GAY TIMES MAGAZINE • ISSUE 496
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SUMMER OF PRIDE
In an age of algorithms, fake followers and more influencer drama than you can wave an endorsed beauty wand at, Bretman Rock brings refreshing authenticity to the realms of social media. Rising to viral fame as a teenager, Bretman's millions of fans have come to expect far more than beauty and makeup tips, with his unique personality and message of 'living your damn truth' captivating his global audience. We spoke with Bretman on growing up on Instagram, the capital D Drama of the beauty industry, and why Pride is so important to him.
"I’ve always been comfortable with my identity, even when I was in third grade, I went to water play with a two-piece bikini."
2019 is a historic year for actor, activist and red carpet assassin Billy Porter. Like the modern LGBTQ liberation movement, Billy turns 50 in June. In an exclusive interview, Pose writer and activist Janet Mock speaks to her friend about deconstructing masculinity with his unparalleled fashion lewks, why he “never imagined that I could be a black, gay, out leading man”, and the pair reveal what we can expect from the hotly anticipated upcoming season of Ryan Murphy's groundbreaking series.
"I stand on the shoulders of my black folks who came before me and know what it feels like to be disenfranchised. It’s a continued call to action for me and I hope that everybody in the LGBTQ community can come together and continue to fight for equality."
“In my fantasy, I’ve been on the cover of every magazine,” says fan-favourite Drag Race alum Valentina, so it should hardly come as a surprise that she’s now gracing ours! The iconic performer has quickly become one of the most famous drag queens in the world, and after recently coming out as non-binary, is providing positive representation to a global fanbase of queer youth. Fulfilling not only her fantasy, but ours too, the superstar spills the T on All Stars 4, appearing as Angel in Fox’s live adaptation of Rent, and the love and support she’s found from the trans and gender non-conforming communities.
"Since coming out as non-binary, I’ve connected with a lot more of the trans community. I’ve gone to safe trans places and it’s such a beautiful community that look out for one another. I want to thank the community for being so kind with me, and I’ve been trying my best to advocate for them in Latin America because there isn’t a lot of safe spaces."