This is certainly not the summer issue we'd initially planned, but the newly-named Solidarity Issue is built up of people, organisations, and creativity that aims to make queer people feel less alone in the world right now. In his cover story for this issue, How COVID-19 Has Changed Our Community Forever, Alim Kheraj has been speaking to LGBTQ+ people from across society on both the negative and unexpected positive impact this pandemic has had on queer people and our future as a community. He’s spoken with queer healthcare workers, business owners, DJs, and historians about how lockdown has shaped our experiences, derailed our Pride parades, affected LGBTQ+ issues, and what the future could look like once we return to some semblance of normality again. No stranger to a summer anthem, Anne-Marie is on the cusp of releasing new music. The singer opens up to us in her cover story about her honesty policy when it comes to mental health, how she likes to blur gender boundaries when it comes to fashion, and why it’s important she sings her inclusive lyric “my love is gender-free” in spaces where it needs to be heard. This summer, Love, Victor finally makes its way to our screens. A television spin-off of the hugely popular gay romcom Love, Simon (and the Becky Albertelli novels they are based on), we speak with leading man Michael Cimino and showrunner Brian Tanen about one of the most anticipated LGBTQ+ series of the year. If that wasn’t enough, we also chat with the hosts of HBO’s new Ballroom competition series Legendary, catch up with Josef Salvat about his career-defining new album, and talk to queer hitmaker to the stars, Justin Tranter. Now, more than ever, is a time for us to come together and remind each other that - even without our physical Pride spaces this year - we are stronger united. Stay safe and we hope you enjoy The Solidarity Issue.
Gay Times • Issue 507 June 2020
A note from us.
the love list.
Why Apple’s 2020 iPad Pro has the MAGIC TOUCH.
MEZ • The Music That Made Me.
ELEVATE. • Supporting emerging queer voices is more vital than ever.
HOW COVID-19 WILL CHANGE OUR COMMUNITY FOREVER.
MEET THE QUEER SONGWRITERS BEHIND YOUR FAVOURITE HITS.
JUSTIN TRANTER. • How a queer glam rock star ended up writing the biggest pop hits in the world.
MICHAEL CIMINO • The star of Love, Simon spin-off series Love, Victor opens up about bringing the beloved LGBTQ+ movie to the small screen.
LEGENDARY. • It’s about to get FIERCE up in here.
HAPPYNESS. • What’s more punk-rock than drag?
How lockdown is having a disproportionate impact on LGBTQ+ youth.
JOSEF SALVAT. • The Australian singer-songwriter has just dropped the most relatable album of 2020.
ANNE-MARIE • The British pop sensation gets real.
INSIDE THE GAY MARRIAGE SCAM.
ABISHA. • The London-based singer-songwriter is fighting for queer and Black visibility.
FRANZ SOZNY. • The photographer, artist and musician on how the current pandemic will cause “another creative renaissance”.
SHOP THE RUNWAY • summer’s in the bag!
Queendom. • Strut into our queer court of couture. Serving equal parts camp and seductive, and honestly at times geometrically a cultural fashion moment. Where else would you wear a guitar shaped dress? So whether it’s a fluff-ball feathered creation, a floral jumpsuit with a six-foot cape, or a latex/lace hybrid dress from your girl Gucci, your fashion better be freaky, fierce and fearless - otherwise it’s off with your head! Period.