A NOTE FROM THE 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 baage, 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.