room.
Ive had a sneaky look but it was too
dark to see anything.
Sex aside, what are you up to next?
Josh: Were writing vigorously and
were still gigging, and weve made a
video for a cover of Ellie Gouldings
song Burn. It wont be out to buy,
just on YouTube, but its to keep
providing content for the fans. And
the rest of the time were just trying
to keep control of our sex addiction.
Two months of being trapped in the X
Factor have left us sex addicts.
Keep up to date with Kingsland Road on Twitter,
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For such a fierce lady, RuPaul is
a true gentleman.
A stalwart of entertainment
(gay or otherwise), RuPaul Andre
Charles is always a delight to
speak with. Charming, engaging
and brilliantly funny with his oh-so
infectious laugh.
Always up early as anyone
following him on Twitter will know
RuPaul has a full days work ahead
of him. Season six of his globally
popular reality talent show RuPauls
Drag Race is about to hit screens in
America (and the internet, less than
24 hours later). The soon-to-be-stars
of the show are releasing an album
of new interpretations of RuPauls
own musical back catalogue, The
Cover Girlz (produced by Ru
himself), plus theres his own tenth
studio album, Born Naked, coming
out on 25 February.
Busy drag queen indeed.
I like to stay busy, it keeps me out
of trouble he purrs. Were not
buying that for a second, of course.
Well no, the real trouble is
me talking in me head kinda
trouble, you know? he laughs.
If I stay busy it sort of drowns
the voices out
Quite unexpectedly, and with
no fanfare not even a Ooooh
girl, you got she-mail! the
entire five seasons of Drag
Race appeared on Netflix in the
UK in December. Finally, the
show (legally) reaches the UK
audience it so rightly deserves.
Yes. YES, he stresses.
Absolutely. I mean, the show is
such a natural for the UK. I never
understood that but hey, theres a
lot of things that dont really make
sense, but now its been rectified.
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Sex Freak (1985)
[Laughs] Confusing!
[Laughs] There
were a lot of
different ideas
going on there...
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RuPaul Is:
Starbooty! (1986)
Randy (Barbato)
and Fenton (Bailey)
- that`s who I work
with now here at
World of Wonder
they produced that
album. So when I
think of that album,
I think of Randy and
Fenton at World of
Wonder, and I`ve
been working with
them since then.
And that was '86...
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Supermodel of the
World (1993)
Breakthrough,
fnally. After years.
I`d been working
for 11 years in the
business and really,
you know, that was
my frst mainstream
exposure.
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Foxy Lady (1996)
Wow. Eurodance
and KTU. Because
I started working in
this morning drive
radio station, and I
tried to shape the
album into what
they were playing
at the station,
which was a lot
of La Bouche and
Eurodance.
----------
Ho, Ho, Ho (1997)
[Laughs] My living
room! [Laughs]
We, Michelle
Visage and I and
Joe Carrano, took
three days in my
living room and
recorded that, and
we had a blast.
And you can hear
it on the record. I
haven`t listened
to it in years, but I
remember listening
to it. It`s so much
fun you could hear
us laughing and
just having a great
time.
----------
Red Hot (2004)
The comeback.
Yeah, I`d stepped
away and I needed
to. In retrospect I`m
so glad I stepped
away from the
canvas. Everyone
should do that and
then come back.
It`s disjointed, the
album, but it was
honestly musically
where I fnally
found myself. I
fnally found my
own voice and that
album represents
me trying several
different voices
- but in the end I
found it.
----------
Starrbooty! (2007)
So much fun.
Ghettorifc.
Freaknik! That`s
what they have
over here, every
year. I had spent
my career being
the spokesperson
of Trans Am,
transporter,
trans anything.
And I decided,
rather than
being America`s
sweetheart, that
I didn`t have to
do it anymore.
I could go back
to my club roots,
and that was me
going back to my
club roots, without
having to make any
apologies. And I
love it.
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Champion (2009)
Now talk about
really fnding/hitting
my mark - this was
my real comeback.
This was my real
musical triumph,
because I found
a collaborator in
Lucian Piane who
we just... We ft. We
ft together, and he
and I write songs
that really express
what RuPaul is all
about.
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Glamazon (2011)
Superchic,
superstar. It`s
glistening and it`s
just pop with heart.
I love, love, love
that album.
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Born Naked (2014)
Well again,
of course, it`s
Lucian Piane, as
Glamazon and
Champion are. It`s
super pop, but it`s
actually got more
heart again. I get to
go back and reveal
a little bit more
each time, because
revealing too much
scares people. My
story with drag has
always been that I
wanted to do sort of
a Disney almost a
sanitised - version,
so that grandma
and grandpa
wouldn`t be scared
of me, and I could
actually get some
business done as a
businessman. But
once I hit a certain
place and re-
established myself,
then I could actually
reveal more of
myself, and I get
to do that again
on Born Naked -
which is why the
record is called
Born Naked.
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Ru doesnt seem too perturbed at
the lengths British fans previously
went to in order to see their
favourite show.
I love it. The show, as weve
talked about before, is really a
celebration of the art of drag, which
Ive always loved. Even as a kid I
loved it, so to have this show and
to have it SO revered around the
world, and kids in small villages
and towns around the world get to
see this, its so exciting.
He laughs hard when asked if he
thinks theres now a bit of a mix-up
between shade and people just
being bitchy.
Well theres always been that
mix up, but most people dont have
the kind of decorum or most people
cant tell the difference between
black and white basically. I love
Judge Judy and people always say
oh shes mean but its like, actually
shes not mean, what she is is shes
very direct and she doesnt take
any shit, so people do broad strokes
and say shes mean. It always
bothered me when people would
say this ones a diva or that ones
a supermodel. Actually the real
definition of diva or supermodel,
the people that are saying that dont
really know what that really means
because, he adopts a brilliant old
voice, in my day supermodel
meant you did runway, you had
editorial work and you had contracts
with companies, as in advertising
contracts, thats why they called it a
supermodel. But now everybodys a
fucking supermodel.
And theres the T.
But anyway, we digress. My
point is those lines get blurred as
time goes on and as there are more
blogs. and people take liberties,
those lines get really blurred.
Talking of divas having just
appeared with Lady Gaga on her
Thanksgiving Muppet special,
why didnt she get to work with
Miss Piggy?
Initially the scene I was in was
going to be Gaga and Miss Piggy,
but at the last minute it got switched
to me doing the song [Fashion]. I
think we were always going to do a
song I didnt know what song we
were going to do, but it was going
to involve Miss Piggy, but it got
changed
Surely Ru and Piggy have worked
together before?
I have not. I have not. But I have
always loved Frank Oz who had
been Piggy for years. I dont think
hes Piggy anymore, but hes a
fantastic director and hes also
Yoda in the Star Wars movies. But
I gotta tell you I dont wanna get
choked up talking about it but the
day that Jim Henson died, which
was, by the way, the same day that
Sammy Davis Jr died I loved both
of them but it took me so long to
recover from Jim Henson dying,
because I loved him so much.
And now were getting a bit
emotional. Because what Jim
Henson did goes beyond just The
Muppets...
Absolutely, Ru agrees. Like a
designer. Like Yves Saint Laurent.
Or Steve Jobs, who created a whole
language, a whole dialogue, a
whole aesthetic that cuts really
deep into our cores.
So this obviously means that
Miss Piggys going to make an
appearance as a judge on Drag
Race? Ru laughs REALLY hard.
You know I would love that. I.
Would. LOVE. That. But our show is
still very subversive. Us gay folks
have always been WAY ahead of
the curve and it takes a long time
for Betty and Joe Beercan to catch
up to what were doing. So for that
kind of mainstream it may take a
couple of years for Piggy to get on
the judges panel. But maybe not too
many years. Things are changing
very fast.
Of course, the other (less
porcine) person thats been vocal
about appearing on the show is Ms
Gaga herself...
Shes wants to do it, Ru
explains, but you know what her
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schedule is like. You know shes
a big fan of the show, she had
tonnes of suggestion for what she
wanted to do on the show and Im
like yeah, yeah, yeah put your
money where your mouth is. I
know shes got a tour coming up
and it really has to do with if shes
in this part of the world when were
doing our show.
Enough of potential judges
bring back her girls! Has it been a
surprise that so many of the Drag
Race contestants have ended up
making music?
No. No, no. I taught them and
theyve used my career as a
template that you brand yourself
and you have to dip your toes in
lots of different waters and see
which one sticks. Because in
todays world, with social media
and everybody all up in your
business, you have to service
your audience, you have to have
lots of different meals. Its like a
tapas bar, you have lots of little
appetisers and things to keep
people interested because theres
so much out there that its very
easy for people to forget about
you. So I tell them all to do music,
write books, endorse products, go
and think of something new, have
a blog, do your social media, but
you have to be out there. You have
to keep that brand alive.
Speaking of which, with RuPaul
currently a make-up line and
fragrance, and formerly a shoe line
and doll is there anything left to
do? He laughs hard again.
Well, its funny that you say
that.
Amazing.
Actually as you called Ive just
been drafting a letter to Matthew my
collaborator about this chocolate
bar thats coming out, he laughs
for a brilliantly long time. And its
gorgeous. Cadburys will probably
block us in the UK.
RuPaul`s Drag Race is available on Netfix. The
Cover Girlz is out now on iTunes, Born Naked is
released 25 February, rupaul.com, @rupaul
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We asked 1,000 of you
lot, our readers, to tell
us all about your sex
lives. And boy, did you
deliver. Now the results
are in, and we enlisted
our very own sexperts
to cast their wandering
eyes over the bedroom
habits of the modern
gay man
WORDS BENJAMIN BUTTERWORTH
SEX
SURVEY
2014
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Sex. It seems just about all of us are at it. And most
of us are doing it at least weekly. We dont always know
exactly who were doing it with, mind. And lots of it is
happening on the first date These are just some of the
findings from GTs biggest-ever sex survey.
This year marks GTs 30th anniversary, and a lot has
changed for gay and bisexual mens sex lives in that
time. Gay sex was a taboo in 1984. Few people spoke
about it and, if they did, it was probably in a negative
context. Back then you were more likely to try and get
your kicks from a backstreet bar in the city or a, ahem,
secluded meeting ground.
The gay scene now is unrecognisable from that time.
Guys are now more likely to say the biggest problem
with gay bars is the number of straight people
wanting to get in on the action than the number of
homophobes wanting to shut them down. Those who
have found love can now even get married. But now that
weve won that fight, does that mean weve got lifetimes
of repetitive sex ahead?
One thousand men filled in our 40 question survey,
all anonymously; 92.7% said they identify as gay, while
6.1% said they were either bisexual or bi-curious; 1.2%
of respondents said theyd slept with men, but consider
themselves to be straight, or are unsure. The vast majority
some two thirds were under 35. Only three readers
who dished all were over 75 we salute you all!
But this massive survey wasnt to fulfill our own
voyeuristic fantasies (well, maybe a little bit). Its so we
can build a comprehensive picture of gay sex as part of
our busy modern lives. When GT last conducted a sex
survey, Grindr hadnt even been invented. Now most gay
men have at least one GPS based dating app on their
phones and, well, its led to us having lots more sex.
There have been serious implications from this
change in lifestyle, though. The number of men living
with HIV is at its highest in history. One in 650 adults
are HIV positive among the wider UK population. But
that figure rises to an astonishing one in 20 among
gay and bisexual men, and as much as one in seven in
London and Brighton.
Its clear something has changed. So now, GT is going
to reveal the bare facts about your sex lives. How youre
having it, what youre getting from it, who youre having
it with and if you even know their name
Our sexperts
Benedict Garrett
Sexual health campaigner
and former porn actor
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Deborah Jack
Chief executive for the
National AIDS Trust
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Hard to believe? Well, our survey found that:
7.4% have slept with between 100 and 199 men
6.7% with between 200 and 499, and a very keen
3.9% have bedded more than 500 men. That makes a
grand total of 18%. Youve been busy boys, havent you?
1
IN
5
have slept with 100+ men
Benedict says: None of us can really
make any moral or value judgments about
this behaviour. Its personal choice. As
someone who has slept with well over 100
people, regularly attends a sexual health clinic and never
once been tested positive for any STI, I cannot praise
enough the services of the GUM clinics up and down this
land. If you have never been, get booked at one now!
TOP 20%
BOTTOM 26%
VERSATILE 49%
20% The number of men who said they exclusively
play a dominant role (top) in the bedroom. 26%
said they were a bottom, while just short of half
495 respondents are happy performing both roles.
70%
have casual sex
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1
IN
10
dont know their HIV status
Deborah says: Its very worrying that so
many gay men are unaware of their HIV
status. It is recommended that sexually
active gay and bisexual men test at least
annually or every three months if having unprotected
sex with new or casual partners. For so many to be in
the dark, it indicates that this is just not happening.
Its the people who dont know their status that are
unwittingly passing on HIV we know the majority of
new transmissions originate from people who dont
know they have the virus. Especially as when you newly
acquire HIV youre at your most infectious. Knowing
you have HIV means you can start treatment which will
prolong your health and your life. Being diagnosed late
could mean you get very ill and youre more likely to
pass it on to others.
Benedict says: Cruising for sex is what
men, gay or straight, do every Saturday
night in any nightclub or bar across the
country. The fact we can now download an
app that spells this out and enables us to hunt down and
pin-point our prey to within a few metres is a far more
direct route to the task. At the very least, it cuts out all
the crap and game playing. It has revolutionised the
way we interact and encounter our fellow human beings
and brought cruising to a new wave of people who may
be wary of doing so within the more public realm of a
club. While the hardcore cruisers will still use the clubs
to flirt and pick-up their chosen conquest, more and
more of us are using the tool in our pocket (not the one
between our legs) to initiate.
HIV NEGATIVE 82%
7.2% of respondents said they were HIV positive,
while more than 10% admitted to not knowing
their status meaning more men didnt know if
they had HIV, than knew they were positive. 821
out of 1,000 people said they were negative.
HIV POSITIVE 7.2%
DONT KNOW STATUS 10%
Casual sex
1/5 say casual sex is a regular
occurrence for them.
Almost 50% have been
dogging, cottaging, used a
glory hole, or had another form
of anonymous sex.
43% said theyve had anon
sex at least once, while 1/10
said they frequently have sex
with strangers.
69% cruise for sex.
Whether its on a dating
website or while out
clubbing, the overwhelming
majority are seeking out
sex, although most of you
are arranging your hook
ups through phone apps.
Dating
Just short of 81% said they
were willing to put out on
date one, while a further 6%
said its a waste if I dont.
That left a lowly 13% who
told us they keep their ies
rmly zipped up and their
belts fastened until at least
the second meet.
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WATCH PORN 98.7%
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1
IN
3
watch porn every day
Basically everyone watches porn. This isnt the
shock of the century, and we can only assume the
other 1.3% have got so much action going on they
dont need any extra stimulation. 1/3 watch porn
daily. Oh boy, its no wonder there are more than
220 million results if you Google gay porn. 1/10
of those surveyed watch porn more than once a day.
Benedict says: I spend much of my
life defending the right of pornography
to exist. We are all far more able,
and confident, to explore our sexual
fantasies through porn and the internet. Pornography
is no longer the domain of a few dirty old men in
trench coats slipping into blackened-out shops in
Soho: theres something for all of us out there.
We are able to regulate what we watch, how often
we watch it and how we let it affect our sex lives.
Most of us are also able to recognise that, like
any form of entertainment, porn is not a always a
reflection of reality. Albeit one that can inspire us into
experimenting with our own sexualities.
Benedict says: Technology and sex
have always been inextricably linked.
The moment cameras were invented
they were almost immediately used to
take pictures of the naked form. Even the die-hard
feminist, Gail Dines, recognises that porn drives
technological developments. As this survey reveals,
were almost all watching pornography, so it makes
sense that many of us might like to give it a go.
While it can be a fun and enjoyable thing to explore,
particularly for couples wishing to spice up their sex
lives, always ensure you are doing it with the express
knowledge of your partner!
Most men have
made a sex video
With smart phones and XTube, it`s now easier than ever to take a shot of you
shooting. But be careful what you do with it - who knows where it`ll end up?
1/3 gay men have slept
with a woman.
30% have indulged in an
orgy of more than ve guys.
1/2 have had sex in
their workplace or where
they study.
38% admitted to visiting
saunas for sex.
51%
admit cheating
A quarter of men
said they`ve cheated
a few times; 5%
admitted to doing
it frequently. 12
rascals said they
have cheated in
every relationship
they`ve had. A third
even confessed to
sleeping with
a friend`s boyfriend.
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2/3 LIKE SEX IN PUBLIC
Whether its in the woods, a field, the local
supermarket, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace You lot have
had sex in some intriguing places, thats for sure. The
most popular outside locations were cars and car parks,
followed by toilets and locker rooms. Also mentioned
Deborah says: Condoms remain the
best way to protect yourself from HIV
and other STIs. However, its clear that
some men do struggle to consistently
use condoms. Therefore its important to look at
what other prevention options could work alongside
condoms. PrEP, a daily HIV regime you can take to
avoid getting HIV, is currently being trialled in the
UK this could be one option for men who dont want
to or cant use condoms. There are correlating factors
which make people more likely to have unsafe sex
including drink and drugs, depression and low self-
esteem. Are there enough services tailored to gay
mens substance misuse and mental health needs?
Are we doing enough to tackle low self-esteem among
gay men and giving them the education at school to
know enough to look after themselves and others? The
answer to these questions is probably no.
Most men have
had bareback
casual sex
When asked Have you ever had bareback casual or anonymous sex?,
57.4% of you said you had. A third of you have done it bareback with
guys you weren`t dating on more than one occasion. 1/10 of you said you
frequently or always go without a condom when with an unknown.
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IN A PORTALOO 2
A TESCO TROLLEY 1
WHILE ELEPHANT TREKKING 1
ON THE BUS 11
MOUNTAIN TOP 7
IN MCDONALDS 4
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We might not admit them to our grandma, or even to
many of our friends, but the GT Sex Survey found some
apparently out there fetishes are really quite popular
2/3 Sex in public, underwear
1/2 Uniforms
1/3 Tattoos, voyeurism, water sports
1/4 S&M, leather
1/5 Wrestling, sting
3/4 Fantasies about exes
It can be hard to move on, especially if they were
particularly good in the sack. Half of guys said
theyve thought about their ex getting it on numerous
times. 14 men said they think about an ex boyfriends
bedroom skills daily. Those guys must have been
pretty damn good.
Anyone whos been on a porn site (which is 98% of
you, we now know) will have seen the popularity of the
Daddy. With most of our respondents under 35, there
must be a fair few 40-somethings wandering around
with a cheeky smile. Clearly Tom Daley is a trend-setter.
Benedict says: While some fine wines
do mature with age, there are those that
go off. But like most things in life, there
are no hard and fast rules. Bearing in mind
the fact that the UK has the highest teen pregnancy rate
in Europe fathers arent actually so much older than
their off-spring. Theres also an increasing trend among
men to take greater pride in their appearance or, as
some term it, metrosexualism plus improvements
in cosmetic treatment. Not to mention, of course, the
clich that age is just a number and youre just as
young as the man you feel
1
IN
3
have slept with a guy as
old as their dad
49%
dont care about
penis size
A lot of men worry
about their bulge
below the belt, but
half said size isn`t
something they care
about. 5% said they
prefer them smaller.
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1ST CLEAN CUT 57.57%
563 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
6TH HIPSTER 29.55%
289 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
11TH MUSCLE MARY 16.16%
158 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
2ND JOCKS

53.78%
526 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
7TH DILF

27.91%
273 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
12TH CHUB 4.09%
40 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
3RD TWINK 43.87%
429 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
8TH OTTER 26.89%
263 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
13TH QUEENS

3.27%
32 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
4TH GEEK

39.47%
386 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
9TH BEAR 24.03%
235 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
14TH TRANS

1.33%
13 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
5TH RUGGED

36.50%
357 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
10TH CUB

20.65%
202 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
15TH WALRUS

0.92%
9 RESPONDENTS EXPRESSED A PREFERENCE
978 OUT OF 1,000
RESPONDED
TO THIS QUESTION WHAT TYPES DO YOU GUYS GO FOR?
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WORDS BENJAMIN BUTTERWORTH
ARE YOU
ADDICTED
TO SEX?
67 gaytimes.co.uk
When does
a drunken
fumble or one-
night stand
go from being
a bit of fun,
to a serious
health issue?
Sex addiction is probably more
associated with Russell Brand
and rich Hollywood celebs than
it is with your average gay guy.
But as many as one in ten men are
thought to have addiction issues
in their sex lives, with the surge of
free-to-view porn and sex surfing
websites making thrills
easier than ever.
Its no secret that most
of us enjoy sex; its a
necessary release that
we cant go too long without.
But where do we draw the line from
enjoying a healthy, regular sex life,
to feeling like we need it just to get
by? The truth is, people relying on
sex is hugely on the rise.
These issues have really
exploded, because its all
become so easy, says Rob Watt,
a psychotherapist whose Harley
Street practice sees sex addicts
on a daily basis. One of the
leading experts, Patrick Carney,
said about ten years ago that a
tsunami is coming and now its
certainly landed.
The internet has had a huge
effect. It used to be that porn was
a magazine under the bed, but
now the level of exposure and
the availability of sex has driven
it out of all proportion. More
than a quarter of men now watch
porn during work hours, with a
constant need for sexual fulfilment
becoming an accepted part of
modern life. Phone sex apps make
it as easy to find another man to
sleep with as it is to change the TV
channel.
Both with porn, continues
Rob, and with the availability
of anonymous sex, its taken the
problem to a whole new level.
Theres an element of social and
recreational activities that are
available to urban gay men that
reinforces the use of drink and
drugs and the pursuit of the perfect
body and sex addiction.
Its no breaking news that we
men who have sex with men tend
to get our rocks off more often
than heterosexual counterparts.
But the sense of shame that many
gay teens experience can end up
manifesting itself in compulsive
sexual behaviours as an adult
recreating that same sense of
adolescent shame.
In response to the repression
and abuse of gay men over the
years, theres this urban culture
that encourages a range of sexual
freedoms, Rob explains. Its
these exact sexual freedoms the
counter culture of shame-based
homophobic culture that is more
of a camouflage: it locks them in. It
makes gay male sex addicts can be
more difficult to recognise.
The barriers which would usually
confront heterosexual sex addicts
marriage, children, the expectation
of monogamy dont occur for many
gay men, leaving issues of sex
addiction to spiral in their absence.
This was the experience
of Anthony*, whose sexual
behaviour took a turn for the
worse after he started partying on
Londons gay scene.
Nothing about it seemed that
wrong. My mates would usually be
doing the same sort of thing going
out, getting pissed and going home
with a guy. But it started to become
more of a need than a bit of fun. It
was like I couldnt go a day without
a random shag. Grindr was a joke
initially. But then I found myself on
s
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it first thing in the morning, during
my breaks at work, every evening. It
was really compulsive and habitual.
Anthony originally moved to
London for work, and considered
his sexual behaviour stable after
three years living away from home
studying in Wales.
Id had a few partners at uni, he
says, but it wasnt like there were
endless reams of guys to get off with
there, so it never became an issue.
But London was like being let out
in a sweet shop. There are so many
guys. Fit guys. Like, I really wanted
them, and basically agreed to take
any of the fit ones that would have
me while I still could.
There was one week well, two
weeks just before Christmas, and I
slept with ten guys in ten days. Most
of them were really fucking fit, and I
wasnt ashamed. But with hindsight,
it broke down the barrier in my
mind of what was acceptable.
Now a couple of guys every
weekend isnt just the norm,
its what I need, I think, to feel
attractive.
Sex addiction manifests itself
in three main areas: opportunity,
attachment and trauma. Trauma is
the most common trigger among
gay men, as sex becomes a coping
strategy for earlier childhood
bullying and insecurities. I was
an outsider at school, continues
Anthony. I was quite camp Im
actually a lot less camp as an adult
and I had some bad issues at home.
I never had friends until about 15 or
16. The idea of someone fancying
me was a joke. One people made
regularly.
But when I realised I could walk
into a gay club and pick up a guy, it
was like I had so much to make up
for. Each random shag is a fuck you
to the school bullies, really.
For an addict, sex can become
a form of self-harm, using it
to act out and inflict shame on
themselves for other flaws.
What it does is reaffirm a set of
messages and distorted thinking
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that has been set from childhood,
Rob Watt explains. No matter how
successfully he may have worked
through his negative feelings
around being gay, he still feels
ashamed of sexually acting out.
One of Robs previous clients is
Luke Bozier. Luke was a success
story: a married father to two,
working as an adviser to Prime
Minister Tony Blair and residing in
a plush central London home. But
he had a secret he was addicted
to sex, and would spend up to five
hours every day masturbating.
It goes back to when I was
about 12 or 13, when I first got the
internet at home, and it became a
compulsive habit for me early on.
Whenever mum was out of
the house I would go on
and use it for hours. I didnt
realise at the time, but it was
addictive. It was compulsive.
He married his first wife at
just 19, and the couple had two
children together. At the time it
looked like loves young dream.
But the compulsive sexual
habits of puberty soon came to
haunt him, as he strayed from
his wife with other women and,
eventually, other men too.
The tipping point was going
to meet a guy in Vauxhall, and
doing whatever. It was such risky
behaviour, and it came to a point
where there was nothing I could
do to stop it. It was like: I need
to let go and get all of this off
my chest. But then it became a
horrible spiral.
Casual sex is a normal part of
many mens lives. But for Luke, the
pursuit of random sex with men
wasnt for pleasure it often wasnt
very pleasurable but instead out of
emotional compulsion.
Men were just much easier. This
was part of the draw for me, you
know, it was always much easier to
find men for sex than women.
Lukes sex addiction spiralled
out of control, until he was unable
to work properly or go out in the
evenings.
The worst point was last year. I
would spend, on an average day,
four or five hours from waking up
watching pornography, then by
the middle of the afternoon I would
be completely bloody exhausted
and miserable.
If you masturbate for four or five
hours, it hurts. There was a point
where Id masturbated so much I
couldnt walk. I was in so much pain.
I wasnt able to go out in an evening.
It was real, physical pain.
Professor Gert Holstege, a Dutch
neuroscientist who specialises in
sexuality, has claimed porn is a
gateway drug to sex addiction.
Holstege claims the effect on the
body of ejaculation is similar to that
of a heroin injection one of the
most fatal, addictive drugs going.
With sex addiction its very
complicated. Its not necessarily
about not having sex. Its about how
often youre having sex and why
youre having it, Luke says.
For Luke, it was Sex Addicts
Anonymous, that helped him find
reconciliation. Their 12-step plan
aided him to health by discussing
the realities of sex addiction
openly with like-minded others.
But sex remains a worry for him.
You can be addicted to anything,
but sex is powerful. Society claims
to be advanced and liberal, but we
still dont know enough about sex
and why we do it. Some of us are
doing it even though it makes us
unhappy. Thats the reality.
*Some names have been changed by request
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The effect on the body
of ejaculation is
similar to that of a
heroin injection one
of the most fatal,
addictive drugs going
5
signs of sex
addiction
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[01]
You use sex to
overcome or forget
issues
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[02]
Sex leaves you
feeling empty, at
or guilty
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[03]
You cant perform
work or social
functions for the need
to get sexual thrills
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[04]
You visit porn sites
compulsively, rather
than exclusively for
pleasure
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[05]
You nd yourself
prioritising sex over
all other aspects of
your life
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For more information or advice on sex
addiction, visit saa-recovery.org or
robwattlondontherapy.co.uk. To purchase
Luke Bozier`s book, Don`t Bite the Apple,
visit dontbiteit.com
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WORDS JOHN MARRS IMAGES ISTOCKPHOTO / APPLE INC / LUKE BENJAMIN
Its never been easier
to take a naked
selfie on your phone
and send it to a
prospective partner.
But what if that photo
ends up in the wrong
hands? GT discovers
why those spur
of the moment
cheeky pictures
could land you in
long-term trouble
SNAP
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Hi.
Hi.
How r u?
Good thanks. What u up 2?
Nothing much. Bored n horny.
Same. Got any pics?
Its how most conversations on
Grindr and other dating apps
begin. The cautious will send a
couple of head shots, maybe even
a bare torso if theyre feeling
brave. But when were bored and
feeling fruity, within ten minutes of
chatting, a total stranger will know
exactly what your cock looks like
before hes even decided if hes
going to meet you.
Sending naked pictures via
any social media platform is
de rigueur for many gay men
of all ages, and has become
an obligatory way to woo. But
that quick decision to unleash
your kraken could see it remain
online for the rest of your life.
And in an age where social
network platforms are being
used by prospective employers
as a common background check,
your naked selfies could come
back to bite you on the arse
youve just bared.
The internets memory is vast,
warns Matthew Hodson of gay mens
health charity GMFA. You never
know when that embarrassing shot
may resurface and scupper a job
interview or romantic relationship.
Its the kind of thing that you can do
in haste but repent at leisure.
In December last year, Mark
Shenton, chief theatre critic of
the Sunday Express newspaper,
claimed he was sacked after bosses
discovered naked pictures of him
on a gay website. He says the photos
were 22-years-old and with the
exception of a thumbnail picture of
him shirtless, all his naked pictures
were hidden behind a paywall.
The paper had been tipped off
by a malicious third party that
there were some private, personal
(but entirely legal) images of me
available on a gay website, Mark
wrote later on his blog. Id never
seen or heard of the site myself so it
was news to me.
People would have to go looking
for them. The Sunday Expresss
Head of HR believes that the
existence of any such images could
bring the company into disrepute.
But Im not embarrassed at all.
There are hundreds of Tumblr
microsites dedicated to the gay and
straight nudies. But not everyone is
who they claim to be. Michael*, 36,
admits he trawls apps like Manhunt
and Grindr with false profiles,
sending out naked pictures that
claim to be of him, to gather, save
and place on his blog.
Ive got a set of pictures a guy
sent me on Grindr, starting off
clothed and then pretty explicit,
he explains. I pretend they are
of me to encourage other people
to send me their photos. Ive got
more than 500 pics of other guys
now. About three quarters of them
include their faces, so theyre easily
recognisable.
One of the guys who messaged
me, I actually knew hes a teacher
at my nephews school, but he was
quite happy to send me pictures of
him with an erection and using a
dildo. They could have ruined his
career. I didnt put them on my blog
though, but God knows how many
others he sent them to. I told him I
knew who he was, what he did for
a living and to be more careful. I
Know Your Rights
What are your
rights when other
people use your
pictures? GT asks
Chris Ashford,
Professor of Law
and Society, School
of Law, Faculty of
Business and Law
at Northumbria
University. He
and Dr Kevin
Brown (Newcastle
University) recently
received funding
to work on a small
project examining
perceptions of
privacy on Grindr
and similar gay
networking apps
----------
Ive sent a naked picture
of myself to someone and
now theyre sending it to
others. Where do I stand
legally? Assuming youre
aged over 18, you dont have
rights if someone else chooses
to distribute an image of you
naked. As soon as you put
any photograph naked or
otherwise out there, you
never know where it will end
up. Over time, privacy rights
may evolve in this area.
----------
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never saw him online again.
When Snapchat launched in
2011, its creators Evan Spiegel and
Bobby Murphy underlined how
important it was that the images
people share disappear. It wasnt
long before users worked out how
to capture pictures theyd been
sent. Then the app Snap Save was
created to make a record of a
picture youve sent or received.
And website snapchatleaked.com
allows anyone to post Snapchat
pictures theyve been sent.
I cant think how many times
Ive sent pictures of me with no
clothes on, says Snapchat fan
Greg Jones. Its just how the gay
dating world works now. You see
a lad you fancy, send him a knob
shot, wait for him to send his, and
if you like what you see, meet up.
Ive honestly never thought about
the consequences and whether
the pictures will be saved, sent or
seen by other people.
But Gaydar Mobile user Russell*
soon regretted sending his naked
snaps out willy-nilly without getting
to know his fellow recipient first.
He asked me to send some pics,
and I told him only after he sent me
his first. I was pretty shocked when
he sent me four pictures of myself
and tried to pass them off as him!
Whoever Id sent mine to before,
hed got hold of, cropped my head
off and pretended it was him. It was
the first time I realised just how
pictures can do the rounds.
Naked pictures, flippant Facebook
posts and tawdry Tweets could
end up landing you in hot water
when it comes to employment.
One in five bosses admit theyve
turned down a job application
because of applicants profiles on
social networking sites. According
to an annual study by Eurocom
Worldwide with UK PR agency
partner Six Degrees, almost 40%
of respondents companies look at
potential employees profiles on
social media sites.
The 21st-century human is
learning that every action leaves
an indelible digital trail, says
Mads Christensen of EW. In
the years ahead, many of us
will be challenged by what we
are making public in various
social forums today. One in five
applicants disqualify themselves
from an interview because of
content in the social media sphere
is a warning to job seekers.
However, celebrities caught on
camera rarely find it a hindrance
to their careers. Ex-TOWIE star
Kirk Norcross brushed off webcam
pictures of him smoking and
wanking with a Tweet saying:
Cooooome oooonnn guys we
have all done it Im just the stupid
one that got caught! In 2003,
gay MP Chris Bryants Gaydar
profile pictures of him in his pants
made front page news in The Sun.
After a sex tape of Tom Daleys
screenwriter boyfriend Dustin
Lance Black having sex with an
ex leaked in 2009, he said: It
is unfortunate that individuals
are trying to profit from material
which is clearly private. And a 53
second clip allegedly of gay actor
Cheyenne Jackson masturbating
circled the internet late last year.
While embarrassing, none of these
exposes caused lasting damage.
The now-suspended Twitter
account @celebritybust posted
pictures it claimed were of Lucien
Laviscount, Stuart Manning, Philip
If my boss discovers naked
pictures of me online, can
he sack me? You havent
committed an offence, however,
an employer might deem
such images could bring an
organisation into disrepute, ie,
if people see those images, they
might gain a negative impression
of your employer and they might
then take disciplinary action
against you. This is unlikely
to affect most jobs but, should
you work for a national pizza
chain, you may wish to re-
think any amateur recreation
of a porn-inspired fast food
delivery. Check your contract
of employment for any specific
provisions relating to conduct.
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Now that prospective
employers search your
Facebook and Twitter posts,
what advice would you give?
People make judgments based
on a snapshot of your life as you
present it online. Think about
how youre presenting yourself.
Ensure your Facebook page
privacy settings are amended to
stop your profile being viewable
by the whole world, and you
lock your Twitter account to
ensure only followers can view
your tweets. Assume potential
employers will be looking at
your online presence.
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Olivier, Olympic diver Nick Baker
and others, naked in selfies and
images captured from Skype chats.
But naked selfies arent always
just posted for sexual gratification,
says Matthew Hodson. Tweeting or
Snapchatting photos of yourself is a
great way to get positive feedback
from strangers without necessarily
having to have abs or muscles,
he explains. And if you do have a
six-pack to die for then its hardly
surprising if you want the world
to appreciate your hard work. Its
superficial, of course.
Sometimes gay men are made
to feel they are outside the norm,
because we grow up in a world
where its generally assumed all
people are heterosexual until
proven otherwise. Feeling like
were looking at society from the
outside can lead some gay men to
adopt a fuck it! attitude to social
conventions. That may result in
being more likely to take drugs or
get involved in extreme sex scenes.
In that context, tweeting a picture
of your cock may not be the most
harmful thing that you can do.
But dont send a picture of your
cock to someone if you want them to
love you for your sunny disposition
or kindness to animals. And if
youre going to tweet a pic of your
cock, or even just your naked torso,
dont include your face. That way
you can always deny it.
* Names have been changed on request
You never know when
that embarrassing
shot may resurface
and scupper a job
interview or romantic
relationship. Its the
kind of thing that you
can do in haste but
repent at leisure
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MEET THE
HOME
WRECKER
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How much do
you trust your
boyfriend?
Remember,
alls fair in sex
and war
Engagements are always a
time for celebration, arent they?
Champagne corks popping,
streamers, and insincere well-
wishing from people whose
biological clocks have just been
shaken into the forefront of their
consciousness. Well, this was one
of those times.
The, ahem, happy couple lets
call them John and James are
surrounded by friends, coincidently
in the same middle-of-the-road
cocktail bar Im nursing a
poorly-mixed Manhattan.
There are handshakes,
slaps on the back and
cooing half-promises
about ceremonies and the
like. I decide its time to make a
commemorative gesture of my own.
I finish my drink and walk
over, placing my hand in James.
Hes actually quite attractive;
tall, strapping, with brown locks
cascading alongside a relatively-
defined jawline. And then the
same to John, whos definitely
punching above his weight. But the
second I notice his now-fiancs
attention has been diverted,
I squeeze his hand somewhat
forcefully and draw him in close.
I suppose for your wedding gift,
I could just not tell him about us, I
say, coldly. I draw back and release
his grip, as he looks me in the eyes
and nods. Slowly. His face has set
into an expression of panic, and
he glances over to James, terrified
he may have overheard the whole
thing. He hasnt. Where would the
fun be in that?
Lets rewind. Around 48 hours
before this tantalising moment,
the two grooms-to-be were in
some horribly-clichd European
capital, with James on bended
knee before John asking for his
hand in marriage. But another 48
hours before that, John was on
his knees in my apartment; his
mouth wrapped around my cock.
After that, I bent over my black
leather sofa and fucked him, before
sending him back to James waiting
arms, whod been confined to
an evening of solitary fulfilment
because John was working late.
I assume he was running through
the forthcoming feeble proposal in
his head. To love and to cherish till
death do us part, right?
At this point, I assume youre
thinking of me as a grade A cock.
And, while youre probably
expecting some banal it takes two
to tango excuse, let me assure
you that Im absolutely fine with
your narrow-minded perception.
You see, while some people get
off on being tied up, whipped, or
somehow having a fist slide inside
of them, I get off on something a
little different. Power.
Indulge me on this next part
because, although it may sound a
little contrite, it was Oscar Wilde
who said it best: Everything in
the world is about sex except sex.
Sex is about power.
But while Wilde put this into
practice by committing acts of then-
outlawed sodomy with the sons of
aristocrats, I use it as a justification
to live out my own perversions.
Judge me all you want, but I relish
the fact that when James and John
exchange their beloved vows before
friends and family, the latter will be
thinking of one of our many trysts
together, embodying his betrayal
and the desiccation of his virtue.
Oh, thats right. The
aforementioned encounter wasnt
the first and it certainly wasnt the
last. If I had to choose my favourite
time with John, it was probably the
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time in their soon-to-be marital
bed, with John biting down into his
fiancs pillow.
This wasnt even the only couple
I unwittingly exploiting for my
own sexual gain. Thereve been
dozens. This is just the first, to my
knowledge, to arrange a walk
down an aisle before gorging on
cheap Bucks Fizz and substandard
canaps. And you always remember
your first, dont you?
It might surprise you, but Im not
arrogant enough to consider myself
the level of attraction which makes
inhibitions and loyalties fly out of
the window. But I never ask why
these men stray from their partners.
Im just not interested.
And dont get me wrong this isnt
a case of being unable to maintain
a meaningful relationship, or
anything to do with jealousy. Quite
frankly, what do I have to be jealous
of? This is merely a case of finding
the ability to control and manipulate
one hell of an aphrodisiac.
As you lie in bed tonight, with
your boyfriend in your arms,
I want you to ask yourself one
question. How much do you really
trust him? Im not alone, you see.
There are others just like me. You
might call us home wreckers, or
bastards, but in truth, were just
people wholl stop at nothing to get
what we want. To some, it might be
considered a debauched deviation,
or a sickness. But to us? Its just
ambition. A commitment to desire.
And before you start, this isnt
just a gay stereotype thing, either.
Theres a home wrecker in all of
us, regardless of your sexuality.
But for the weak and feeble, its
left dormant. In hibernation;
potential unfulfilled. You dont
know what youre missing. We feed
off this control. Why do you think I
changed the names of John and
James? Trust me, Im going to
be dining out on this sordid little
secret long-after the wedding bells
have rung. But until then, heres to
the happy couple.
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JORDAN
MORRIS
At just 19-years-old, fresh pop
hotness Jordan Morris releases
his debut single Taking Your
Side on 10 March. Mentored
by N-Dubzs Dappy, expect
lashings of Ne-Yo-esque vocals
and shirtless photo shoots. His
unrestrained falsetto is on pitch
to take on the charts and were
enjoying his fresh sound... and
his toned bod of course.
[reviews]
[03/14]
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HOPE
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ETERNAL
WORDS RYAN BUTCHER
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Its late Friday afternoon in a swish
central London theatre when we
finally get to sit down with Eternal.
And its a sight that truly has to be
seen to be believed, really. After
years of well-documented turmoil
from within the band, it seemed
impossible that theyd ever take to
the stage again. Yet here they are,
right in front of our eyes, after a long
day of rehearsals for Big Reunion;
the show thats already relaunched
the careers of nostalgic pop acts
like Blue and 5ive.
Well, the core trio of Eternal,
anyway. You might remember
a fourth member in Louise
Redknapp (ne Nurding), but she
ceremoniously quit the band to
pursue a solo career not long after
the release of their wildly successful
first album Always and Forever. The
first album from a girl group to sell
more than a million copies, thank
you very much.
Anyway, this is the Eternal that
toured the world, the Eternal that
released the sublime Power of
a Woman, the Eternal that was
invited to the Vatican to perform
for Pope John Paul II in 1995.
Remember the single I Wanna Be
the Only One? The single you just
couldnt escape in the late 90s?
Yep, this is that Eternal.
But after years of reported big-
money offers to get back together,
the big question on our lips is,
well, why now?
Its weird, but something that
always sticks out in my mind is,
well, every time somebody asked
us individually, we all shared the
same opinions, explains Kll. The
other girls are listening closely.
We werent speaking at the
time, but Id hear the responses
from the other girls and all of us
were like no, no, no. And we all
shared the same reasons too. It was
With more than 10 million records
sold, 15 top 20 singles and
international acclaim, Eternal
were once one of the biggest girl
groups on the planet. But, after
years of behind-the-scenes spats
and more diva strops than an
episode of RuPauls Drag Race,
the band inevitably fell apart. Now,
nearly 21 years after the release
of their debut single Stay, theyre
back; with sisters Vernie and
Easther Bennett reuniting with
Kll Bryan for the brand new
series of ITVs The Big Reunion.
In a gay press exclusive, the girls
talk to GT about the love for their
gay fans, why they decided to
come back, and what happens
next. But, take it from us, you
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never the right time for us, or the
right opportunity for us, or it wasnt
where we wanted to go musically.
For me that was a big surprise
because, with so many differences,
when it came down to the band, we
were all in the same mindset with
that one.
But for Big Reunion, it was all
about timing. This is the right time
for us all.
It was actually Louise who
announced the forgive the pun
big reunion. In an interview with
The Times she revealed that shed
been contacted by ITV producers
to rejoin the girls, had passed on
the opportunity, but wished them
well all the same.
She didnt want to do it, hence it
was just left to the three of us to plod
along, says Easther with a nervous
laugh. And thats about all we get
from them on Louise; an undeniable
elephant in the room.
Any further questions we do ask
are greeted with chilly silence,
a roll of the eyes and one-word
answers. Was there any fear
your fans would be divided when
Louise left the band? No. And
so on and so forth. It doesnt take a
journalism degree to know were
wasting our time trying to get to
the bottom of her departure, on
this occasion.
But maybe they have a right to
be impatient when broached with
this subject. Its been nearly two
decades since she left. Its over. Its
done now. And with a controversial
story lingering in Eternals history
books of Kll being sacked from
the band via fax back in 1998, it
mustve been hard enough trying to
get this incarnation together.
I feel like its been quite cathartic
actually, says Kll. This forced
us to think about ourselves, our
decisions, why we did what we did,
and forced us to face it and deal with
it. The interviews for the show have
been like counselling sessions.
No stone has been left
unturned. Ive been saying that
if we didnt go on to do anything
else after this, that initial chat
when we first sat down together
again and working through all the
stuff that caused the damage in
the first place... for me, it was all
worth it. Anything that else that
comes now is just a bonus.
This is a reunion and weve
cleared the air, adds Vernie.
Were mature now. The mistakes
we made, we made because of who
we were then. Nothings going
to change that. The reason why
were able to turn things around is
because of who we are now. Its all
about moving forward.
But how about the reality TV
element of Big Reunion? The girls
have always been so guarded with
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them. Twitter is just another element
of doing that.
And if anyones been vocal
on Twitter about Eternals
reformation, its been their gay
fan base. As soon as the new
series of the Big Reunion line-up
was announced, the Gay Times
Twitter feed was lit up with excited
requests for us to get an interview.
Which is why we had to ask, for
you lot, just what they think about
such a devoted following.
Anyone who was ever gay in our
team like hair or make-up would
always tell us directly what the gay
community was saying, says Kll.
They love all the hair and snap,
snap, snaps. They love a powerful
woman. To us, its a massive
compliment. At the end of the day,
Kylie is an icon. So anywhere you
land under there is just great.
When we ask the girls to reflect
on their favourite moment as
Eternal, it causes a tidal wave
of excitement, enthusiastically
replying with everything from
touring the US to meeting Whitney
Houston. But perhaps the biggest
thing you need to take from this
interview is the invigorating
excitement that they have for the
future; for making new memories.
With or without Louise.
We have no idea whats going to
happen next, says Easther. Were
taking it step-by-step.
We just want to get to
Hammersmith and do a good job for
our fans, adds Vernie. But were
definitely open to more in the future.
Could that mean a full-blown
reunion tour on the horizon? Our
reply comes from all three of the
girls, in an almost-harmonised union.
Watch this space.
Big Reunion airs on ITV2, Thursdays, 9pm.
@eternalreunion, @kellebryan,
@eastherbennet and @verniebennett
their private lives, and we can
hardly see one of them pulling a Lee
Ryan and walking into the Celebrity
Big Brother house.
Opening up our doors to this
has been really hard, says Vernie,
because me personally, Im quite a
closed book. Things have changed
so much since we were last in
the business. When we were all
starting, it was all about the music,
but today its more about whats
happening behind the music, which
weve never had to do before.
People just want access to their
popstars 24/7 now, dont they?
Well, were on Twitter now, she
coos. But that element, without the
cameras, I actually like. Im really
up for speaking with the fans. I
love that. I love touching base with
the people who have been out and
bought our records. At the concerts,
when fans were stood outside, Id go
to the doors and sign autographs for
Were
mature
now. The
mistakes
we made,
we made
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of who we
were then.
The reason
why were
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turn things
around is
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Christina Perri
Head Or Heart Four
million sales in the
States are not to be
sniffed at, and she`s
got her sights on
Europe, the spiritual
homeland to her
anthemic big-lunged
piano ballads.
Perri sounds
like a smoother
incarnation of
Regina Spektor
(especially on
tracks like I Believe)
with the odd
Bjrk intonation.
A cheerful duet
with Ed Sheeran
should ensure her
successful invasion.

Pillar Point Pillar


Point In the middle
of the last decade
it felt as if Swedish
synth pop was going
to take over the
Lea Michelle Louder This is
(unsurprisingly) Glee-full and uplifting,
a perfectly slick collection of triumph-
over-adversity, turn that frown upside
down capital-P pop. Lea mixes her
metaphors with reckless abandon;
with a heart too drunk to drive, love
is a battlefeld - the only cliche she
doesn`t fddle with is having her own
money. Louder, the obvious next
single, is Clarkson and Perry-esque
in its brunette ambition, whereas Cue
The Rain sounds insincere and plastic
by standing so close to Adele. Lea is
at her most convincing when she`s
doing all guns blazing woo-I`m-great
pop, rather than trying to reach out to
those heartstrings.
Sky Ferreira
Night Time, My Time
We saw Sky Ferreira play live about a year
ago and have been gagging for this album ever
since. Our biggest concern was that she was
turning away from her glacially cool ice-pop and
threatening to burst into a bad Avril Lavigne
tribute act. Thankfully, like a rock thrown into
the sea, time has softened all her bratty edges
into elegant, introspective indie pop with just an
aftertaste of bubblegum.
Her big hit, Everything Is Embarrassing is
cleverly an album closer, a bass-ackwards way
of reaching her new sound, showcased by the
superlative opening track Boys. Other highs
include the soft and cute Love In Stereo and
You`re Not The One, which sounds like an Icona
Pop vs The Smiths mash up.
Like most debuts, it has faws. Omanko is like
a pub band fnding a new setting on an effects
pedal, and the title track is a dull exploration of
droney Velvet Underground strings.
Ferreira really excels when the synths and pop
sensibility are fully intact, but they`ve just been
pushed into the background, with reverb noises
and guitar fourishes brought to the fore. It`s a
welcome antidote to the mega-polished pop
dominating 2014.
Shit Robot We Got A Love An
album that deservedly belongs on
DFA records, it plays out like a more
extreme and eclectic take on the
Hot Chip genre of dance. It starts
like an electro disco Avalanches
and, before long, you`re into funkier
territory that marks the whole album.
Parody runs wild as Feels Real is
an almighty mish-mash of Sylvester
(not surprisingly), Barry Gibb and
the Scissor Sisters, whereas tracks
like Do It Right go well beyond
homage with the whole Jack Your
Body refrain referencing a million
infuential songs. We`d rather the
Reynolds Girls.
world, and it`s nice
to know that bands
like The Tough
Alliance have left a
legacy. Whether this
American act have
even heard of them
is an unknown, but if
you like your scuzzy
electro-indie, Pillar
Point are worth a
peek.
The War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream
The countless Bruce
Springfeld moments
on this record are
uncanny, not just in
the vocals. At times
invoking His 'n`
Hers era Pulp, the
lyrics fuzzily echo
across Patrick Wolf
bassoons, while
they have an Arcade
Fire knack for
instrumentation and
driving a song along.

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METRONOMY
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Going from bedroom producers to
future Field Day headliners, its about
time we had Metronomy on these pages.
On the verge of releasing their *counts
on fingers* FOURTH album, were
chatting to lead singer Joseph Mount
about the romantically, archaically
named record Love Letters.
I guess its like Jay Z when he rapped
about the Loch Ness monster, he
says, its me showing my age a bit.
Hopefully people are still sending letters
romantically, but maybe theyve got no
idea at which point we revel in a bit of
pre-internet nostalgia and half-mourn the
death of the CD single and music retail.
Its a fair reflection of the recording
process, as Metronomys latest album
has been recorded the old fashioned
way; all analogue sounds, organ driven
and she-wop backing vocals. And the
thing that really defines the Metronomy
sound to us, is their Bossa nova-tinged
drum beats that we have the audacity to
call cheap.
I think in general, the proper
drum sounds have got better Joe
rightfully defends his choices. I still
buy these little drum machines, theres
something about them that I find
characterful. But I cant explain it, he
laughs, its in my bones!
Its fair to say their signature sound
has got them far, having weathered
enough fads, trends and line-up
changes, they have pretty much made
it. But its far from an overnight success
story. I remember going to the job
centre they were saying oh, what kind
of jobs are you after? and I was like,
well, Ive just done a degree, Im a
musician, so Id like production jobs. If
you know any people that have come to
the Brighton Job Centre needing some
pop production, Im the guy.
Nowadays, people are knocking on
his door. Nicola Roberts asked him to
write a Girls Aloud song (he was too
busy on tour, boo!) and the first Lady of
Gaga commissioned a remix not one
of her best songs and in need of some
reworking. Were talking You and I.
If I do stuff like that, says Joe of the
remixing process, I try to turn it into
songs that I find exciting. With that one
as well, I prefer mine to the original.
Which is what I tried to do.
Conversations drifts gaywards and
it turns out hes only done two gay
magazine interviews before, and
those were in Australia and America.
Which is where he is, apparently,
taking over the scene.
Anna, our drummer, was in America
with Little Boots and she said to me, oh,
do you know youre becoming a gay
icon in LA? and I was like what are
you talking about?! But it seems like
were arriving in that world which is
something Im very happy about.
Love Letters is out 10 March, metronomy.co.uk,
@metronomy
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When your first proper album
in five years is called Save Rock
and Roll, youre painting a bit of a
bullseye on your back right from the
off. But then again, Fall Out Boy have
never been the kind of band that
holds back.
Following on from 2008s belting,
but altogether commercially-
disappointing, Folie Deux, sugar,
theyve come back swinging. Save
Rock and Roll is made up of slick,
powerful lust-fuelled punk rock,
and collaborations with two of the
biggest living LGBT icons Sir Elton
John and Courtney Love. Safe to say,
for a band made up of four straight
guys, this is far and away their
gayest album yet.
It was actually Elton who told us to
name it Save Rock and Roll, laughs
the bands bassist and lyricist Pete
Wentz. You can tell he enjoys telling
this story. And when Elton John
gives you advice, you kinda have to
take it.
Its not the most obvious pairing in
the world possibly the biggest and
most influential gay artist of all time,
and a scrappy punk band with an
almost cult-like status from Chicago,
Illinois. But it works. And its a
standout track from an absolutely
gem-packed album.
It was pretty crazy how that
all came out, explains Pete.
Elton reached out to us about
doing something for one of his
anniversaries, and it turned out he
was a fan of our music. I wasnt at the
sessions myself, but [lead singer]
Patrick was, and Elton actually sings
the lyric save rock and roll.
He says to us, You know whatll
piss people off? Call the album Save
Rock and Roll. So we did!
And it worked. Released in the
summer of last year, the critically-
lauded album spawned some of the
catchiest pop-rock singles weve
heard in quite some time, from The
Phoenix to My Songs Know What
You Did In The Dark, and will form
the basis of their mammoth arena
tour coming to the UK in March.
Love them or hate them,
Fall Out Boy are back. Not
only that, but theyre coming
to the UK for their rst major
tour in years. We caught up
with Pete Wentz honorary
friend-of-the-gays and the
man who made guyliner
sexy for rst time since Boy
George to talk Elton John,
equal marriage and whether
or not they really are here to
save rock and roll
Left to right Andy Hurley, Patrick Strump, Pete Wentz and Joe Trohman
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Their first proper shows on these
shores in quite some time.
Its different for us now, were a
rock and roll band but were being
played on pop radio especially
in the UK. Its awesome. We always
wanted to play big arenas, and
this record is going to give us the
chance to play some of the older
stuff in that setting as well. Like
stuff from [debut album] Take This
To Your Grave.
Everyone is going to have their
own favourite song but luckily for
us, our songs arent very long, so if
they dont like one, its over pretty
quickly, he laughs. But were
going to make sure we play some of
the old favourites, too.
Despite playing what is commonly
deemed your typical rock bands
most-tertiary instrument, Pete
was actually the one thrust into
the limelight after the bands
commercial breakthrough, as his
three million Twitter followers
will attest to. In fact, hes grabbed
headlines in the way youd expect
from a frontman from his infamous
spat with The Killers Brandon
Flowers, to bringing back guyliner,
to, ahem, those pictures that leaked
on the internet.
But perhaps, more importantly,
hes been one of the most outspoken
advocates of LGBT rights and same
sex marriage in modern American
pop culture; a regular attendee of
protest rallies against Californias
anti-gay Proposition 8 from a
few years back, which sought to
overturn previously-permitted
same-sex marriages. When it
comes to gays with an interest in
alternative culture, Pete has been
one of our biggest allies.
Homophobia, in the United States
at least, is really one of the last
bastions of hate and prejudice we
have left, Pete tells us. Its going to
be one of those things that in 30 years
time, were going to be struggling
to explain and justify. Like slavery.
People will find it hard to believe that
we wouldnt let two people who love
each other get married because they
were the same sex.
Its up to the youth, though, to
speak up and take this forward.
Like with whats going on in Russia.
We were playing shows out there
a few months ago and we were
speaking to kids after the show,
and they were telling us whats
going on isnt a representation
of what they want. They want to
embrace and welcome western
culture, but people everywhere
need to make their voices heard if
things are going to change.
You see, theres always been
something about Fall Out Boy and
their lyrics that appeals to young,
gay teenagers whore interested
in rock and roll, punk and being
a little different. Its not a million
miles removed from what The
Smiths represented 30-some years
ago, who Pete has long withheld
are a major influence on his
writing process.
For me, the lyrics came from
listening to bands from Manchester
in the 80s, and they spoke to people
who were considered outsiders.
I dont think they were meant to
translate all the way to someone
over in the midwest United States,
but it went that way for us.
The thing with us, though, is its
about inclusion, you know? It doesnt
matter who you are or where you
came from, but as long as youre not
homophobic, racist or sexist then
wed be in your gang, or you could
be in our gang, or whatever. As long
as youre not prejudice in any way,
then you can hang with us.
A gang thats all about massive
pop-rock tunes, tight jeans, tattoos
and equality? Sign us up. Well see
you on the tour.
Fall Out Boy kick off their seven-date UK tour
at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena on 15 March.
falloutboy.com, @petewentz
Its doesnt
matter
who you
are or
where
you come
from, as
long as
youre not
prejudice
in any way,
then you
can hang
with us
the fall guy
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DJ Cassidy ft Robin
Thicke and Jessie J
Calling All Hearts It has all the class and stamina
of an S Club 7 Song, though will undoubtedly be
several times more successful. Gary Barlow
and Elton John Face to Face Our mum used to
watch Elton John videos while doing the ironing
and, like a passive smoker, we got an earful.
Explains a lot. And we had lots of female friends
who liked Take That. This song is a provocative
Proustian Madeleine of memories. DJ Fresh ft
Jay Fay & Ms Dynamite Dibby
Dibby Sound A surprise hit, and
much needed bump to the Ms
Dynamite(ei-ei) profle. Teeth
Eat Spit Queer (well, at least one
that we know of) noisy bastards
have gone pop, it`s got a repeated
hammering Chez GT. Shakira
ft Rihanna Cant Remember To Forget You A
ska pop verse tag teamed with a heavy rock chorus
gives this the feeling of early No Doubt. Pixie
Lott Nasty Indeed. Paloma Faith Cant Rely
On You Though it sounds like an aborted Blurred
Lines demo, the video is hilariously pretentious
and we love it. Le Youth Dance With Me A pop
quiz worth of samples and sounds. Can we please
get all gay bars to replace No Scrubs with this? Ta.
Lily Allen Air Balloon A Paper Planes for the
playground, the former GT cover star is back on top
form, with her surreal pop formula.
Totes Emosh! Mega Emotion is the name,
crush-inducing cute indie pop is the game.
This Norwich based tweecore band are in
their infancy, having self released just one
song through Bandcamp, a mighty debut
single called Brains. A glorious mix of noisy
guitars and throbbing synths, its a private
bedroom party where the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
were invited and anyone can join in. Youll
be swept up in cute harmonies before you
realise the opening lyric is actually the
acidic move motherfucker, cos boy youre
boring me. Behind the harmonised female
backing vocals and the nerdy male one
in the middle, there lies a stealthy dance
sensibility to everything they do. They have
all the charm and fun of the first unsigned
band on Top of the Pops (that was lo-fi
pioneers Bis), and yet half their songs would
sit happily on the latest Kitsun Maison
compilation. This needs to happen. Theyre
already in with the indie mafiosa of Fortuna
Pop, and their live shows are visually fragile
and sonically solid. So, best pitch up on their
Bandcamp. Here: megaemotion.bandcamp.com
All the T Rex
albums you never
wanted are being
lovingly re-issued
to co-incidentally tie
in with a UK tour of
a new Marc Boland
inspired musical
called wait for
it 20th Century
Boy. So that`s A
Beard of Stars and
T Rex being given
the solo treatment
while a double CD
set comprises of
Tanx and Zina Alloy
and the Riders
of Tomorrow/A
Creamed Cage.
There`s a double
vinyl available
for those looking
for the authentic
scratchiness, and
the obligatory
bonus disc of
rarities accompany
each CD. There
are some limited
edition 7s being
slung out too, but
you`ll have to go
to theboxsetstore.
co.uk to get them.
That`s a whole
lot of material,
tellingly billed as
buried treasure,
but it`s useful to
know if you`re
a glam rock
obsessive looking
to go beyond the
greatest hits.
Otherwise, you
might want to
just stick to Get
It On, which is
99p on iTunes, off
Electric Warrior.
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Whitney: A
Mother's Story
of Life, Loss and
the Night the
Music Stopped
Cissy Houston
After the worldwide
devastation
over the loss of
a much loved
diva, Whitney`s
mother Cissy felt
it about time to
share her diffcult
side of the story.
The world lost an
icon, but a mother
lost a daughter; a
heartbreaking and
honest account of
love and loss, and
defnitely a must
read.
The Man Who
Invented Rock
Hudson: The
Pretty Boys and
Dirty DeaIs of
Henry WiIIson
Robert Hoer
This takes a look
behind the scenes
Redening Realness: My Path
to Womanhood, Identity, Love
& So Much More Janet Mock It
was in 2011 that Janet Mock publicly
came forward as transgender in an
article published in Marie Claire.
Since then she`s been focusing
her efforts on speaking about the
struggles, triumphs and portrayals of
transgender women. This book is her
personal account of how she dealt
with and overcame life growing
up in a diffcult situation and going
through the process of transitioning
into not only a beautiful woman,
but also a spokesperson for the
LGBT community. It`s a well-written
book that is flled with raw, searing
emotion and is a wonderful account
of survival and resiliency.
Sane New World: Taming the Mind
Ruby Wax
We all know Ruby Wax; the sassy American
who ran around shouting on telly and sprinkled
Ab Fab scripts with fourishes of sarcastic joy.
Now a prominent mental health spokesperson,
Wax doesn`t just sit on the sidelines with this
publication. Her book is a bona fde bestseller
and is fnally being released in paperback.
At its core, the book showcases just how and
why our minds can get in the way of our sanity.
Armed with a master`s degree from Oxford
in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Wax
serves up a wry look at how we can control our
own minds without forking out for a therapist.
This isn`t a clinical look at mental health issues,
though. It`s written from someone who knows all
too well just how going a little crazy can feel.
Brilliant in parts and always entertaining, this
is an insightful guide into stopping your mind
spiralling all over the place. Although, this isn`t
a self-help book, with Wax herself describing it
as a comedy about how the brain is. It means
Wax is genuinely insightful and rarely talks down
to her audience. Perfect, then, for anyone who
wants to take back control before it gets out
of hand, and have a little giggle while doing it.
Whodathunk!
The AIDS Generation: Stories of
Survival and Resilience Perry
N Halkitis The AIDS Generation
is a remarkable book that brilliantly
illuminates a time of great loss and
upheaval. As Dr Perry Halkitis informs
us, the AIDS epidemic of the 80s
was a profound experience of fear,
hardship and the ultimate test of
humanity. But more importantly, the
book is littered with interesting and
emotionally breathtaking accounts
from men who`ve endured HIV and
AIDS for decades, and the fear and
discrimination that comes with it.
The authenticity and human emotion
within these pages make this an eye-
opening and wonderfully written work
of literature.
of Hollywood`s star-
making production
line, in particular the
man who invented
Rock Hudson.
Henry Willson is
the man who took
a handsome young
man with bad teeth
and redefned
Hollywood`s
concept of the male
heartthrob.

Uganda Be
Kidding Me
CheIsea HandIer
Sharp wit and
dry humour are
an expected trait
of Ms Handler;
combine it with her
misadventures of
an Africa safari, her
kayak destruction
in the Bahamas
and other global
misdemeanours
and the result is
a laugh out loud
piece of comedic
literature.

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Award-winning author
Tom Rob Smith
has sold millions of
copies of his trilogy
Child 44, The Secret
Speech and Agent
6 worldwide. Now
hes back with a very
different thriller, The
Farm, and a TV series
in the works. Rob
opens up to GT about
how a family tragedy
inspired his gripping
new novel, and visiting
Tom Hardy on set for
the movie adaptation
of his debut novel
WORDS JOHN MARRS
What is The Farm about? Its
a psychological thriller set on
a Swedish farm. The premise is
simple Daniel is in London when
he gets a phone call from his dad in
Sweden to say his mum is very ill
and in a psychiatric hospital, and
Daniel needs to visit her. Then his
mum calls to say everything his dad
has said is a lie and hes involved
in a terrible conspiracy. Daniel has
to decide whether to believe his
mother or his father.
Where did you get the idea? This
happened to my family three years
ago. I got the phone call from my
dad and I was going to the airport
when my mum called. I met her
at Heathrow Airport, brought her
back to my flat and she told me in
a concentrated four-hour burst a
series of allegations about my dad.
That must have been worrying?
I had no experience of mental
health problems, and I was
drawing from clichs like One
Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest,
thinking as soon as she arrived
at the airport, Id instantly know
whether she was ill or not. But
she was so convincing, she never
said anything implausible. It was
like being hit by a wall of brilliant
story telling. In the end I came
down on the side of probability.
How did you mum feel about her
breakdown being the inspiration
for this story? It would have been
impossible to have written it unless
my mum got better, which she did
after treatment. I told her I wanted
her story to be the basis of my novel
and I think its hard for someone
to comprehend what that actually
means. It was still hard when she
read the first draft but she came
around to it. Its a story about
someone who Im very proud of,
although apart from her psychosis,
the story is all fiction.
Daniel has his own secrets too Yes,
because if you have a character in
this case his mother who is telling
you secrets about someone, you
want the person listening to have
secrets of their own. And who keeps
secrets better than a gay person who
hasnt come out? I hid my sexuality
from my parents for years and years,
so I knew very well how people can
hide things and present something
to someone so convincingly and
even lie to yourself.
When did you come out to your
family? I was 22. I was writing a
lot, and you cannot honestly be
a writer and be in the closet. You
have to analyse the psychologies
of your characters and work out
their truths. And if you cant do
that with yourself, what hope is
there for you as a writer?
How did they react? Id love to say
they were thrilled and there was
champagne. But the problem is I left
it till the age of 22, so my parents
hadnt seen it coming. And Id had
very close relationships with girls.
So my parents wondered how they
didnt see it. We hadnt fallen out
and no terrible words were said,
but a gap opened up and it felt like
it was going to be permanent. Then
this event happened to my mum and
we were thrown back together in a
very intimate way.
Do you wish you had come out
earlier? I dont have many regrets
but I do regret not coming out at
university because it wouldnt have
mattered. Im glad I didnt come out
at school though because it would
have been a disaster as it was a very
homophobic place.
Child 44 is being made into a
film, starring Tom Hardy, Noomi
Rapace and Gary Oldman. Have
you been on set? Yes, twice in
Prague. There were little pinch
yourself moments where Id go into
the catering tent and thered be a
menu up with the words Child 44
starter over the soup and Id think
God, thats the title I came up with.
Theres a scene I watched between
Tom and Noomi that I clearly
remembered writing on my crappy
laptop ten years ago. Watching them
play it out was slightly surreal.
Have you had any input into it?
No, it was strange being divorced
from the process but quite pleasant
in some ways, because you dont
have to work on it you sit around,
enjoy the catering and watch a bit of
filming. I wont see the rough cut of
it though. I am dying to see the film
but Im happy to wait until theyve
ironed out any problems and all the
special effects have gone in.
Each country your books are
published in uses a different
cover Yes, because the cultural
differences between countries are
enormous. Some of the covers are
beautiful and didnt sell well and
paperback writer
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some are ugly and sold amazingly.
Some of them are just plain weird.
The Iranian copy of Child 44 has a
picture of a dead child on the front.
You live with your partner Ben
Stephenson, drama commissioner
at the BBC. Do you let him read
your stories as youre writing
them? No. Hell read an advanced
copy but only once its in a good
state. And I never read anything
hes working on. The first time I ever
see anything hes commissioned
is at a screening. Were always
sharing opinions about stuff, but I
have such particular tastes its unfair
to pick up another writers project
and start giving my thoughts.
How long have you been together?
For ten years; we met when I was
script editor for Bad Girls and he
worked as a development executive
for the production company. It was
one of the worst jobs I ever had
and they hated me, so I only lasted
five months; I didnt even make the
end of the series. So Ben was the
only remnant that came from that
experience!
Do you plan to get married?
Neither of us are really into
ceremonies. Three years ago, it
wouldve been a categorical no,
but now Im less categorical. Its a
great thing to say, listen everyone,
lets have a party and celebrate it,
but you need the energy to want to
do it because it takes a lot of work.
And I dont quite feel like I have the
energy for it yet.
What are you working on next?
A TV series that will be finished
in the summer. Its five-episodes
and a BBC2 and HBO production;
a contemporary spy thriller set in
London. I knew it had to be for TV
because with a gay relationship
at the centre of the story, it would
have been impossible to fund a
movie. Filming begins winter
next year and I have one specific
actor in mind but Ill weep if he
doesnt want to do it!
The Farm is out now, published by Simon &
Schuster UK, @tomrobsmith
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Lesbian, gay, bi and
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That Dry January
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Coming from a
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It`s a bird. It`s
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It seems gay
athletes are like
buses, and right
now there`s practi-
cally congestion.
We reckon Thomas
Hitzlsperger - the
out Premier League
player - would
enjoy Away From
Home, the story
of two footballers
wrestling with their
sexuality. Oh, boys.
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Until 10 May
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There`s been
a murder! Our
favourite detective
saying, by far. Not
one Poirot often
utters, though. Now
the Agetha Christie
Company (so
many detectives)
are bringing the
Poirot tale, Black
Coffee, to the stage
for the frst time.
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Fame The musical that
lives forever! And we just
know youre singing along
already. The show is back
and revamped for 2014,
hitting the New Wimbledon
Theatre in London before
heading on a national
tour. Its got all the highs
and lows that make great
entertainment triumph,
heartbreak, romance,
rivalry. Its like a week in
the GT office. And judging
by this behind-the-scenes
shot, its gonna be hot.
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Thor: The Dark World Disc Marvel`s
superhero sequel swaps the New
Mexico setting for London, and it`s a
treat to see Chris Hemsworth`s Norse
god sliding down The Gherkin and
founcing around Greenwich in his red
cape. The plot involves Dark Elves,
which I think are basically Black
Smurfs, but mythological racism
aside, the flm is worth watching for the
will-they won`t-they bromance between
Thor and his effete half-brother Loki
(Tom Hiddleston).
Blue Jasmine Disc I wouldn`t let
Woody Allen date my sister, but he
can still be trusted to turn in a decent
script, and Cate Blanchett and Sally
Hawkins act the hell out of it. The tale
of a fallen New York socialite who
is forced to bunk with her bohemian
adopted sister, it`s bitterly funny and
well-observed, but Allen`s direction is
uncharacteristically clumsy, and the
denouement`s all too predictable.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


2 Disc Phil Lord and Chris Miller,
who wrote/directed the deliciously
unexpected original, have been too
busy building The Lego Movie to helm
this follow-up, but that`s no excuse for
not following their recipe for success.
The assortment of sentient food-beasts
are beautifully animated, and Barry the
Strawberry deserves his own spinoff,
but this disappointing sequel keeps
dolloping out the puns when all you
really wanted was a dash of charm.

Escape Plan Disc Arnold


Schwarzenegger and Sylvester
Stallone are forced to combine their
years of experience to escape the
confnes of a formulaic script in this
futuristic prison-break adventure. It
may be their frst flm together as co-
stars, but they have the chemistry (and
looks) of an old married couple. The
action has a neat balance between old-
school nostalgia and inventive thrills,
and there are fun turns from Sam Neil
and, erm, Vinnie Jones.
[also out ]
The Monuments Men George
Clooney directs and stars
in this quasi-true account of a platoon of art
experts tasked with saving priceless treasures
from destruction in the last days of WWII. The
cast features John Goodman, Bob Balaban, Cate
Blanchett and Bill Murray, and theyre a bunch
of treasures too. Non-Stop Liam Neesons
particular set of skills seem to have changed
over time; back in Schindlers List, they involved
rescuing people from the Holocaust and winning
Oscars; now, they involve ring a gun straight
while on a free-falling aircraft. Need for Speed
Now that most games are actually better than
movies, being based on a video game is no bad
thing. If this road race movie is a success, I have
my ngers crossed for a Mario Kart trilogy.
The Rocket Filmed on location in Laos, this is
the story of a young boy who is determined to
shake his reputation for bad luck by building a
winning entry in a local rocket festival. If I had
a reputation for bad luck, I might start out with
something safer; an egg race, for example.
One of the highlights
of 300 was Rodrigo
Santoro`s nine-foot
tall, gold-coated
god-king Xerxes,
who supposedly
hailed from Persia,
but had clearly just
stepped off the
boat from Whore
Island. Having
dispatched Gerard
Butler`s Leonidas
in the Battle of
Thermopylae,
he`s up against
Sullivan Stapleton`s
Themistocles in this
blood-soaked, bare-
chested sequel. Are
a bunch of Athenians
up to the challenge
of beating him off?
If you went to an
expensive school,
you`ll already know
the answer.
300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE
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Day of the Flowers
Disc Ballet legend
and living god
Carlos Acosta is
underexposed
and underused in
this odd rom-com
about mismatched
sisters who travel
from Scotland to
Cuba in search of
a family secret.
Despite the setting,
there`s nothing
revolutionary
about the plot,
but if you have to
watch someone
go through the
motions, it may as
well be Carlos.

Stalingrad
Cinema This
mega-budgeted
3D Russian war
movie featured
over 1,000 extras,
so you`d have
thought that one of
them would have
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Cinema Wes Anderson`s exquisite
new flm opens up like a powder-pink
doll`s house to reveal a tableau vivant
of a long-lost, picture-postcard Old
Europe. This tale of the friendship
between Zero Moustafa (Tony
Revolori), a wet-behind-the-ears lobby
boy, and Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a
fastidious hotel concierge, is whimsical
but never twee, and features perfectly-
pitched performances from a cast
of old pros (including Tilda Swinton,
Willem Dafoe and the inevitable Bill
Murray). With missing paintings,
murders, jailbreaks and ski chases,
it feels like an auteur episode of
'Allo 'Allo!, and that`s an irresistible
combination.
Under the Skin Cinema Scarlett
Johansson plays a space alien who
drives around Scotland in a van,
coyly asking the locals for directions,
before tempting them home for
an evening of full-frontal nudity
and abduction. Michael Faber`s
novel would have made a fantastic
comedy or a lousy horror movie,
but Jonathan Glazer has chosen
to turn it into a middle-of-the-road
art-house meditation instead. There
are moments of brilliance, but mostly
Johansson looks bewildered and
it rains a lot. I suspect they just let
her out along the A82 and flmed
her reactions: what the FUCK am I
doing in this hellhole? And why does
everyone look so ill?"
realised they were
making a comedy,
not the hoped-for
patriotic epic. Like
that shirtless photo
of President Putin
on horseback, you
have to admire
the spectacle, but
it`s hard to keep a
straight face.

Phantom of the
Paradise Disc
This lavish HD
release of De
Palma`s demented
rock opera gives
The Rocky Horror
Picture Show a
run for its money
in terms of camp
excess, cult status,
and sing-along
potential. Like
Rocky Horror, you`ll
either love it to
bits, or hate it with
the passion of a
thousand burning
suns.
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Nymphomaniac /
Nymphomaniac Volume II Cinema
Shia LaBeouf`s lousy English accent is the
only limp element in Lars von Trier`s deliciously
clever, gleefully provocative ensemble
exploration of sex, sexuality and desire.
Charlotte Gainsbourg plays Joe, a self-declared
nymphomaniac, who is found lying broken in
an alley by Seligman (Stellan Skarsgrd), a
self-declared asexual. Recovering in his sparse
apartment, she recounts her life story while
Seligman looks on, seemingly nonplussed.
Told over two flms, the episodic structure
evokes a combination of Pier Paolo Pasolini`s
Sal: 120 Days of Sodom and Woody Allen`s
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About
Sex. Standout sequences involve Uma Thurman
and a "whoring bed", Jamie Bell and a sofa, and
Stacy Martin and a train carriage. Oh, and you
get to see hard ons. Lots and lots of hard ons.
Volume I has the jaunty air of a cheeky 70s
porno, but Volume II takes a darker turn, making
you feel increasingly complicit in the cruelty
that ensues. Perhaps being a nymphomaniac
is fun when you`re young, but tragic when
you`re older? I`ll have to wait and see, but in the
meantime von Trier`s sexual politics make for
uncomfortable viewing. /
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Sure to hit the sweet spot of any
heroine addict. Black Canary.
Zatanna Zatara: Bloodspell.
Buxom babes, big explosions,
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can a guy ask for? If youre not
already a dedicated disciple of
these femme fatale powerhouses,
you can take our word for it. This
isnt going to be your run of the
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Writer Paul Dini, one of the
great minds behind Batman:
The Animated Series and Justice
League, says this stand-alone
graphic novel (set outside of
the New 52 continuity) is, at
its heart, a story exploring the
friendship of two incredibly
diverse personalities and how
they interact over a number of
years. Both Zatana and Black
Canary are daughters of Golden
Age superheroes, this story starts
in their childhoods. The meat of
the story goes something like
this: Black ops babe, Bird of Prey,
master of the martial arts and all
around superhero, Black Canary,
infiltrates a gang of female
criminals set to pull an Oceans
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is a bit of a dark horse, whose
passions include brutality and
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gang leader refuses to be taken
alive and pulls some mad voodoo
which sends her screaming into
her grave, swearing vengeance
from the beyond [all the standard
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year and, with a supernatural
force punching the dance card of
all the remaining gang members,
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help investigate. Enter Zatanna
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The hammer is my
penis Neil Patrick
Harris and Joss
Whedon. Enough
said! The cast
of Dr Horrible`s
Sing-Along Blog
have never looked
better. If you don`t
know it already this
is the story of one
tragic heroine, one
swaggering hero,
one supervillain
and one very bad
horse.
Meth. Not even
once We saw it
again and again.
Whatever you
thought Breaking
Bad`s recurring
appearance of
the pink teddy
bear and later just
its eyeball [sob]
represented, this
replica keychain is a
fantastic way to pay
homage to modern
chemistry king
Walter White.
That's how we
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we can all score
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keep our potions
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middle of a big boss
battle!
LEGO are celebrating the 25th
anniversary of Americas animation
royalty, The Simpsons. Now you can
recreate hilarious scenes in square
miniature form with Homer, Marge,
Bart, Lisa, Maggie and neighbour
Ned Flanders. Build the Simpson
house, their battered pink car and
that famous family couch! Ten
additional characters will follow
on sale to tie in with an upcoming
LEGO episode of the show. But step
on one of these bricks with your
bare feet and youll be shouting
more than Doh! Heres hoping for a
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Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
Were a bit late to this party but
this is quite simply an essential
download a simply beautiful
side-scroller following a boys
quest to reclaim his brother
from the monsters he brought
into being. Joyous.
Available to download on Xbox One
Lightning Returns
Lightning is one of the heroes of
the iconic Final Fantasy series
and the subject of some very
questionable slash fiction and
here she is in her own Final
Fantasy-lite adventure. Look at
the size of her sword, etc.
Available on PS3 and Xbox 360
Rayman Legends
Rightly judged to be one of the
best platformers of this or any
other generation, the former
Wii U exclusive comes to PS4
and Xbox One to brighten
up even the dreariest of
Februarys. A must have.
Available on PS4 and Xbox One, 21 Feb
Thief
Game of the Month
One of the old guard when it comes
to frst person stealth-a-thons gets
a shiny next-gen spit and polish as
the Thief returns. GT has had an
exclusive hands-on with the PS4
version of a near complete build and
can profess relief in fnally seeing a
game that truly feels next-gen. The
free-running and creeping both feel
wonderfully organic and the pseudo-medieval
world you spend time in genuinely feels the
part, with convincing voice acting and a
brilliantly layered soundtrack all adding to an
impressive frst-person experience. Some of
the character models might look a little last-
gen compared to what we know is to come, but
lighting and atmospheric effects generate a lot
of goodwill to what is a fne looking and classy
gaming experience. The story commences
among the rooftops of a bustling town with a
challenge to steal a jewel and intuitive training
sections that feel like fully formed elements of
the game rather than strapped on for effect. Far
be it for us to ruin the plot but, suffce to say,
things take a turn from there. Essential.
Available on PS4 and Xbox One, 28 February
Momondo Places
ber-stylish
city guide for
iPads, with great
interactivity and
design combining to
deliver a superbly
personalised
experience - with
guides available
on and offine once
downloaded
Pinterest Is
Pinterest still a
thing? Did it ever
really become
a thing? Well
Pinterest certainly
thinks so and its
new iPad app -
bringing the design
up to speed with
iOS7 - certainly
talks a good fght
idle hands
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Always preferring to champion a
delineation between activities such
as not using Grindr during a date GT
this month takes a look at a gadget
that forces you to put the smartphone
down. While its heartening to see that
phones havent taken over completely
when it comes to photography, theres
a wealth of hardware to choose from.
Heres our pick of the new crop
GT Pick
Nikon D3300
Powerful,
comfortable to carry
and effortless to
operate, the small
and lightweight
Nikon D3300
allows you to enjoy
superior DSLR
image quality while
keeping things
simple. From 499,
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The Wallet
FujiIm FinePix
S9400W Wi-Fi-
enabled with 50x
optical zoom, a
brand new image
stabilisation
system for movie
recording and full
HD video capture
at a price that
won`t cripple.
From 269,
Fuji.co.uk
Blow The
Budget
FujiIm X100S
A big month for
Fuji two entries
in GT and the
debut of its world-
beating X100S
with an all-black
fnish. Probably
not an entry-level
camera 999,
Fuji.co.uk
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Paul Smith x
Woolmark
The Woolmark
Company and
British designer
Paul Smith
have formed a
collaboration that
will see Australian
Merino wool
highlighted across
the Paul Smith
Men`s collection
for Autumn
Winter 2014. The
collection includes
four suits shown
at LC:M.
Adidas
Stan Smith
With more than
40 million pairs
sold, it`s safe to
say this popular
piece of footwear
is one of the most
iconic styles in
existence. And,
thankfully, it`s
back! Originating
as a tennis shoe,
it boasts a simple
style that can be
worn daily. Make a
formal outft such
as chinos and
shirt casual with a
pair of Stan Smith,
or pop them on
with a pair of
jeans for that full
casual look.
Clarks x
Patternity
Clarks is often
thought of as
a brand for the
older generation,
but it really is
for everyone.
This latest
collaboration with
London-based
pattern specialists
Patternity are for
those who want
a little something
different.
Patternity have
partnered up with
Clarks Originals to
give a little life into
the iconic desert
boot, creating
an exclusive
graphic using a
bold lacquered
geometric print
on suede. These
boots certainly
reimagine the
style so famously
created by Nathan
Clark all those
years ago.
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Oliver Spencer, designer
In little more than a decade
the name of Oliver Spencer
has become synonymous
with luxury contemporary
menswear. A rm favourite
among the likes of Michael
Fassbender and Simon
Amstell, the self-taught
artisan consistently
delivers clothes that
mix traditional tailoring
with popular streetwear
nuances successfully
creating a wardrobe for the
modern masculine man.
Taking direct inspiration
from hunting and military
silhouettes, Spencer gives a
contemporary twist with bold
colours and an unabashed
appreciation for eye-catching
patterns, like paint splatter,
stripe and plaid
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What was the inspiration
behind your Autumn/Winter
2014 collection? I was inspired
by Le Corbusier, who was an
artist and an architect. Its about
urban renewal, so its about
taking old things and attitudes
and bringing them forward into
the 21st century, I suppose.
Whats your AW14 style
tip? Nylon. Wide leg nylon
THE GT STYLE TEAM SASHAYED
DOWN TO THE BI-ANNUAL LONDON
COLLECTIONS: MEN TO CHAT TO A
COUPLE OF THIS YEARS MOVERS
AND SHAKERS, AND SEE FIRSTHAND
WHAT WELL BE WEARING FOR
AUTUMN/WINTER 2014
trousers. Terrific.
Weve spotted quite a few
exposed ankles on your models
Yeah, we might need a few more
socks. People always accuse me,
Men dont walk around in the
middle of winter with no socks on!
[Laughs] Its all about socks.
Your clothes always bridge the
gap between the classic and the
contemporary. Where does that
influence come from? Its just
the way I dress in fact, [stylist]
William Gilchrist said to me this
morning, this collection more
than any other that youve done is
most like what you would wear
and it really is. I mean, I love it all,
Im really happy with it all.
Youve said that you design
clothes for the modern man.
Who is he? Hes independent.
Hes well educated in his taste for
clothing. This is a guy who knows
what he likes. He doesnt need to
be seen, but he wants to be heard.
What do you love about London
Collections: Men? Listen, Im one
of the most outspoken people ever,
and its only my second season
showing at LC:M, but menswear
in London is brilliant. I think were
way ahead of the curve. Only the
Japanese touch us when it comes to
menswear, and they dont touch us
really they follow us.
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Gordon Richardson
Creative Director, Topman
Topman Design has given
the high street brand a rm
xture in the acclaimed LC:M
schedule, showing twice
yearly. This year, the show
was produced to perfection,
with rain to nish off the nal
walk. The collection had a
rock star feel to it, lled with
black with reds and blue
dotted throughout.
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Who is the Topman Design man?
A guy who has an interest in fashion
and in looking good.
Whats your three key items
for Autumn/Winter 2014? Next
season is all about simple, timeless
pieces that have had a fashion
overhaul. Key pieces would be
a bomber in leather or wool, or a
combination of the two.
What was the inspiration for
AW14 collection? The setting
and mood came from the idea of
tough northern boys who wouldve
worked in the old shipyards.
Inspiration came from looking
at fishermans knits, fishing
nets, rusted keels and timeless
clothing from duffles to pea coats,
interpreted in a modern way with
bonded rubber and PVC.
Topman Design is so different
from the mainline collections. Is
that a conscious decision? Do you
design the core range with one
guy in mind? Topman Design, as
well as being for the more fashion
forward of our customers, is also the
seeding ground for future mainline
collections, with ideas featured
in the show appearing later in the
season across certain products.
Why do you think LC:M is
becoming bigger and better
each season? Menswear was
always a neglected part of
fashion in the UK, and had never
had a platform such as LC:M to
parade its wares. Now that its
firmly established as the event
to attend for international buyers
to witness the most diverse and
exciting designs in the world, it
will naturally expand, as more and
more global menswear designers
and brands jostle for inclusion.
If you could only have one piece
from the new collection what
would it be? Always the hardest
question as, naturally, I liked a lot of
the collection, but Im going to say
the cropped duffle.
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Finn Donnelly, model
When it comes to London
Collections: Men, well
be honest its the sight
of those models on the
catwalk, with their razor
sharp cheekbones and six
pack abs, that makes the
rushing from one show to
the other so worthwhile.
Finn Donnelly from AMCK
Models is a prime example
of this, walking for the
likes of Richard James and
Savile Row this season. We
caught up with Finn to chat
modelling, style and sparkly
white hot pants
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How were you scouted to be a
model? It was actually my brother
Sam who started me off in the
modelling world. I was 18 and
had decided to take a gap year
to try and see the world. It was a
lovely idea, but in reality I was just
at home in Bournemouth, going
out every night. Sam suggested
coming to London and doing a test
shoot shortly after, Elite signed
and I moved to London full time.
Had you considered
modelling before? Not really. I
come from a performing family
my two oldest brothers are
actors and my brother Harvey is
an acrobat in Cirque du Soleil.
Theyre all amazingly talented
and have always known what
they wanted to do, whereas
I was just happy chilling and
being the tallest of the four of
us. And then one day, being 62
suddenly gave me a career!
What was the biggest appeal to
modelling? If Im truly honest,
it was the idea of the lack of hard
work. Id spent too long on building
sites earning next to nothing as a
young landscaper, breaking my
back all summer. The idea of not
doing much for a living thrilled
me until I got into modelling
and realised its not easy at all.
Sometimes I actually miss the
building sites!
Whats been your career
highlight so far? One of my first
jobs was the spring Jack Wills
campaign and, to date, its one
of the best jobs Ive ever done. I
was flown out to Cape Town and
it was essentially three days of
running around on a beach in
South Africa half-naked with two
other guys and three girls not
bad if you ask me.
Whats been your worst job? I
wouldnt say Ive had a bad job,
but I was on a contract in Japan
where things got a bit weird. One
day I caught my reflection in a
mirror and I was wearing sparkly
white hot pants that left nothing
to the imagination and there
were these girls on set giggling
hysterically. I started questioning
what I was doing, but the more I
thought about it, I started to think,
you know what, everyone has
their hustle, this is mine and its
earning me some serious yen!
How has your style changed
since you became a model?
Im definitely more fashion
conscious. I dont really think
my personal style has changed
that much, but Im more aware
of whats in and whats not. Im
happiest in jeans and a t-shirt,
comfy with a slight rocker edge.
I do enjoy dressing up though
and for certain occasions, only a
three-piece suit will do.
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Joseph Turvey, designer
In just a couple of years,
London College of Fashion
alumnus and Fashion East
protg Joseph Turvey
has gone from being the
proverbial one to watch to
the designer that everyone
is watching. Season after
season, Turvey has delivered
a must-have collection,
creating a signature style
of masculine cuts and
silhouettes in beautiful
fabrics, perfect colours and
daring prints. Like everyone
else in the fashion industry,
we waited with bated breath
to see his latest collection
and true to form, Turvey did
not disappoint.
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What was the inspiration
behind your Autumn/Winter
2014 collection? There wasnt
really a main inspiration for this
season. It was more about looking
back at what my team and I had
achieved so far, then redeveloping
existing techniques and fabrics.
We explored my prints in different
fabrications and embroideries to
create new textures and depths.
I looked at my favourite William
Morris print for this collections
colour palette, so it includes lots of
French blues, pale violet, camel and
flashes of kingfisher blue.
Whats your AW14 style tip? I think
you should always have a bomber
jacket a new one every season.
Ive never not done a bomber
jacket. I love them.
Whos the man that you design for?
I think its someone who appreciates
British design and tailoring, but
doesnt necessarily want to stick
to the traditional British aesthetic.
He wants to wear something a
bit special and understands that
theres a story behind the garment,
which comes from the hand-drawn
illustrations and different techniques
that we try to explore every season.
Especially in todays economic
climate, when not everyone has a
disposable income, he wants to know
hes buying into a garment that has a
real luxury to it.
What do you love about menswear
in London? Theres just such design
diversity. You can go through every
show in the LC:M schedule and
theyre all completely different,
which makes it so exciting.
What other projects have you got
coming up this year? We worked
with New Era for a cap collaboration
for AW14. We also have a River
Island collaboration coming out at
the end of February, which were
launching with a Q&A session at the
Marble Arch store. Its a 16-piece
collection that Im thrilled to have
sold in such an iconic high street
brand. Weve got a few more
projects that are coming up in 2015
but I cant discuss those just yet
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LOU DALTON SHOW
Hair styled by Naoki Komiya
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To sit alongside the bleached out
denim and washed out cords, the
models were following through
with a 90s vibe when it came
to their hair. Sleek styles with
off-centre partings and messy
ends were the order of the day
for longer haired models, pulled
forward and textured, almost
like a bouffant. Messy at the
bottom, sleek at the top.
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Step by step
[01] Spritz Fudge Urban Sea Salt on
dry hair to create a dusty look.
[02] Run through Fudge Urban 3In1
Miracle Moisture Stuff to make the
hair look a little dirtier and greasier.
[03] Finish by spraying lightly with
the Fudge Urban Iced Raspberry &
Vanilla Hair Spray.
KENT & CURWEN SHOW
Hair styled by Stephen Low
from Neville for Fudge
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The Kent & Curwen show
took inspiration from British
Naval dress uniform,
representing a military look
through quintessentially
English preppy hairstyles.
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Step by step
[01] Mist hair with Push It Up Blow
Dry Spray to provide a natural hold
and direction to the hair.
[02] Create side parting and comb
behind the ears.
[03] Blow-dry using a round brush
to direct the hair to the sides and
back of the head.
[03] Finish by running fngers
through hair to give it a modern feel
and apply a small amount of Fudge
Skyscraper.
KTZ SHOW
Hair styled by ROKU for Fudge
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The monochromatic show
from KTZ features metallic
shades with an urban vibe
and liberally spruced with
embellishments. The hair is
slick and no-nonsense.
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Step by step
[01] Brush hair back with Fudge Hair
Gum and a wide tooth comb to create
sleek lines and a wet fnish.
[02] Follow with Hair Cement for
extreme hold.
[03] Place a hair net over the whole
head and set the hair using a hair
dryer to push down the hair so it is
as fat as possible.
[04] Finish with Head Shine
All FudgeUrban products available at
Superdrug or Superdrug.com, Fudge.
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Hair apparent Fudge is a big sponsor of LC:M and hairstyles are a key trend that
naturally go from catwalk to high street, although often diluted versions of the original
creations. Weve listed some of our favourite styles and how to re-create them
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The shows are over
and the designers
have revealed the
looks to inspire us
this season. Yes,
this happens in
furniture as well
as fashion. Here
are the stand-out
products that
caught our eye
The bowl
Rifessi bowl, glass,
12, habitat.co.uk
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The storage
Pallet Tall Drawer
System by
Joined+Jointed,
1,365,
joinedandjointed.com
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The lampshade
CartOn C1 by Tabitha
Bargh, layered
cardboard, 75,
tabithabargh.co.uk
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The armchair
Kustom Armchair
by Bark furniture,
made to order,
barkfurniture.com
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The fragrance
Cut grass candle
by The White
Company, 16,
thewhitecompany.com
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The print
Ice by Howard
Hodgkin, edition
of 350, 1,000,
countereditions.com
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Although only built in the 90s, Skywood House
has become an architectural icon. All clean surfaces
and long lines reflected lake-side in woodland, it
has come to represent the idealised contemporary
living space. You may not have heard of it, but youve
certainly seen it, as its constantly used as a location
for advertising and film. Quite an achievement for
a four-bed in Uxbridge. This 272 page love letter
documents Skywoods life from sketch to build along
with its impact on modern design and popular culture.
Definitive coverage of a definitive building.
Skywood House: The Architecture of Graham Phillips by Phyllis
Richardson, 42, thamesandhudson.com
It may be necessary
to our diet, but
overuse of salt can
be hugely harmful to
health. A quick spritz
of this liquid salt
instead is a healthier
alternative as it
contains 75% less
sodium than table
salt. Those creative
French gourmands
at A`Rom have also
gone a step further
by adding the zest
of citrus for chicken
or salads and fresh
mint for lamb.
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The chair
Cowrie chair
by Made in
Ratio, shaped
plywood, 2,000,
madeinratio.com
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The oor lamp
Bobby foor lamp,
60, habitat.co.uk
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Ross Williams
Essex, 20,
barman
I work in Ku Bar,
and you have to get
your top off in there
so I wasn`t nervous
for this! Plus, I`ve
been caught running
through felds
naked at home in
Essex, drunk, a few
times. Oh, and I got
caught having sex
on Southend Beach
classy right?
There were CCTV
cameras, and it was
in front of where I
used to work. They
must have been like
"Oh, that`s Ross!"
My body hasn`t
always looked this
way. I went to dance
college and worked
really hard there,
trained all the time,
and now I go to
the gym every day
pretty much; it`s
one of those things
where you have
to constantly work
at it. But I`m really
comfortable in how
I look now - there`s
things I`d change, but
it`s just how I look.
I fnd that guys -
guys following me on
Instagram seem
to like my arse. So
maybe I`d have sex
with myself, but then
I`m just a bottom
so I`m not sure how
that would work
As for who I fancy in
other people, well,
it`s in the eyes and
face - beauty isn`t
just about who`s
been down the gym
all day.
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Ive been with my boyfriend
for about a year. Its going
great and he might be the
one. Theres just one problem.
He always holds back when
it comes to public displays of
affection he shrinks away if
I go in for a kiss when were
out and about, and he never
holds hands in the street.
Why shouldnt he want to
hold hands when were out
for dinner? Whats wrong
with a peck on the lips when
we meet up? Its never been
an issue with any other
boyfriend. How do I get him to
stop being such a cold sh?
Simon, via email
The Guyliner replies PDAs
always a tricky area. They`re really
not for me. I don`t really need an
audience to tell me how much my
relationship means to me. But I
know some people love them - I`ve
spent many a miserable hour on
public transport watching a loved-
up couple attempt to turn each
other inside out using only their
tongues. The fact that you have
managed to get a year down the
road into your relationship with this
problem suggests you may be
looking for confict where otherwise
there is none, OR there is another
latent issue and you`re latching on
to this hand-holding nonsense to
avoid addressing it.
Are your needs for affection
being met elsewhere? Is he only
a "cold fsh" when you`re out and
about? You don`t say whether you
have brought up the avoidance of
public affection with your boyfriend
or are suffering in silence. If you
haven`t, why not ask him, maybe in
a jokey way? If you have talked it
out and he`s said it`s something he
doesn`t like, you are going to have
to learn to accept it.
It might also be worth asking
yourself, assuming your
relationship is otherwise going
fne, why you need this validation
from your boyfriend. You say
he`s different from your other
boyfriends, but isn`t that a good
thing? All the handholding in
the world couldn`t make those
previous relationships last.
No doubt you`re proud of your
boyfriend and want to show the
world he belongs to you. But the
fact is he doesn`t. And having him
hanging off the end of your hand
like an accessory or trophy isn`t
going to make your relationship
any stronger than it already is. If
he were avoiding your advances
all the time, acting like he wasn`t
pleased to see you and not
acknowledging you were his
boyfriend to friends and family,
I`d be worried. But if it`s a case of
PDAs not really being his thing,
then just accept it and concentrate
on all the things you`ve got going
for you. If you`re desperate to hold
someone`s hand, take a friend`s
child to a museum.
Also, think of the service your
boyfriend is doing for the rest of us.
Nobody wants to sit in a restaurant
at the next table to the couple dry
riding each other between courses.
There`s much more fun to be had
when nobody`s watching.
Got something to get off your chest? Need some good old-fashioned
advice on matters of love, life or relationships? E-mail The Guyliner
(and his panel of experts) on theguyliner@gaytimes.co.uk. We cant
respond individually and emails may be edited for use in the magazine.
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THE GUYLINER LENDS AN EAR TO
YOUR LIFE DILEMMAS AND DISHES
THE DIRT ON THE UNDATEABLES
[01 ]
The Calorie Counter
Salad is good. But lets
not kid ourselves: all lettuce and
no lasagne makes Jack a very,
very dull boy who is probably
secretly starving. The pros of
having a boyfriend who watches
what he eats are fairly
straightforward. Hell probably
be on the buff side, or, if hes
chunkier, heading for a slimmer
frame (if that floats your boat, of
course you may like your
pillows plumper). Hell look after
himself and you wont have to
watch him slurp his way through
macaroni cheese or a
McDonalds. So far, so good. But
the trouble with some healthy
eaters is their fanatical side.
We all know you should balance
out the burgers with a broad bean
if you dont want to be the size of
a house, but your Calorie Counter
will back away from carbs like
theyre a wet kiss from grandma,
and hell probably expect the
same of you too. Look forward
to a lifetime of eye-rolling while
you eat pizza, checking the
back of packets for RDA stats
in the supermarket, tapping in
everything youve eaten into
whichever calorie-counting app
de jour he uses and listening to
how guilty he feels for eating a
Krispy Kreme back in 2011.
The solution Join in for a while,
and get healthy but introduce
a guilt-free treat night when the
apps are turned off. Nobody cares
about the calorie count and you can
eat what you want. If hes worried
about the extra calories, theres a
really easy way to work them off.
Im sure you wont have to spell it
out to him especially if you cover
your naked torso in salad.
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The Outdoer
Something really
similar happened to me, actually.
There was this one time Weve
all met men like this. Whatever
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youve done, theyve done it a)
first b) better c) bigger d) more
often or e) just the once because it
was rubbish. Hes a more extreme,
exciting version of you or so hed
have you believe. But this king of
one-upmanship is usually pretty
insecure. Whether hes trying to
impress you or merely trying to
convince himself his boring
existence has meaning, he makes
for painful company. Conversation
dries up pretty sharpish because
you know anything you say is
going to get dismissed and
rewritten as an amazing Choose
Your Own Adventure starring him.
The solution If youre already
dating this guy, my sympathies.
Maybe focus on the future rather
than harking on about your former
glories. Concentrate on things you
can do together kick off some
new shared experiences you can
reminisce about. That way, you
know he didnt do it bigger and
better; you were there all along.
Alternatively, call him out on his
bragging and enjoy days of silent
treatment and puppy-dog eyes.
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[03 ]
The Ex Guys do make
passes at boys who wear
glasses and yours are rose-
tinted. Youre back in familiar
territory with the man who broke
your heart more times than you
care to admit. Hes changed this
time, he really has. We believe
you. Youve let bygones be
bygones. And yet, very quickly,
old arguments rise from the grave
and you find all the things that
used to annoy you never really
went away. Youre back where you
were: sexy old square one. Hes
the comfy old sweater you hate to
throw out, those much loved
trainers you wear absolutely
everywhere.
The solution That sweater has holes
in; those trainers let in water. Bin
them and start anew.
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One Thursday
evening, I found
myself entertaining
the idea of some midweek drinks.
You see, a co-worker of mine
(lets call her Claire) had text
me suggesting we have a drink
together nearby. I quickly took
her up on the offer, as Id not left
my flat all day, and was feeling a
bit desperate and sad for myself.
After several hours and several
drinks I found myself still in the pub
with Claire and her two friends,
Paul and Mike. The two lads both
worked with us, though I only really
knew their faces, both fresh and
ebullient.
Anyway, Claire and Paul began
to talk intently which left Mike
and I to strike up a conversation.
Now, I knew nothing about Mike
other than the fact that he was
very cute, which is something
all of the gay men at work knew.
The conversation was nice. We
exchanged numbers to arrange to
meet up at a party the next night,
and I said my goodbyes.
I arrived home to a text from Mike
asking for an address that Claire
needed. Right, I thought to myself.
She could have easily text me
herself. I responded politely with
the address, and decided to up the
ante, UK style: I ended the text with
a kiss (x).
He responded with, Theyve just
gotten into a taxi and left me. Ha. X
Hmm. He had taken the time to
text me to let me know that theyd
left him on his own, so, logically,
I invited him over to my place to
hang out a little bit longer. Physical
proximity didnt seem to bother
him that much and he appeared
quite comfortable, not at all
nervous of being alone in the same
room as me, the Gay Predator, the
alien beast who attacks unknowing
and nave straight men.
And like the Predator, I knew
when the time to strike was nigh, so
after about 20 minutes I summoned
my courage, and like that monster I
attacked, asking, Can I kiss you?
Where? he replied.
Success, I thought! Where is
basically, Yes, but I would like
further clarification. I moved in
and kissed him (on the mouth, by
the way, perverts), which lasted
all of two seconds. He pulled
away and apologised. I quickly
returned the favour, saying I was
too forward. We continued to hang
out for another 20 minutes or so,
until he made his escape, covering
himself in mud so I couldnt track
his heat signature. Foiled again,
I prepared myself for bed. As I
brushed my teeth, I felt the familiar
twinge of embarrassment and
shame. I reached for my phone,
pulsating toothbrush hanging out of
my mouth, and text him again, Im
sorry for being so forward. Way to
ruin a night! Im really sorry.x
Bing! New message received.
No its okay. I led you on. Its
fine. Are you coming to the party
tomorrow? x
Yeah I should be there. And if
anything, take it as a compliment. It
just means I think youre fit. x
Thanks! [Insert huge emoji
toothy smiley face] Are you coming
tomorrow? x
Jesus, I thought. Yes. x, I replied.
All in all, it was an odd encounter.
Truthfully, I was relieved because
Ive left out one major fact that
changes the whole story: He had
a girlfriend and she worked with
us. I had drunk quite a bit that
night so obviously the sort of
reasonable judgment that includes
remembering that vital fact went
right out of the window. I awoke
the next morning realising that had
it gone any further, I would have
been a home wrecker x1000.
The next day I nursed a pretty
dear hangover until close to
midnight. Solution: I simply slept
until I was somewhat prepared to
go back into the night and drink
again. So, my fragile stomach and
I made our way to the work party
that was happening in town.
Upon arrival, I realised I
had waited too long, as most
people were in various states of
intoxication. I made my way to the
bar, picked up a drink (to hold as
a prop, like a good cast member
of Real Housewives would), and
sidled over to a group of friends on
the dance floor.
Not at all
nervous
of being
alone in
the same
room
as me,
the Gay
Predator;
the alien
beast who
attacks
nave
straight
men
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I was speaking to a friend
when I felt two discreet taps to
the shoulder. I knew. I knew
immediately they were bad
taps. I turned to see Amelia, my
co-worker and Mikes girlfriend.
As I processed her face and
remembered the infamous phrase,
I have a girlfriend escaping
Mikes lips the night before, I
realised I had to fortify myself for
the verbal ass whooping that was
about to take place.
Can I speak to you for a second?
she asked in her typical soft
northern lilt, blonde curls falling
down either shoulder, framing a
round and feminine face.
I nodded. Sure! I said. Far too
enthusiastically.
We made our way into the corner
and it began. She informed me that
Mike had told her everything,
which is always an interesting
phrase because I knew from her
demeanour that he had, in fact, not
told her everything but rather,
all the facts that make me look
innocent and PJ like the creepy
Gay Predator. I decided to kill
em with kindness as they say.
I apologised and told the truth:
Right now, Im not making the
best decisions in general, and this
whole situation was par for the
course. That more than anything
else, I was deeply ashamed and
embarrassed.
It was clear she wanted an
argument, but my contrite attitude
seemed to diffuse any anger she
could muster. I told her that Mike
was a gentleman, that he pulled
away and immediately mentioned
his girlfriend. I obviously was
omitting the most telling part of the
evening: his reply of Where? to
Can I kiss you?
Nor did I mention the fact that he
text me. Nor the more potent fact
that I only learned later on: he told
Sam and Paul to leave without him in
the taxi, opening up the possibility
of coming over to my place.
Now, while this is the only time
Ive ever been confronted by
the girlfriend after the fact, I can
certainly say its not the only time
Ive fooled around with a straight
guy. In these situations, I feel the
normal rules of dating go out the
window. This isnt just a case of a
guy getting tired of his girlfriend
and trying to get pleasure
somewhere else; this is a case of a
man still struggling to admit who
he fundamentally is. Selfishly,
because it taps into my own
insecurities about being accepted
by that masculine sort of guy, Im
always available to help these
guys understand. Look at me, Im
writing this and still trying to be
diplomatic, still trying to exonerate
the defendant.
The conversation took a turn.
Its fine PJ, but Im just warning
you: If he changes in any way later
on, if he tells me anything, Ill
know its because of last night and
because of you.
As she walked away I realised
that she must have been under the
impression that I was some sort of
witch doctor or supervillain; that
I had injected Mike with a slow
moving toxin containing gayness
that wouldnt set in for maybe a
week? A month? Who knows? All
she knew was that it was my fault.
This is the moment that links
this story to countless more in my
past. Once again, I had become a
rejected name for a 90s alternative
rock band: The Gay Third Wheel.
I remember looking over at Mike
while me and Amelia spoke. He
kept his head down, deliberately
avoiding eye contact. You owe
Mike an apology, Amelia said,
bringing my attention back to her.
I know, I lied.
My guess is Mike was petrified
that I would tell everyone at work
that contrary to popular belief, he
was in fact gay. This led him to act
swiftly, to come clean to Amelia
(with amendments, obviously),
and hope she would believe him.
They were both young, just 20, and
so they did believe each other,
because its easy to trust people at
20, if you want to.
I finished my drink in the corner of
the room, placed it on a table, and
unsteadily made my way out of the
club, with blinders on either side of
my eyes. I had been in there for all
of ten minutes and I felt terrible.
My Oprah moment came later that
night when I finally arrived back
home in a taxi. I sat on my couch,
picked up the remote and waited
in silence.
Im sorry, PJ, I said.
I was apologising because I
let myself down. I chose to be
the Gay Predator. Maybe not
to the extent that Mike wanted
Amelia to believe, but I was a Gay
Predator nonetheless. I preyed
on his weakness, his uncertainty
in who he was, to find validation
within myself. I would have been
briefly satisfied that I didnt just
snag a gay, I snagged the best
type of gay: a gay that no one else
realises is gay.
Theyre still together. Im still
alone. Ive learned my lesson, I
suppose.
Oh, and I never
apologised to Mike.
She mustve been
under the impression
that I was some sort
of witch doctor or
supervillain
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UGANDA
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WHETHER YOU THINK ITS RIGHT
or wrong, the media often coin
sensationalist or buzzworthy
catchphrases for big news events,
and the Uganda anti-homosexuality
bill has, rather chillingly, been
dubbed the kill the gays bill, due
to its proposed death penalty clause.
Same-sex relationships between
both men and women were already
illegal in this deeply conservative,
Christian country.
But this bill, first proposed in 2009,
pushed state sponsored homophobia
even further. It would strengthen
the criminalisation of same-sex
relations, and expand its scope
to include citizens who engage
in homosexual acts even outside
Uganda, with offenders extradited
back to the country for punishment.
The bill would also punish
individuals and organisations who
have knowledge of or tolerate LGBT
individuals, those who support
LGBT rights or simply know of
homosexual activity they havent
reported. Effectively giving signed
government approval not just for
fear, ignorance and discrimination,
but for nationwide witch hunts. This
bill was passed through parliament
at the end of 2013, albeit with the
death penalty dropped in favour
of life imprisonment, largely due
to pressure from the international
community.
The temporary saving grace for
Ugandas LGBT citizens, which
activists estimate to be around
500,000 people, although its
impossible to know for sure, was
President Yoweri Museveni. He
refused to approve the controversial
bill, saying that gay people should
be rescued rather than killed
and criticised his parliament for
rushing through legislation before
the facts were studied in-depth. Dont
be fooled into thinking Museveni
has any sympathy for his rainbow
flag-waving citizens, however. He
refused to recognise being gay
as a sexual orientation, and was
quoted as describing gay people as
abnormal.
It could be that the Western
societies, on account of random
breeding, have generated many
abnormal people, Museveni
charmingly commented. He also
believes that women are only
lesbians because they fail to
marry. Add to this the threat of
overseas aid being withdrawn
thanks to Ugandas stance on LGBT
rights, Museveni finds himself in a
rather difficult position. Particularly
when his government can overrule
him and push the bill through if two
thirds of parliament approve it.
As with the recent homophobic
bill in Russia, many of the
recommendations for shoehorning
such discrimination into law arrive
under the guise of protecting
children. Links between
homosexuality and pedophilia
started to surface in increasingly
aggressive ways, complete with
manufactured facts and figures
on how gay people are much more
likely to abuse children than their
heterosexual counterparts.
Of course, religion has played
a pivotal role in the anti-gay
sentiment that permeates life in
Uganda, both as a hangover from
British colonial rule, when acts of
sodomy were criminalised and,
more recently, through a small
number of US evangelical church
groups, which are currently one
of the major driving forces of
homophobia in the country. So much
so that it was a series of talks by US
anti-homosexual activists that acted
as the catalyst for the original kill
the gays bill back in 2009, with one
of the main activists, Scott Lively,
acknowledging that he spoke with
Ugandan lawmakers about the bill.
For good measure, you can
also throw in some distinctly
dirty journalism from local
newspapers, most notoriously
from the now defunct Rolling
Stone publication (unaffiliated with
the American magazine), which
listed 100 prominent gay and
lesbian individuals and their home
addresses, along with the headline
Hang Them. It was not long after
this that Ugandan LGBT activist
David Kato was murdered by a man
who bludgeoned him in the head
with a hammer. To this day, the
details surrounding the case remain
mysterious, with local authorities
insisting that his death was nothing
to do with Katos work as an activist,
but rather a personal matter, with
the trial finding that Sidney Nsubuga
Enoch, a male prostitute, was
responsible for his death.
Kato was a man who was liked
and admired in his village and
worked tirelessly to help his entire
community. Coupled with a hasty
conclusion to the case by police,
many friends, colleagues and
family members were suspicious of
a cover-up. Regarding the alleged
involvement of the Rolling Stone
newspaper in Katos death, the
editor responsible for the Hang
Them list, Giles Muhame, stated,
I have no regrets about the story.
While the UK prepares for equal marriage, with the LGBT
community here finally receiving full equality in the eyes of the
law, the story is completely different for our brothers and sisters
in Uganda. Its undoubtedly one of the worst places in the world
in terms of gay rights, but there are a number of brave Ugandans
providing rays of hope against very significant odds
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We were just exposing people who
were doing wrong. Kato and two
others listed took the newspaper to
court and won 1.5 million Ugandan
Shillings (around 300) for violating
their fundamental rights.
David Kato worked for one of
Ugandas few LGBT charities,
Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG),
founded in 2004 by female-to-male
transgender activist Victor Mukasa.
If there was one positive thing to
come out of the tragic death of Kato,
it was the recognition it brought
both the charity and the plight of
LGBT Ugandans to an international
audience. Sadly, it also increased
fear, tension and paranoia within
the gay community there, added to
by American evangelical Christian
groups who continue to spread hate
and untruths about gay people to
the mass populace. When you live
in a country where the government,
authorities, church and media are
all vehemently, and often violently,
against a natural element of your
being that you cant control, its up
to charities like SMUG to provide
hope and a sense of community.
To fight for the rights, freedoms
and liberty that your countrys
lawmakers refuse to grant you.
For a gay man reading this in the
UK, its difficult to imagine what
daily life is like in a country where
96% of people are opposed to
same sex relationships, according
to a Pew Global Attitudes Project
survey. Where meetings, even just
with friends, have to be carefully
arranged, and sometimes using
code, even via emails or instant
messaging, because of the
repercussions individuals face if
suspected of being gay.
I cannot say that every person
who is gay would lead the same life,
says Frank Mugisha, chief executive
of SMUG. For activists like myself
it is different, because I have a high
profile in Uganda, so I will rarely get
problems from government or law
enforcers. But that doesnt mean Im
immune from getting arrested or
attacked. It puts me at a greater risk
because Im very public.
I dont know where an attack
is going to come from; it could be
neighbours or it could come from
friends. For gay people trying to
live their normal lives, its very
different. If a person who happens
to be gay is just walking down the
street, particularly a transgender,
if someone says, thats a gay
person they could get arrested just
for looking gay, or they could get
attacked.
Because of this, a large number
of people remain in the closet. No
one knows theyre gay, continues
Frank. They could get outed by the
media, disowned by their families,
lose their jobs or theres a high risk
of physical harassment.
It varies where you live too. You
wouldnt expect someone who
lives in an upscale business area
or neighbourhood to have as much
trouble as you would in the poorer
suburbs. Unfortunately, its difficult
for openly gay people to reach a
place where they can reside in more
affluent areas, as just admitting
it can provide limitations on
employment opportunities, as well
as making daily life difficult.
With the anti-homosexual bill
creating a charged atmosphere in
Uganda, a few LGBT activists and
some brave citizens held its first
gay pride parade on the outskirts of
capital city Kampala in 2012. Around
300 people turned out for the event,
and police constantly tried to
intervene by breaking up the march
or arresting people. Individuals
also reported being beaten up by
police, but the parade marched on
and proud participants, undeterred,
partied on into the night.
Buoyed by this expression of
freedom, activists and those
involved were determined to repeat
the pride celebrations in 2013, and
did so with five days of activities
and a theme of still here, still going
strong. This time around, police
gave permission for the Pride event
to go ahead and, while they were in
the vicinity of the main festivities,
they neglected to intervene and the
celebrations continued peacefully.
There are also glimmers of hope
from a few more forward thinking
people in Ugandas heterosexual
population too. Toward the end of
last year, Magembe Norman, who
is straight, filed a complaint to the
International Criminal Court against
three Ugandans, David Bahati,
a politician, Giles Muhame and
Martin Ssempa, an anti-gay pastor.
He started a petition which calls
for the three to be investigated for
crimes against humanity. For his
trouble, he was kicked out of his
home by his father and accused of
betraying Uganda. The progress
of the petition remains unknown at
the time of going to print.
The media in Uganda continue
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to publish lists of gay people,
often stylised as gay recruiters
with photos of the accused
still served up for all to see.
Journalists have been known
to infiltrate gay people, says
Frank. Homosexuality is a big
issue and it will sell newspapers.
Undeterred, activists like Frank,
Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera and
many others continue to fight against
the odds, rather than flee in fear.
Organisations such as SMUG and its
many umbrella charities, Freedom
and Roam Uganda, plus others
working underground, provide hope
for those who reside in the closet,
live in fear or dont have a voice.
We in the Western world have
fought, and largely won, many
rights and freedoms that LGBT
Ugandans can currently only dream
of. Its not just our responsibility
to help our brothers and sisters
there, and in the 83 other countries
where its still illegal to be gay,
its our duty. Online petitions and
correspondence to your local
Members of Parliament can add
pressure to international world
leaders, and donating to charities
like SMUG can help them gain
resources to spread their message
of hope and assist others currently
living in the shadows of fear. Frank
Mugisha, and many others, will
continue to fight. We mustnt let
them do it alone.
Frank Mugisha spoke with us thanks to the
Human Dignity Trust (humandignitytrust.
org). Find out more information about SMUG
(smug.4t.com) and Freedom and Roam
Uganda (faruganda.org)
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Like many people,
we had concerns
when we decided to
become parents. Initially, we were
worried that being a gay couple
would be something that would
result in an immediate no-no when
it came to adopting. Thankfully,
we were wrong.
The assessment to adopt is a
lengthy and intrusive process, and
it will send you back to places in
your past you thought youd buried
deep, deep underground. But it
has to be this way, because the life
of a child is at stake and, surely,
there couldnt be anything more
important than that.
Visits are planned and interviews
are arranged. Youll be questioned
about the past, present and future.
But not once will you be made to
feel that being gay is an issue when
it comes to raising kids. The whole
assessment process can take at
least six months, but once youre
approved as an adopter, the search
for your child begins.
For the past 18 months, we have
been the very proud parents
of our beautiful eight-year-old
daughter and our loveable six-
year-old son. Theyre both from
different background, but both
equally a part of us. Were a true
family in ever sense.
Our life couldnt be more
different. Its busy, enriched and
it never stops. But most of all we
love it. Our family and our true
friends are still here. They adore
our two kids and that love is mutual.
I now work from home. I do the
school runs, the food shop and take
care of the house. I organise the
holidays, their homework and the
after-school clubs. I thrive being
here for my family and I am, as the
kids say, their mummy bear.
Our home is filled with laughter
and every day is ended with a kiss
goodnight and a hug. Yes, that
even includes those days that are
a struggle for us as well.
So, can lesbians and gay men
be good parents? Let me end with
something our daughter said to us
the other day. Cuddled up on the
sofa, she looked up in my eyes
and said: Dad, I do
love the gays.
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important stuff, like Which
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English toffee
200g unsalted butter
150g caster sugar
3 tbsp glucose (available on the
baking aisle in supermarkets)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch flaked sea salt
75g dark chocolate,
roughly chopped
65g almonds (skin on),
roughly chopped
Place the butter, caster sugar and
glucose into a large saucepan
set over medium heat and cook,
stirring occasionally until the
butter and sugar have dissolved.
At that point, stop stirring
and cook until the mixture
reaches 148C on a jam/sugar
thermometer. Take the pan off the
heat and add the vanilla and sea
salt, stirring to combine. Pour this
into your prepared pan and set
aside for a couple of minutes.
Scatter the chocolate over the
still hot toffee and allow to melt
for a couple of minutes, before
spreading into an even layer,
finishing by sprinkling over the
almonds.
Allow the toffee to cool fully, at
least two hours, before breaking
up into pieces. This will keep
for a week if stored in an airtight
container.
Author of The Boy Who Bakes and Say It
With Cake, @TheBoyWhoBakes
Making candy at home has a bad rep; most
people assume its hard and even possibly
dangerous, boiling pots of sugar and all!
Yes, the sugar cooks to 148C, which is pretty
damn hot. But as long as youre sensible its
perfectly safe. To make this properly you do
need a little bit of kit a sugar thermometer.
But you can use a cheap 5 jam thermometer,
so no excuses! This is a classic toffee recipe
and its rather addictive. You may want to
share this stuff around, or even give as gifts.
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Last month, I boldly shared my
impetuous decision not to join
the masses on New Year`s diets.
However, a hop on the bathroom
scales sometime mid January
meant a speedy bit of back peddling
was required; calorie counting is
back with a vengeance.
I fnd abstention thoroughly
demoralising. However, in recording
each morsel that enters my mouth,
I`ve become acutely aware of what I
should be eating to avoid becoming
a complete porker; it`s amazing
how easy it is to pick up bad habits.
So I`m treating this period as a bit
of re-education, reminding myself
that a whole block of feta is a tad
excessive in a pasta dish for two
(see below) and that a banana really
can fll a niggling rumbling hole...
(Healthy) penne with feta,
lemon & chard
100g broccoIi orets
2 tbsp extra virgin oIive oiI
1/2-1 tsp crushed dried chiIIi
3 cIoves garIic, neIy sIiced
1/2 onion, neIy sIiced
1 Romano red pepper, cut into
5mm sIices
Zest of 3 Iemons and juice from 1
200g penne
100g chard, staIks removed, and torn
into rough pieces
100g feta cheese
8-10 torn basiI Ieaves
SaIt and bIack pepper
In a large saucepan, cook the
broccoli in boiling salted water
for three or four minutes until just
cooked. Using a slotted spoon,
remove the broccoli and refresh
under cold running water in a
sieve; drain and put to one side
(keep the boiling water in the pan
for the pasta).
Next, heat the olive oil in a frying
pan and add the crushed chillies
and garlic. Cook on a moderate
heat for a couple of minutes until the
garlic has just started to turn golden.
Then, add the red pepper and onion.
Season with salt and black pepper
and cook gently on a low fame,
stirring from time to time.
Cook the pasta in the boiling
water, following the guidelines on
the packet.
Once the onion and red pepper
has softened, add the cooked
broccoli. Using a wooden spoon,
break the broccoli up a little.
Next, add lemon zest and chard
until just wilted.
Once cooked, drain the pasta,
keeping back a little bit of the boiling
liquor. Mix the pasta and liquor with
the cooked vegetables and lemon
juice. Stir through the basil and 3/4
of the feta. Serve in bowls and top
with the rest of the cheese, and
drizzle over a little olive oil.
Alan Rosenthal is the author of Stewed!
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available on Amazon, @alanrosenthal3
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For an experienced athlete,
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industry boomed in the early
90s, becoming more popular
and widely spread as time
progressed. Supplements
are now readily available in
supermarkets like Asda and
Tesco, and even on the high
street in stores like GNC. On top
of that, theres an ever-growing
online market. But while there
are more supplements available
in the marketplace, it hasnt
helped us narrow down which
are best for our bodies and our
work outs.
Protein is something we all
hear a lot about. But what is it? In
simple terms protein helps your
muscles to recover and repair
more quickly after exercise.
Foods high in protein include
whey, fish, chicken, eggs, dairy
produce (milk, cheese, yoghurt,
etc), beef and soya. To gain
muscle, we should be aiming for
around 1.5g of protein per pound
of body weight.
Then we come to which protein
works best? Well, there are
faster-releasing proteins, like
whey, which get to the muscles
as quickly as possible. Whey
is the most commonly found
protein in leading supplements
due to its ability to reach the
muscles faster than food alone.
Then there are slower-released
proteins, like casein. This is most
commonly used before bed and
in the evenings. With casein
being a much slower releasing
protein, it stays in your body for
longer. Professional athletes,
for example, will try to consume
casein protein before bed so, as
he sleeps, the protein continues
to release and aid muscle growth
and recovery.
Some shakes can simply
contain just protein. Others will
come high in calories, while
others will be used as a meal
replacement. This is the part
where your body comes into
play. If youre naturally skinny,
or tall, you may find that holding
on to weight is quite difficult. In
which case, choosing a shake
with carbs and calories is your
best bet to bulking up. Those of
you who find you have to keep
your fat levels down to gain
weight will need to read the
labels extra carefully and stick to
the lower calorie shakes often
called lean shakes, which
normally means low in carbs,
calories and fat.
A good protein shake should be
the foundation of any supplement
use, as this is the building block
for your muscles. Ive trained
in the fitness industry for more
than 10 years now, and have
tried and tested a whole range
of supplements to find out what
works best for me and my body.
If youre asking, Im currently
using Oats and Whey by
Optimum Nutrition, blended
with peanut butter and banana
as soon as I wake up. Ill take
another serving right after my
work out, followed by BCAAs
thats branch chain amino acids
which helps deliver proteins to
the muscles.
Lastly, before bed, I use Pro
Release by Kinetica Nutrition,
which is a mixture of both slow
and fast releasing proteins
for maximum results. I also
take multivitamins to keep my
immune system high and prevent
me from getting ill, which would
of course have negative effects
on my training and weight. And
we dont want that, now.
There are thousands of
supplements readily available,
but dont always go for the
cheapest, or even the most
expensive. Try to have a bit of
knowledge about your body
and what works best for you. So
whether you gain weight fast or
slow use supplements to point
you in the right direction. Then,
its just as simple as reading the
labels.
Im trying to
grow and be
strict on my
diet but can I
ever cheat?
Of course! You
cant realistically
starve yourself
of the things you
love for the rest
of your life, or
even the rest
of your gym
going. This is
the thing that
makes people
stray from their
training the
most. It might be
hard ot believe,
but one bar of
chocolate or a
bag of crisps
wont hurt. Or
another, or
another. Having
a cheat day
once a week, or
even just one
or two naughty
meals a week,
will keep you on
track. It gives
you something
to focus on
and a reason
to stay strict,
knowing that
your treat day
is right around
the corner. Try
planning one
in and counting
down the days
it really gives
you something to
aim for.
This month I tried Complete by
Kinetica Nutrition an all-in-one
supplement. Not only does it contain
35g of protein and 24g of carbs,
but its also lled with those vital
BCAAs, creatine for cell volumisation,
glutamine to aid recovery, and is
free from all articial avours and
colourings. This is easily one of the
best all-in-ones on the market I
highly recommend
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HIV:
RECIPES
FOR LIFE
Something good
can come out of
even the most
trying situations and being
HIV-positive is no different.
It can be used as a catalyst to
build the kind of future you
want for yourself. For most of
us, being HIV-positive is no
longer a hopeless affair. Quite
the opposite. If you dont know
your own HIV status then having
a test is an opportunity to take
control. For those whore newly
diagnosed when the time is right,
there is treatment available
to manage the condition. For
those who are HIV-positive and
are already on treatment, they
too can take control. Treatment
offers a future and hope where
not so many years ago there was
seemingly none. So there is hope,
but what if you deep-down dont
believe that you can change your
life, or dont have high enough
self-esteem to believe that youre
even worth the effort to make the
difference?
Maybe you are HIV-positive and
have the sort of life that you want
already? But, many of us do not. A
lot of people who are HIV-positive
feel stuck in a rut, especially if
they have had the virus for a long
time. For everyone, at the very
least, there is always something
that could be a bit better. We
human beings can get trapped in
the monotony of routine and just
accept it. For some reason there
comes a point where we just seem
to settle for what we have instead
of trying to go the extra mile to get
what we really want. To me, its
the saddest thing when someone
gets a second chance and
future offered by anti-retroviral
treatment, and they dont grasp
it with both hands and attempt to
make a difference. Its as if theyve
become too tired to try.
I have said in a previous column
that often the hardest part is
making a choice for change for
something better. But what if, on
some deep level, we dont think
we deserve it or just cant see an
alternative? This kind of thinking
and poor self-esteem is one of
the biggest factors that holds HIV-
positive people back, I know. Ive
been there.
Theres still stigma around HIV
and we can be our worst enemies
when we internalise it and
consciously or sub-consciously
turn the guns on ourselves. This
has to be sorted out before there
can be any progression into a
bright new future. Poor self-
esteem and those nagging voices
in the back of our heads that tell
us that were not worth it are
the most undermining aspect of
trying to move forward. Speaking
from experience, if you really
cant find it in yourself to believe
youre worth the kind of life you
want... then fake it to make it!
One day it will all click into place;
youll not be able to help but
believe your own propaganda. It
will become the tangible reality.
Start with the small things. For
example; be kind to yourself
(very important), take your
tablets (even more important),
try and eat well, treat yourself to
something nice at least once a day,
do seemingly insignificant, but
productive things at home such
as cleaning out a drawer or clear
out the clothes you dont wear
anymore. Most importantly, allow
yourself time to daydream. It isnt
something wrong or pointless as
our teachers would tell us in the
classroom. Quite the contrary, its
the time when on a deeper level
we can find clarity as to what we
really want out of life.
If you dont think youre capable
of making sweeping changes to
your life, then see it as making
tiny refinements and adjustments
to what you already have. These
refinements build up in time to
become a bigger kind of change.
Try and refine something once a
day. Change starts with the small
things we do on a daily basis.
None of us know what is around
the corner. Its about preparing
the ground to ensure that when
the opportunity for a big change
does come along,
everything is set for it
to take root.
Its the
saddest
thing when
someone
gets a
second
chance
and future
offered by
treatment,
and they
dont grasp
it with both
hands. Its
as if theyve
become
too tired
to try
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Roshan Mahato
explains: Nepal is
a gay friendly and
progressive country in south Asia.
Socially and culturally, men and
women are allowed to walk, sit and
live together, which means many
gay couples are safe and living
comfortable lives without being
harassed by mainstream society. It
makes Nepal one of the safest and
most desired destinations among
LGBT tourists.
Nepal is also legally gay
friendly, and there are a number
of organisations working for the
rights of LGBT people in Nepal.
The Federation of Sexual and
Gender Minorities (FSGMN) is
receiving good support from the
Nepalese government, as well as
different national and international
organisations, supporting them to
create an environment to pursue
rights in Nepal. Gay marriage is
acceptable in Nepalese society, but
it is still not legalised. However, the
government of Nepal has already
started to issue citizenship with the
'others` category to represent gay,
lesbian and transgender people.
Academically-speaking, Nepal
is a fertile land for LGBT students.
Under guidance of the FSGMN, the
LGBT Student Forum has already
formed and actively been working
since 2009. It is continuously
raising awareness and creating
programmes among the professors,
faculty and student`s union in
universities and campuses. Every
year there`s an increase in students
doing their dissertation on issues
of sexuality and gender studies. In
some campuses and universities,
there are gay lecturers who are
directly supporting these issues.
In places like Thamel, Kathmandu,
there are a number of gay friendly
bars where LGBT people and
activists can gather to discuss issues
without fear. As a result, Kathmandu
is developing as a major tourist
destination for LGBT people.
Even though gay people are legally
accepted, it`s still very hard to come
out as gay in Nepalese society. Most
of the general population believe
that being gay means you`re a cross
dresser, therefore leading them into
forced marriages and the risk of HIV
and other STIs. But still, Nepal has
never been colonised and Hinduism
has always been supportive towards
homosexuality.
But before its legalisation by
the Supreme Court in 2007,
there were widespread negative
attitudes towards homosexuality.
Discrimination and stigmatisation
of known homosexuals was blatant,
and violence and police harassment
of individuals was commonplace.
When a policeman slit the throat
of a young transgendered girl,
it generated little publicity and
little public sympathy. However, it
gathered considerable support from
international agencies, many of
whom increased their funding and
public support. After the legalisation,
public understanding and
acceptance of homosexuality and the
acceptance increased slowly. Police
harassment and interference showed
a marked decrease.
Sunil Babu Pant has been largely
responsible for the progress of
LGBT rights in Nepal for more than
13 years. He is the frst openly gay
politician in Nepal and head of the
Blue Diamond Society. While he`s
widely respected at every level
of society and government, he`s
almost universally-held in the very
highest esteem throughout the LGBT
community, who see him as the most
important person to ever be involved
in the improvement of
the LGBT lifestyle in
Nepal.
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Recognition of same-sex couples
Joint and step adoption by same-sex couples
Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples
MSMs allowed to donate blood
YES
Same-sex sexual activity legal
Equal age of consent
Anti-discrimination laws in employment, the provision of
goods and services and in all other areas (inc. indirect
discrimination, hate speech)
Gays allowed to serve in military
Right to change legal gender
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UNITED STATES
KEY WEST
WORDS MARK CHESNUT
A
t one point or another,
youll see the bits of
nearly every guest at
Island House. After
all, its a men-only gay hotel with a
clothing-optional policy designed
to free you of that tacky tropical
wear you thought would be the
norm in Florida. So while you
wont necessarily get lucky with
anyone, youll definitely be treated
to some eye candy. As one regular
visitor told me, youll attract more
attention if you arent naked at
Island House.
Island House is an icon of
Key Wests popularity as a gay
mens destination; its clothes-
free attitude is a reflection of
the similarly relaxed vibe at
some bars on and around Duvall
Street, and proof that this once-
secessionist little island is one
of the most permissive gay
destinations in the United States.
Since flights into Key Wests
airport are limited, my partner
Angel and I flew into Miami
International Airport and rented
a car, making the nearly 130
mile scenic drive south along
the Overseas Highway, with a
couple quick stops for gas, photo
opportunities and refreshments.
Upon arrival, a friendly reception
clerk checked us in and gave us
a quick tour of the hotel while two
guys took our bags to the room.
Open since 1976, Island
House bills itself as the longest
continuously-operating mens
guesthouse, and the current
owners a gay couple who
bought the property in 1999
have spent an estimated $2.5
million on renovations over the
past decade, introducing high-
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quality mattresses, flat-screen
televisions, digital cable service
(which includes three free porn
channels), free WiFi and custom-
made furniture. The adult video
lounge which has a back room
and a hall of mirrors is the most
recent to undergo renovation. All
guest rooms are air-conditioned
and equipped with rather upscale
amenities.
The architecture of the property is
classic 1890s Key West style. Over
the years, the buildings that make
up this compound-like property
have served as private residences,
a boarding house, a laundromat
and even a cigar factory a nod
to the islands once-tight cultural
links with nearby Cuba. Today, the
hotel is home to a variety of modern
features, including a small but well-
equipped gym with shower area
and indoor Jacuzzi, with vaguely
Greco-Roman wall murals as well as
a sauna and steam room.
Near our room, men of various
ages in various stages of dress
bobbed about the large, palm-
fringed swimming pool, chatting
and making quick dashes to the
poolside bar and restaurant, which
is open 24 hours a day. The disco
ball hanging innocuously above the
pool was another unsubtle hint that
this was a gay hotel.
Be sure to go to the bar at
happy hour, the clerk advised
as he dropped us off at our room.
Our accommodations were in the
KP2 Pool category a deluxe
poolside room with private bath,
two queen beds, a desk and a wet
bar/kitchenette with mini-fridge,
microwave and coffee maker. The
earth-toned dcor was soothing and
tasteful, with lots of throw pillows.
Compared to my last clothing-
optional hotel experience, this was
like staying at the Westin.
A pair of artistically coiled sarongs
lay on one bed, ready to become our
resort wear while on the property.
We grabbed the hotels Aveda bath
amenities and took quick showers
before changing clothes and
heading downstairs for the first of
the nightly happy hours Angel in
sexy Speedo-style swimwear, and
I in my puffy Walmart finest and an
unflattering aquatic shirt, to protect
my pasty, redheaded-vampire skin
from the sun.
Happy hours are big draws for
many bars and hotels, and at Island
House its an especially attractive
proposition, since it includes an
open bar with a variety of alcoholic
beverages for both hotel guests
and visitors whove paid for a
daily or weekly pass. From 5:30
to 7pm every night, the bar, caf
and pool area are packed with
happy, socialising vacationers and
locals. That first day, we divided
our time between the bar area and
the bathtub-warm waters of the
swimming pool, where blue noodle
flotation devices and floating lounge
chairs made it easier to stay in the
deep end while imbibing.
We quickly noticed that Island
House attracts a variety of gay
men for the most part, a mish-
mash of US types from around the
nation, with some visitors from
other countries as well. Ages varied
widely, and the ambiance was more
jovial and festive than cruise-y
(although several repeat visitors
advised us that the video lounge,
as well as the hot tub in the other
courtyard, were the cruising areas
of the hotel).
We spoke with a variety of friendly
types: a South Asian guy in a red,
box-cut bikini who was raised in
Scotland, taught college in Ithaca
and now served as a professor of
religion and sex in south Florida.
I needed to get away alone, get
away from work, he explained as
he sipped a cocktail. I was a bit
nervous when I arrived, so I said to
myself, let me have a drink, and
now I feel fine.
Indeed, Key Wests friendliness
and randiness is fuelled to a
certain extent by booze, and its
nudist leanings are part hippie-
style freedom of expression and
acceptance and part cruise-y, in-
your-face sexuality, as evidenced
by the guy at the bar who enjoyed
pulling my boyfriends Speedos
down every time he walked by.
We also spoke with a trio of
transplants from Syracuse, Buffalo
and somewhere in Michigan, whose
stories I honestly cant remember
due to the two and a half hour open
bar. I do recall, however, that they
explained why locals love Island
House: the membership and day
passes. You can pay one fee and
use the gym, the pool and even
enjoy the happy hour with free
key west
We took a dip in the
pool and spoke with
a guy wed seen
the night before
receiving a blow
job at a bar. He was
nude again, but
solitary, relaxing
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drinks, one guy explained.
Happy hour at Island House also
serves as an opportunity to find out
about local nightlife; just after our
conversation, two tall drag queens
teetered in to distribute flyers,
promoting a drag show that night at
a nearby gay bar.
Happy hour segued into dinner,
and I nursed a giant Kahlua with
milk, accompanied by a tasty
Angus beef burger while Angel
guzzled a Red Stripe and nibbled
at a plate of Buffalo wings. The food
was better than we expected, and
the strong (and free) WiFi allowed
me to catch up with some work just
steps away from cavorting nudists.
That night, we took a 15-minute
walk to go bar-hopping, and came
back to find the after-dark pool
scene considerably quieter, with
the disco ball glistening over the
warm waters as a few men quietly
chatted. We changed in our room
and went to the pool for a nightcap,
while striking up conversations
with several guys, including a
couple visiting from the northeast
whod never been to a gay hotel
before. Ive been working out for
months just so I could go naked
while Im here, he told us. The
following night, wed join them for
dinner onsite, with two members of
our party dining in the nude.
On our final day, we took one
last dip in the pool and spoke with
a guy wed seen the night before
receiving a blow job at a bar
called Saloon. He was nude again
today, but solitary, relaxing in the
pool and wearing a hat he told
us hed fashioned after one worn
by a homeless guy with whom he
used to have an ongoing sexual
relationship. When we told him
we were about to drive back to the
airport in Miami, he advised us:
You MUST come back for Fantasy
Fest. It makes Mardi Gras in New
Orleans look like kid stuff.
GT stayed Island House, Fleming Street,
Key West, Florida, islandhousekeywest.com
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