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Gay Times has been im­por­tant to me per­son­ally for as long as I’ve known that I’m gay. I be­lieve in Gay Times’ en­dur­ing abil­ity to speak to the myr­iad ex­pe­ri­ence of our wider world. We main­tain our prom­ise to our in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of mod­ern men, as the long­est run­ning LGBTQ pub­li­ca­tion in the world, to el­e­vate the dis­cus­sion sur­round­ing all mem­bers of our vast and var­ied com­mu­nity.

Our re­launch rep­re­sents a huge step along that jour­ney. For in­stance, Boy Ge­orge: the en­dur­ing hero and na­tional trea­sure who has rein­vented him­self, whilst pre­serv­ing au­then­tic­ity through­out his ca­reer. At Gay Times we en­deav­our to re­main true to our­selves while we rein­ter­pret what it means to serve our com­mu­nity now, and for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Gay Times is larger than any in­di­vid­ual or any com­pany. There are so many of us that re­mem­ber our first ex­pe­ri­ence with this his­toric mag­a­zine. This pub­li­ca­tion con­sis­tently re­de­fines the stan­dard that our com­mu­nity de­mands, as they look to­wards Gay Times to pro­vide rel­e­vant, in­for­ma­tive, opin­ion­ated and hon­est per­spec­tives on our world. Gay Times be­longs to all of us, each in­di­vid­ual ex­pe­ri­ence as­sists us in fur­ther un­der­stand­ing the jour­neys of our wider com­mu­nity.

My team, while small, have proven them­selves to re­act un­der ex­treme pres­sure (as you may have seen in the news). They have not only pro­duced this pub­li­ca­tion but have also de­liv­ered the Gay Times Hon­ours which oc­curred on the 18th Novem­ber at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery. The Gay Times Hon­ours recog­nise and re­flect upon the in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions that have had a tremen­dous im­pact upon what it means to live openly and freely as LGBTQ peo­ple in the United King­dom. You can re­view the short­lists and our Hon­ourees on page num­ber 54.

On each page we strive to am­plify the voices from within our rich and colour­ful com­mu­nity that de­serve greater recog­ni­tion. We look for­ward to you join­ing us as we progress into the next chap­ter of Gay Times.

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Tom of Fin­land : Turn­ing the like­ness of a gay lib­er­a­tion hero into a mind-al­ter­ing drink is per­haps heresy, but at least it’s de­li­cious. Crafted in Fin­land from a blend of the finest or­ganic wheat and rye and -- cru­cially -- with no added sugar, the vodka pays tribute to Tom of Fin­land through its “smooth, spicy char­ac­ter and bold, play­ful pack­ag­ing”. And, for bet­ter or worse, the bot­tle fits in your back pocket. Avail­able now from se­lected re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing Selfridges.

Haig Club Club­man: Haig Club is the Sin­gle Grain Scotch Whisky pro­duced in part­ner­ship with David Beck­ham and Si­mon Fuller, built on nearly 400 years of dis­till­ing her­itage. As part of his part­ner­ship with Haig Club, David Beck­ham sup­ports the Haig Club phi­los­o­phy of drink­ing with style and the shared be­lief in qual­ity over quan­tity. Their lat­est cam­paign, Leave As You Ar­rived, is born of the be­lief that “look­ing as good leav­ing the bar as when you ar­rived is the epit­ome of style.” I’m more of an Ed­ina fall­ing back­wards out of a cab in Lacroix my­self, but you go ahead and #LAYA, sweetie.


Bil­lion­aire Boys Club Mar­shall Street col­lec­tion Bil­lion­aire Boys Club have re­leased a cap­sule col­lec­tion to cel­e­brate two years at their highly-suc­cess­ful Mar­shall Street flag­ship store. In­spired by the store’s Lon­don lo­ca­tion in Soho, the col­lec­tion fea­tures the ‘LDN’ logo em­bla­zoned in a pa­tri­otic Union Jack Print. The de­sign has been re­alised in high-qual­ity three-colour glit­ter… I mean, “a dis­tinc­tive, yet premium fin­ish.” The lim­ited edi­tion pieces avail­able ex­clu­sively at the Mar­shall Street store.

Mas­ter & Dy­namic: Cre­ated for the “dar­ing and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of the con­crete jun­gle,” The Greene Street Col­lec­tion draws in­spi­ra­tion from New York City, where fash­ion and streetwear col­lide. This lat­est re­lease em­braces clas­sic mil­i­tary-themed col­or­ways, and seeks to take the next fash­ion­able step in out­fit­ting the ur­ban cre­ative with sound.


B&O Play H4 Head­phones: Th­ese wire­less head­phones have up to nine­teen-hours of bat­tery life, whilst still en­sur­ing a high qual­ity sound associated across the board of all B&O Play prod­ucts. Nev­er­mind the fact they’ll out­last your iPhone by a bat­tery-life ra­tio of 19:1, the head­phones mix ex­cep­tional de­sign with true com­fort to cre­ate a prod­uct that caters to user’s needs along­side Bang and Olufsen sig­na­ture sound wher­ever you go.


320 MHz launches Next Gen­er­a­tion Bio-En­er­getic Serum Oils: You’re at brunch. Your smug ve­gan friend is war­bling on about the health and eth­i­cal ben­e­fits of go­ing ve­gan -again. But are they beat­ing their face with 302 MHz’s new 100% ve­gan skincare prod­ucts? In­spired by the an­cient dis­ci­plines of holis­tic heal­ing, aro­mather­apy and ad­vanced botanic science, founder Paul Ber­row has cre­ated this 100% pure and sus­tain­able range, which har­nesses the holis­tic power of na­ture’s gifts with­out the use of toxic chem­i­cals, syn­thetic fra­grances, preser­va­tives or an­i­mal test­ing. The new range also in­cludes ac­tive bio-en­er­getic ex­tracts, and with ev­ery pur­chase from the 320MHz range, a Moringa tree is planted in Africa in your hon­our. You lit­er­ally couldn’t eat enough av­o­ca­dos, sweetie.


True Grace, Por­to­bello Oud: True Grace’s Por­to­bello Oud is a pow­er­house can­dle, drip­ping with sex. Ad­mit­tedly, it’s not how they de­scribe it, but it’s proven to be a pow­er­ful aphro­disiac*. With top notes of berg­amot and gin­ger; mid­dle notes of san­dal­wood, oud and co­rian­der; and base notes of patchouli, musk and cedar, it’s a time­less, sexy scent, with an en­dur­ing sil­lage. *very un­sci­en­tific, per­sonal re­search


67 Pall Mall: Lon­don’s Fine Wine Mem­bers

Club: 67 Pall Mall has launched a new floor, which has dou­bled the seat­ing ca­pac­ity of the club, and fea­tures a deca­dent new bar that has ex­panded the al­ready ex­ten­sive of­fer­ing of wines by the glass -- to 800. Chal­lenge ac­cepted. To join us on the floor of the bar, head to 67pall­mall.co.uk.

River Is­land: River Is­land MAN has re­leased a care­fully-edited range of premium skincare “essen­tials.” With a dis­cern­ing gen­tle­man in mind, the range in­cludes cleans­ing face and beard wash, hy­drat­ing face mois­turiser, sooth­ing lip balm and a con­di­tion­ing beard oil. What’s more, if you still in­sist on wear­ing a beard, there’s a video of a hip­ster with face tat­toos show­ing you how to make the most of the range. The groom­ing range is avail­able in all River Is­land stores now. Nike From the bas­ket­ball court to hip-hop cul­ture and mod­ern fash­ion, the Air Force 1 is a ver­i­ta­ble leg­end in the sneaker world. The lat­est it­er­a­tion is a luxe reimag­in­ing in black suede, for those who don’t do any­thing that re­quires go­ing out­side and get­ting wet.


Anvil Ho­tel, Jack­son, Wy­oming: Anvil is, ef­fec­tively, Jack­son’s first “cool” ho­tel. The lobby is both a cafe and mer­can­tile, an­chored by a new wood-fire Ital­ian restau­rant called Glo­ri­etta Trat­to­ria, and cu­rated by high-end out­door re­tailer Wester­lind. 49 newly-de­signed gue­strooms by Brook­lyn-based Stu­dio Tack are mod­ern yet ru©ed, “re­flect­ing the ter­rain and cul­ture of Jack­son.” In short, Broke­back in style.


L’OB­JET Oh, Mon Dieu! No.69: L’OB­JET de­scribe their new can­dle as draw­ing “in­spi­ra­tion from Paris in 1969, when life was raw, wild and play­ful.” Many would call that “Satur­day.” Oh, Mon Dieu! No. 69 is a sen­sual pair­ing of co­gnac and lip­stick notes with un­der­tones of in­cense,

leather and caramel. It is a rather de­li­cious, mor­eish, “where are my pants?” olfactory ex­pe­ri­ence. uk.l-ob­jet.com.

Denon En­vaya Range: The Denon En­vaya speak­ers are cer­ti­fied wa­ter­proof (IP67 rated), mean­ing they will work even af­ter you drop them in the rooftop jacuzzi while danc­ing to Lemon at Madrid Pride next sum­mer. That’s re­ally the only en­dorse­ment the range needs.


Polk Sig­na­ture Se­ries: Built to bring a big sur­round sound the­atre ex­pe­ri­ence to the com­fort of your liv­ing room, the Polk Sig­na­ture Se­ries pro­vides el­e­vated sound for movies, TV and mu­sic, in a to­tally re-imag­ined de­sign. The retro Amer­i­can de­sign in Win­ter White has the ver­sa­til­ity to stand out and be a talk­ing point, or blend ef­fort­lessly into your room for the more empty white box min­i­mal­ists among us. polka­u­dio.com

Most Wanted: Sparkling Pinot Gri­gio in a

Can: That’s right -- and each four can pack adds up to more than one bot­tle. This is re­ally very good news.

Avail­able at Mor­ri­son’s na­tion­wide.

Flavour Bas­tard: Flavour Bas­tard, a “re­bel­lious ad­di­tion” to former-gay-Mecca Soho, is launch­ing a new bot­tom­less brunch menu. Spill the tea over a menu fea­tur­ing vi­brant in­gre­di­ents from around the world, “de­signed to hon­our tra­di­tional flavours and clas­si­cal skills, while cre­at­ing the un­ex­pected.” Or, just go for the Bas­tard Brew, one of their many de­li­cious house cock­tails.


Olverum Bath Oil: Olverum is a unique and highly-con­cen­trated ther­a­peu­tic bath oil which con­tains ten es­sen­tial oils. Ac­cord­ingly, an Olverum bath is a very ef­fec­tive way to nat­u­rally re­lieve stress and help you achieve a great night’s sleep. It is also a great way to ease aching or sore mus­cles (such a treat af­ter a work­out or a heavy week­end) and is the per­fect, sooth­ing an­ti­dote to a “cold” or man-flu. Avail­able now from se­lected re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing Har­vey Ni­chols.

Dali. The Wines of Gala: Fol­low­ing up on the best-sell­ing cook­book Les dîn­ers de Gala, in this de­light­fully ec­cen­tric guide, the sur­re­al­ist mas­ter shares his pas­sion for the gift of the gods (that’s wine). The book ex­plores the many myths of the grape, in texts and sen­su­ous and sub­ver­sive works by the artist, al­ways true to his maxim: “A real con­nois­seur does not drink wine but tastes of its secrets.” If my wine glass could talk.


Love af­fair : Love is al­ways shared. In this ex­clu­sive cap­sule by Blood Brother in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Lib­erty - the in­ti­ma­cies of de­sire have been ide­alised into im­ages de­pict­ing lust love and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. From sun­sets, pre­cious flow­ers, lam­borgh­i­nis and rag­ing bulls the graph­ics aim to ex­press a hard wired flaw we all strug­gle to over­come - ev­ery­one falls in love.

Given a nos­tal­gic twist via the vin­tage im­agery this def­i­nitely feels like some­thing we have greatly en­joyed look­ing upon with amorous eyes.


Sonos Con­cept Store: The leader in smart home sound sys­tems, Sonos, has launched its first Euro­pean con­cept store; a re­tail, ex­hi­bi­tion, screen­ing and lis­ten­ing space, based in Seven Di­als, Lon­don. It fea­tures state-of-theart Lis­ten­ing Rooms – two acous­ti­cally-tuned, house-shaped struc­tures de­signed to em­u­late a real multi-room home lis­ten­ing space. Guests will be able to stream their per­sonal mu­sic to one or both rooms and cre­ate their own, unique sonic ad­ven­tures.

Seven Di­als, Lon­don

FTE Watches: Kirsty and Paul have more than 25 years worth of ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them of bring­ing ideas and sketches to life. They met while cre­at­ing prod­ucts for Habi­tat be­fore both join­ing Made.com as two of their first em­ploy­ees. That knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, com­bined with a love of clas­sic de­tail­ing that make vin­tage watches truly time­less, in­spired them to cre­ate fte — Free­dom To Ex­ist. The min­i­mal­ist watch brand work on a no non­sense pol­icy, cre­at­ing sim­plis­tic wrist-wear that avoids track­ing and un­nec­es­sary beep­ing. They just get the job done, and they do it well.


Irvine Shirts: A brand syn­ony­mous with their flo­ral shirts, Irvine have launched their ten piece cap­sule col­lec­tion.Stem­ming from a love of all things botan­i­cal, the col­lec­tion takes in­spi­ra­tion from Kew Gar­dens to the des­o­late coun­try fields. Se­lect­ing the best of the rest, th­ese flower power pieces are a per­fect Christ­mas gift.


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