REECE KING Queer British model Reece King returns to our cover louder, stronger and even prouder than he was before. Blurring the binary is one of the joys of the job for model and influencer Reece King. “I love it,” says the pusher of envelopes and challenger of masculine norms. “I didn’t have the language for it when I was younger so it’s interesting to go from constantly being told that what I’m naturally doing isn’t acceptable or isn’t seen as understandable to now not having to be just one thing,” he explains as we chat on set. When Reece first spoke to Gay Times Magazine as our February 2018 cover star, he’d already tweeted about his bisexuality. “But it was like my identity wasn’t fully formed,” he says now. “There was so much pressure to show my identity to the world even though I didn’t really know what it was myself. I do still feel like I’m learning. I feel like I know who I am but I’m still in the process of unravelling my identity. I think that’s an eternal thing - that I think I’m gonna keep finding more of myself.” Identifying now as queer, we speak to Reece about the shift of visibility for LGBTQ models in the industry, using his privilege to help other queer people of colour, and why the future relies on continuing to blur lines. BENNY DRAMA Benny Drama is at the forefront of a new wave of queer comedians breaking the internet daily with their cleverly edited, perfectly contained, LOL-inducing brand of observational comedy. If you’ve not seen the video that propelled Benny to internet fame yet, you need to seek it out immediately. It includes Antoni Porowski’s signature Canadian twang with a lisp, Tan France’s obsession with “printed shirts” and Jonathan Van Ness’s “So, like, Ron is basically this little baby caterpillar, he is crawling up the tree ready to just get in his little cocoon and pop out. Metamorphosis! Hilary Duff! Yes! Hello! OK hunny!” Uncanny and on-the-head only just begin to describe how brilliant his parody of Queer Eye is.
Gay Times • Issue No. 501 | Since 1984
A note from us.
the love list.
smart(er)phones • Four of the latest handsets taking us into the future of smartphones.
XEAN PEAKE. • Meet the breakout star of The Confirmation set for Academy Awards success.
GAY TIMES HONOURS 500
ANDRÉ ACIMAN. • The Call Me By Your Name author on writing it’s highly-anticipated sequel, Find Me.
SHURA. • The Mancunian singer-songwriter on her fascination with religion and how we can combat sexism within the industry.
TESS HOLLIDAY. • The queer model on coming out and walking the runway for the plus size queens out there.
Benny-Drama • How comedy helped Benito Skinner come out.
MARS RUCKER. • Meet the transenby/non-binary trailblazer making queer history on Broadway.
TORRAINE FUTURUM. • The model and musician on the power of queerness within their art.
EDWARD GRANGER. • From the runway to the art world, this queer artist is giving back to others in the hope of a brighter tomorrow.
DORIAN ELECTRA. • Meet the gender-fluid singer-songwriter making pop music fun again.
Reece King • The queer British model returns to our cover louder, stronger and even prouder than he was before.
RAYLY AQUINO. • This gay deaf model doesn’t give a fuck about your limitations.
ALEXANDRA BILLINGS. • The Transparent actor on why she is ‘supposed to be dead, not making history in Wicked’.
TEGAN & SARA. • The Canadian pop duo on how sexism and homophobia hasn’t changed in the music industry.
Travel. • the big trip.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida,
The Mandrake, London.
Sir Victor, Barcelona.
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