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Go behind the scenes of Marina’s retro GAY TIMES cover shoot

Marina is back after a four-year hiatus and she’s serving retro glam. The queen of Welsh pop – formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds – has just released her fourth studio album, Love + Fear, fronted by critically-acclaimed bops such as Handmade Heaven, Orange Trees and Baby (with Clean Bandit). The album became her fourth consecutive top ten in the UK and her second highest charting album in the US. In celebration of her massive comeback, we spoke to Marina for our Sounds Like Queer Spirit issue. Marina told...
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Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher hopes the film’s gay scenes won’t be censored in anti-LGBTQ countries

Having seen Rocketman – the new fantasy musical biopic based on Elton John’s life – we’re very happy to report that it is, like the man himself, very gay. The new film sees Taron Egerton take on the role of the iconic British musician, while Richard Madden plays John Reid, his former lover and manager. When it came to portraying their relationship on screen, director Dexter Fletcher did not hold back. There’s emotion, tension, desire, heartache and, in what is being described as a first in a huge mainstream movie...
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Abisha on the importance of black and queer representation in the media

“It’s really important to see gay and black people in the media and in culture, because that’s how people growing up in smaller places will know that there’s another world out there,” says Abisha. The rising singer-songwriter has lived in London for the past five years, and has made a name for herself in the queer and black communities with autobiographical songs such as pop anthem Nothing Matters and the alternative R&B jam All That (the latter of which is close to reaching 200,000 streams on Spotify). Before then, Abisha...
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Ruth Hunt on Stonewall 30: ‘True equality is a collective struggle. We can’t leave anyone behind’

Pride season is an incredibly special time for our community. It’s when lesbian, gay, bi and trans people from all backgrounds and corners of the world, come together to celebrate who we are and the progress we’ve achieved as a united movement. I’ve been going to Pride for over 20 years now and I’m still thrilled every year to see so many LGBTQ people proudly being themselves in public. Pride is more than just a celebration. It’s an opportunity for our community to reflect on how we got to where...
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Exclusive interview: Taron Egerton hopes Rocketman will lead the way for gay stories in major studio films

With a personality and career as illustrious and eccentric as Elton John’s, it was pretty much a given that a biopic of his life wouldn’t be a straight-forward affair. (Pun intended.) Starring Taron Egerton as the iconic British singer-songwriter, Rocketman has been billed as a “fantasy musical,” blending traditional biopic storytelling with fantastic sequences soundtracked by some of Elton’s most famous songs. There are moments when this big-screen portrayal of the musician magically floats in mid air, or performs one of his legendary songs underneath water. It adds a sense...
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10 of the best “And I oop” memes from Drag Race star Jasmine Masters

Jasmine Masters has gone viral yet again. The legendary Drag Race queen – who first appeared on the show’s seventh season and later returned to the franchise for All Stars 4 – has become one of, if not the most, viral and meme-worthy stars from the entire franchise. Since her departure in the show’s seventh season, Jasmine has uploaded hundreds videos onto her YouTube page, all of which provide an honest commentary on everything, from how to successfully roll a blunt and how to fight depression. Back in 2016, she...
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Ashley Roberts: ‘Burlesque film was based around story of Pussycat Dolls’

This June, former Pussycat Dolls and Strictly Come Dancing star will make her West End debut in hit musical Waitress. Ashley will make her premiere alongside RENT and Eurovision star Lucie Jones in Sara Bareilles’ hit musical – the pair will play Dawn and Jenna for a strictly limited summer season this summer, starting 17 June. No stranger to performing on stage, Ashley took to the Strictly dance floor and showed off her best Buttons moves – taking her all the way to the final. But it wasn’t the idea of...
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Go behind the scenes on Pabllo Vittar’s fierce GAY TIMES cover shoot

Pabllo Vittar was born to be a cover girl. Despite her home country being known as the ‘LGBTQ murder capital of the world’ and electing a homophobic president, drag superstar Pabllo has become an international sensation and a beacon of hope for Brazil’s maligned queer community. So naturally, we had to get her on our cover. For our Sounds Like Queer Spirit issue, which shines a light on the best in leading and up-and-coming queer musical talent – as well as their allies – Pabllo werked the camera and spoke...

Premiere: Watch GESS’ new video for R&B/synthpop track Freezing Warm

GESS has unveiled the music video for his dark, synthpop single Freezing Warm. Directed by Shawn Adeli – who’s helmed clips for Drag Race queens such as Monét X Change, Blair St. Clair and Manila Luzon – the video for Freezing Warm sees the queer singer-songwriter in two alternate realities. “Throughout the story, the “normal” reality shows me alone with no partner going through the motions, but suddenly everything goes red and he’s back in the picture,” he told us of the video. “He’s physically there but completely stoic and...
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Milly Pye on new single Boys R Drugs and how Katy Perry helped her realise she’s bisexual

Milly Pye is part of a new wave of queer artists making no apologies for who they are. While previous generations of pop stars have waited until later in their career to come out as part of the LGBTQ community – largely down to a lack of acceptance from society – we’re seeing more and more young singers being open from the start. “It’s important to know that it’s not an issue within yourself, it’s other people who need to change, and the only way that we can allow that...
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