Gay Times Magazine - - A Note From The Editor - Wil­liam J Con­nolly Ed­i­tor

Gay Times at its gen­e­sis was an act of de­fi­ance. A big mid­dle fin­ger to the es­tab­lish­ment who would seek to op­press our com­mu­nity and seg­re­gate us even fur­ther un­der­ground. Things have thank­fully changed much since then, with true equal­ity ever closer to all mem­bers of the queer ini­tial­ism in the UK. But our de­fi­ance hasn’t sub­sided. It’s in the na­ture of priv­i­lege to be un­aware of just how far that priv­i­lege ex­tends. Gay Times was, and con­tin­ues to be, a plat­form de­voted to the am­pli­fi­ca­tion of queer voices from around the globe and we couldn’t be more proud of how much we’ve evolved.

I’d be ly­ing if I said tak­ing on this role didn’t make me ner­vous. As the long­est-run­ning queer pub­li­ca­tion in Europe, step­ping up to the plate as Ed­i­tor comes with a cer­tain de­gree of ba„age, but be­neath my nerves lies a strong foun­da­tion of con­fi­dence and ex­cite­ment. I’ve worked at Gay Times for over three years, and never have I seen the pub­li­ca­tion evolve as rapidly as it has done re­cently. We’ve thrown the rule­book out of the win­dow and haven’t looked back. This new chap­ter we’ve all em­barked on rep­re­sents not only the power of speak­ing your truth, but the im­por­tance of shar­ing your plat­form with those that may have to shout louder for their truth to be heard. A truth with­out shame or fear, with­out prej­u­dice or fil­ter­ing, and with a pul­sat­ing sense of pride. But what’s my point? Equal­ity doesn’t mean ac­cep­tance: fact. Equal­ity means hav­ing the free­dom to live your life openly and freely with­out fear or ret­ri­bu­tion. Equal­ity means lib­er­ated LGBTQ peo­ple world­wide.

It’s no longer ac­cept­able for a queer pub­li­ca­tion to preach di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion, with­out fol­low­ing through when it mat­ters most. We’re now proud to be lead­ing the pack and so­lid­i­fy­ing our place cham­pi­oning in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions from ev­ery pocket of our vast and var­ied com­mu­nity. Each of us are that lone voice, and speak­ing proudly now will help us all – in­clud­ing sup­port­ing oth­ers where we see in­jus­tice. As we try and nav­i­gate these chal­leng­ing and dif­fi­cult times po­lit­i­cally and so­cially, and as we stand side-by-side with our trans sib­lings; the femme gay men that live in their fab­u­lous and flam­boy­ant truth; the queer peo­ple of colour who still fight daily the har­row­ing com­plex struc­ture of racism that per­sists in our so­ci­ety; the pow­er­ful les­bian women who con­tinue to in­spire us ev­ery day; our bi­sex­ual friends who con­tinue to fight for ac­knowl­edge­ment; and our all-im­por­tant al­lies, too, I hope that you see your­self in the work we cre­ate. Dif­fer­ence equals power, and power is change; and we will con­tinue to strive for­ward to­gether as a pub­li­ca­tion that un­apolo­get­i­cally em­pow­ers queer voices at ev­ery turn of the page.

Wel­come to the May 2018 edi­tion of Gay Times. I think you’re go­ing to love what we’ve done with it.

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