Attitude UK Magazine - September/October 2023
Attitude UK Magazine - September/October 2023
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In this issue
Meet the Heartstopper Season 2 extended family! PLUS: Jimbo, Adore Delano, I Kissed A Boy, Róisín Murphy, the first queer rights protest in Cold War Berlin, Dr Ranj on anxiety and more.
Happily married couple Mark Gatiss and lan Hallard have collaborated on a play inspired by lan's devotion to ABBA. Now beginning its UK tour, The Way Old Friends Do is not about the Swedish superstars, but two mates performing as ABBA in drag. We interviewed the pair to find out more...
Welcome to MIAMI
We explore the queer and vibrant streets of Miami Beach before getting a feel for Wynwood, Miami's trendy up-and-coming neighbourhood
Work of ART
Michael F. Rumsby always aspired to be an artist. After a very successful career in PR, he's now following his passion full time, as he shares here
Meet a fashion icon who can do it all. Sakeema Peng Crook is an international model, content creator, dancer and activist whose mantra is embodying positive change
Not content with making the nation laugh, comedian turned campaigner Joe Lycett has taken to speaking out on the issues of the day - from David Beckham becoming the face of antigay Qatar in the World Cup to the UK government's immigration policy. We loved him before but now we love him even more...
In 2020, Dani St James founded Not A Phase, a charity that wants to make a difference for trans and gender-diverse adults. Here, she tells us more
A breath of FRESH AIR
From encouraging cycling to implementing Ultra-Low Emission Oliver Lord has made London's controversial Zone, eco campaigner great strides towards cutting pollution
Freer THAN EVER
Actor Adam Ali on bringing their \"queer Arab magic\" to film and TV, including Waterloo Road, coming out, and how they hope to inspire and influence positive change through representation
As one of the few publicly gay professional swimmers, Team GB's Daniel Jervis discusses coming out, the highs and lows of 2022 and what's up next
Baptism OF FIRE
Here, globetrotting guru and founder of LGBTQ+ travel website Every Queer, Meg Ten Eyck writes about her recent trip to Burning Man
Commentator and activist Karine Jean-Pierre is the first Black and LGBTQ+ press officer for the White House, fighting for racial justice and LGBTQ+ rights across America
As he takes the lead in a mainstream movie for the first time to portray a gay dad - actor Ben Aldridge shares how queer roles have taught him more about himself than he could ever have imagined. In this revealing interview, he also reflects on how he struggled to overcome enduring feelings of shame about his sexuality
Alice's WONDERLAND ♡
With its tender depiction of sexuality and gender in all its myriad forms, Heartstopper has delivered the representation the queer community has been waiting generations for. As this year sees the publication of the final book in the series, Attitude talks to our Person of the Year, Alice Oseman about their game changing creation
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How to get seduced by a car: cover 1,000 miles in three days in hope rather than expectation. Five stars. Would recommend
A Cut Above
David McGillivray meets Swan Song star Udo Kier, the legendary, openly gay actor you may never have heard of
You are not alone
Attitude celebrates the work of LGBT+ youth charity Allsorts Youth Project, which provides support and a sense of community for young people who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity, and their families
THIS WOMAN'S WORK
As the only openly lesbian member of the Welsh Parliament, North Wales's Hannah Blythyn is already one of a kind. Now she's on a mission for a total ban on so-called 'conversion therapy' in Wales - and to make it Europe's most LGBTQ+-friendly country, as Attitude discovered
With high-profile roles in Marvel's Hawkeye series and Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon, and taking over as The Emcee in the West End's revival of Cabaret, Fra Fee tells Attitude's Will Stroude how he's keeping his feet on the ground
The spirit of SOUL PRIDE
Cliff Joannou journeys to Berkshire for Soul Pride, a new festival that is asking us to dive into the mind and body to rediscover what it means to be proud and LGBTQ+ today
EUROPRIDE AND PREJUDICE
As Belgrade prepares to host EuroPride in September, Martijn Tulp explores its fundamental role in the battle for LGBTQ+ rights in Serbia
Mauritius is a lush island oasis with a melting pot of languages and cultures. Attitude's travel editor meets some of its LGBTQ+ residents to uncover what life is really like here
THE LONG, LONG MARCH
The first Pride parade in London 50 years ago was preceded by hundreds of years of struggle, with sexual liberation at its core. David McGillivray looks back at its multifarious history and some of the brave pioneers who risked their lives for wanting to be themselves
SHE'S GOT ATTITUDE - Christine Quinn
Ever wonder where Mean Girls' Regina George is now? If, in 2004, she was 16, she'd be in her early 30s now... and Selling Sunset's Christine Quinn is 33. Just saying. But how fabulous - or fabulously rude - is Netflix's queen of mean? We investigate...
FLIPPING THE SCRIPT
Attitude meets the dynamic cast continuing Russell T Davies' LGBTQ+ legacy (and giving viewers a Queer Eyeful) in Peacock's sexually explosive new show about resilience, self-acceptance and chosen family
Dating? We all make mistexts
Today, I met up with the hottest man who has ever wanted to go on a date with me. A gorgeous face, a body like Hercules, a winning smile, an abundance of talent and charm - the jackpot. He may actually be the best-looking man I've ever seen in real life.
I'M JUST A HOLE FOR... THE TOXICITY OF TOP AND BOTTOM CULTURE
Let's face it: Drag Race's conveyor belt of bottom-shaming jokes ("Ross Mathews isn't a top, he's a blouse" Bosco, SE14) are probably part of the problem. From "dom tops" to "no bottoms", does the gay male power imbalance of who fucks who fuck us all over in the end?
I make Russian state propaganda
RAINBOW WORLD | Sergey* on life as a closeted gay man and Russian propagandist in Moscow
DRIVER FOR CHANGE
In an Attitude exclusive for Pride month, Aston Martin's four-time Formula One World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, talks putting his foot down about anti-gay prejudice as Hungary PM Viktor Orbán and Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud watch on
3 of the best...Gay Sailing Trips
Italian friends Sergio and Kendall are the masterminds behind Italy Gay Travels, a company that organises gay tours, events, and bespoke tailor-made trips in Italy.
"I'm a provincial gay, not a metropolitan gay" – Luke Pollard
During a day spent with Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Jamie Tabberer questioned the hardworking, publicly gay politician about his take on transphobia, LGBTQ+ equality in the regions and his love for Lego. It's no wonder Pollard has carved a deserving place in his native city's affections...
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Publisher: Stream Publishing
Launched in March 1994, Attitude is the best-selling gay magazine in the UK and Europe and the world’s biggest LGBTQ media brand. The print title is sold in 31 countries worldwide, and has been translated into native language in Belgium, the Netherlands, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. In digital form, the magazine is available to download to a phone, tablet or desktop and has readers in over 120 countries.
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