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Matty Healy, Lorraine, Munroe Bergdorf & Scottee lead Attitude’s January ‘Activists & Allies’ issue

We celebrate the figures standing up for LGBTQ freedom in our new January issue, out now.

By Will Stroude

Attitude’s January ‘Activists & Allies’ issue is out now to download and to order globally, and we’re taking a moment to celebrate those who are using their platforms to champion LGBTQ equality and freedom.

In a world exclusive interview, The 1975’s Matty Healy discusses his open-minded attitude to 21st century sexuality, kissing boys on stage in anti-gay Dubai, and being a proud queer ally.

“I grew up in the gay community. That’s why I think there is my, whatever it is, activism”, he tells us.

“The first time I noticed a sexy kiss in real life was between two guys. They were my mum’s mates, who were dancers in a show.

“When I look back, these are really formative experiences for people because it’s what you identify as ‘normal’.”

Meanwhile, queen of daytime TV Lorraine Kelly comes out fighting for the trans community as she undergoes a fierce drag makeover with the stars of Channel 4’s Drag SOS, The Family Gorgeous.

“What’s going on with trans people now is kind of what the gay community went through years ago”, the ITV presenter says.

“We’ve got people having a shit time and it’s not fair. It’s really not fair, just because they want to be the person that they’re supposed to be. Don’t we all deserve that?”

In a special edition third cover, which you can order direct to your door by emailing, we bring together queer activists from across the LGBTQ spectrum who are fighting for our collective freedom through their work.

In a no-holds-barred discussion, model and activist Munroe Berdorf and performer Scottee tackle the big issues of the day, from transphobia and intersectionality to ‘cancel culture’ and class oppression.

Elsewhere in Attitude’s January ‘Activists and Allies’ issue, we speak to Great British Bake Off winner David Atherton, who discusses health and fitness and sheds light on his convervative religious upbringing.

The Great British Bake-Off winner David Atherton, shot by Markus Bidaux exclusively for Attitude’s January ‘Activists & Allies’ issue 

We also meet the queer environmental activists who form Rainbow Warriors, the LGBTQ affinity group for Extinction Rebellifon, to find out how they’re making our community’s voice heard in the battle to save the planet.

Rainbow Warriors (Photography: Markus Bidaux)

Co-founder and executive director of UK Black Pride, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah aka Lady Phyll

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah aka Lady Phyll (Photography: Markus Bidaux)

HIV/Aids and LGBTQ campaign Bisi Alimi, who in 2004 become the first gay man in Nigeria to come out publicly on television, is also on hand to share the lessons learned from a life on the frontlines of queer activism.

Bisi Alimi (Photography: Wycliff)

That’s alongside all your usual news, reviews, fashion and travel, of course…

Attitude’s January ‘Activists & Allies’ issue out now to download and to order globally.

Buy now and take advantage of our best-ever subscription offers: three issues for £3 in print, 13 issues for £19.99 to download to any device.