Pride Life Magazine - - WELCOME -

Wel­come to the au­tumn is­sue of Pride Life. Hope­fully you had a great sum­mer and a fan­tas­tic Pride wher­ever you cel­e­brated it. Year by year the Pride move­ment just seems to grow big­ger, and it’s wit­ness to the in­creas­ing ac­cep­tance and vis­i­bil­ity of our com­mu­nity that more and more of our straight friends join us ev­ery year in cel­e­brat­ing our fan­tas­tic di­ver­sity. That’s some­thing we should be grate­ful to Pride for. Not that it’s al­ways been like that. When I came out (and that’s a long-time ago!) the clos­est I had to a gay role model was the likes of Mis­ter Humphries in Are You Be­ing Served? As we see in this is­sue’s look at LGBT TV, things have changed to­day so much for the bet­ter with gay, les­bian, bi­sex­ual and trans peo­ple now be­ing pos­i­tively and sym­pa­thet­i­cally rep­re­sented on the small screen. Back in the day, for a pop star to come out as gay would have been ca­reer sui­cide and that’s why cover star Sam Smith, in­ter­vie­wees Markus Fee­hily and John Grant are so im­por­tant to­day, es­pe­cially to peo­ple just think­ing of com­ing out. In fact, we reckon they’re he­roes.

So with that in mind, we’re launch­ing our Pride Life Hero Awards. Go to pridelife.com/awards and tell us who you think should be hon­oured for their con­tri­bu­tion to the LGBT com­mu­nity. Vote now – and we’ll pub­lish the re­sults in the New Year.

It’s your Pride. It’s your Life. And it’s your Vote that counts. Nigel Robin­son Ed­i­tor-in- Chief

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