GAY TIMES MAGAZINE • ISSUE 495
SOUNDS LIKE QUEER SPIRIT
Celebrating the LGBTQ affinity with music, each voice in this special issue of Gay Times Magazine is committed to advancing the journey of queer people across the globe, while also giving us plenty of bops to get emotional to, identify with, but most importantly, play loudly and proudly in celebration.
Gay Times Magazine, as so many of our favourite pop stars, has been on a rollercoaster of evolution, and tomorrow we too will enter a new era. With our 500th consecutive issue just around the corner, every single step of the Gay Times Magazine production process has been upgraded. From paper stock to set design, typography to couture - we're truly able to offer a premium product, in the vibrant quality that our community deserves.
Pabllo Vittar is a wonderful anomaly. Her home country, Brazil, has the highest recorded murder rate of LGBTQ people in the world, and recently elected an openly homophobic president who once said he’d rather his son die in a car accident than come home with a boyfriend. Yet here we have a proud gay drag queen representing Brazil’s vibrant queer community on a global scale, boasting the largest Instagram following of any drag queen in the world (8.3 million) and doing stratospheric numbers on YouTube (her most successful single K.O. is currently sitting pretty at 333 million views). We caught up with the icon on the reality of living out loud as a queer person in Brazil, her struggles to crack the music industry in drag, and why you won't see her competing on Drag Race.
“Be yourself, respect and love yourself and other people, I want people to know that you can be whoever you want to be and no one can tell you otherwise. Everyone should know that they are beautiful and amazing the way they are. All the time.”
There was a time not so long ago that Marina Lambrini Diamandis – the singer formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds, who has now adopted the mononym MARINA – thought she would never do a glamorous photoshoot again... Thank god she changed her mind! The Love + Fear singer speaks on returning to the world of pop, removing herself from the toxicity of stan Twitter, and the close affinity between gay men and female artists.
“When a woman uses her voice in public or speaks up, men send abuse to that female figure, what matters is you’re saying something, and they basically want to silence you.”
At 40 years of age, and with seven albums under his belt, everyone’s favourite Pop Idol is finally doing it his way. Will Young has been a staple of English pop culture over the last two decades, and his incredible new album Lexicon sees him returning to the limelight once again with a new perspective on himself and the music industry. Will speaks on going independent, supporting emerging queer artists, being openly gay in the music industry and just what it means to be a pop star at 40.
“I remember when I used to go to Holland right after Pop Idol about 18 years ago, no-one ever asked me once about my sexuality. They literally didn’t even care. So I think we’re getting there now. It might come up in passing like, ‘Do you have a boyfriend?’ but now it’s completely different.”
After six years as a member of Fifth Harmony, the US girl group who took the world by storm, Lauren Jauregui is going solo in the best way possible. Already featured on tracks with the likes of Halsey, Steve Aoki and Ty Dolla $ign, Lauren's debut single Expectations proved she was a force to be reckoned with. Openly bisexual, the singer speaks on how she's inspired by modern LGBTQ activism, finding herself as a solo artist, and why political ignorance is dangerous in our increasingly bigoted climate.
“I think it’s kind of dangerous not to be involved. Right now, there’s a lot of purposeful rhetoric, a lot of propaganda and a lot of falsehood going around. I think we should be looking at the facts - and checking on them, and discussing what they mean.”