Tosh Wanogho-Maud Dream­girls

Gay Times Magazine - - CULTURE -

On the West End ac­cu­rately rep­re­sent­ing queer peo­ple of colour...

If we’re talk­ing about gay in­di­vid­u­als play­ing char­ac­ters, I think yes. I think the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try has al­ways been for­ward think­ing and lead­ers in how we pos­i­tively sup­port mi­nori­ties. It’s a stan­dard that sex­u­al­ity and re­li­gion isn’t some­thing we have an is­sue with. If you’re the one for the job, you’re the one for the job. If we’re talk­ing about gay char­ac­ters on the West End, ab­so­lutely not. The only one we have is Lola in Kinky Boots, but other than that, there’s not many other sto­ries be­ing told. I think there’s a long way to go. We’re in a po­si­tion to open that con­ver­sa­tion now.

The im­por­tance of UK Black His­tory Month...

To be in­volved in some­thing that’s cel­e­brat­ing black­ness and gay­ness – some­thing that I still think the black com­mu­nity has an is­sue with, there’s still this stigma – it goes to al­le­vi­ate some of that as a young, gay black teen out there. Hope­fully they’ll see the mag­a­zine and go,

‘No, that’s okay’. There are other peo­ple liv­ing full, ful­filled happy lives as gay black men, liv­ing their best life. Do­ing it with class and hav­ing a won­der­ful time – and that’s okay. To be part of that is amaz­ing as that’s some­thing I didn’t have grow­ing up. I had to fig­ure it out my­self. The mo­ment we don’t have to have young gay boys, girls, what­ever fig­ur­ing it out on their own, that’s when we’ve done what we need to do.

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