LAUV The US singer-songwriter has built a massive fanbase – and a significant LGBTQ following – for his bared-soul approach to songwriting. He speaks candidly about mental health to break down stigma and create safe spaces for vital conversation between people who may be suffering. He’s a modern-day pop prince, singing directly about the ups and downs of life in a progressive and refreshing way. But central to the message of his music is self-acceptance and learning to love yourself so you can better love those around you. You don’t have to listen too hard to understand why millions of people – and particularly those who feel like outsiders – connect with his music. So this month remember that love comes in many forms. Whether it’s your family – chosen or otherwise – your partner, your cat, your dog, Baby Yoda. Take a moment to reflect on the love that surrounds you and channel it within yourself and outwardly towards our amazing community. Make sure you check out some of the incredible LGBT History Month events taking place all over the UK and learn something new about our queer ancestors. Take some allies and give them a queer history lesson too. And if you can’t see them in person, take the opportunity to do your own research online. As a wise prophet once said: “Google it.” But most of all, this month make sure you take some time to focus on yourself and love the person you are just that little bit more. Realise your worth, feel energised in your power, and live like the beautiful human being you are meant to be.
A note from us
the love list
i love me • Beauty and grooming tech to make you feel like your best self.
OPEN DOOR: THE START OF A CAMPAIGN • How a schoolboy’s train journey led to trials, tragedy and a change in the law.
queer Love songs
VICTORIA MONET • With her most honest songwriting yet on the way, 2020 is Victoria’s for the taking.
LAUV • The US singer-songwriter on his unwavering friendship with Troye Sivan, being honest about mental health, and why being an LGBTQ ally is “incredibly important to him”.
GIA WOODS • She’s the future pop superstar we’ve been waiting for.
JILLIAN MERCADO • The trailblazing model is making history (again).
queer love stories that made history
TALIWHOAH • The out and proud R&B star is embracing her identity.
NICOLE RAQUEL DENNIS • The Dear Evan Hansen star talks about landing her life-changing role in the hit musical, the importance of representation in the West End and why the show’s themes resonate with the LGBTQ community.
NASTY CHERRY • Pop’s most exciting new band are throwing out the rulebook.
SASHA VELOUR • The legendary performer is using their solo extravaganza, Smoke & Mirrors, to show you what Drag Race couldn’t.
RICKY KING • Meet the designer behind one of the most striking sustainable fashion labels out there right now.
THE GAME IS FINALLY LISTENING
Travel. the big trip
The Farm, Philippines
Treehouse Hotel, London
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Check in • The latest and greatest in the world of travel; from the hottest new hotels to those must have accessories.
Aspen. the ski trip. • What happens when a famously LGBTQ-friendly brand, W Hotels, gets implicated in the world’s oldest Gay Ski Week? A party in the snow, duh.
Fashion Richard Quinn • In a twilight world of political tragedy, the magic and romance of Quinn’s fashion sanctuary is the ray of couture we need.
SHOP THE SCENT • Mark your lover/territory, or yourself with the perfect signature scent. Choose from delicate, feminine florals; flirty, punchy citruses; or daringly delve into notes of nostalgic earthy woods.
Queer Beauty • Get drenched and have your...