Redefining Queer

Redefining Queer

Queer as Folk helped change the media’s perception of gay men. When it hit the screens in 1999 Parliament was debating equalising the age of consent. (Yes, it wasn’t that long ago that we were treated different to straight people in that regard.) This week, sixteen years later and after huge advances in gay rights, writer Russell T Davies returns to Channel 4 with Cucumber and Banana, two new dramas that pull tight focus on the modern lives of gay men in contemporary Britain. And once more they feature razor-sharp writing, brilliantly observed characters and devilish comedy…

 
What do you look for in a man?

What do you look for in a man?

When you’re on the dancefloor amidst a swathe of flirtatious blokes or scrolling through the inventory of men listed on your preferred hook-up app, what do you look for in a man? Handsome face? Blue eyes? Glowing, youthful skin? Maybe a toned body, with abs too? Stylish clothes, and a sharply groomed hairstyle? Let me re-phrase the title question: what do you look for in a man?
 
Divine by Mink

Divine by Mink

Continuing our tribute to iconic drag actor Harris Glenn Milstead, more famously known as Divine.

 
Meet Christeene, The Sexual Apocalypse

Meet Christeene, The Sexual Apocalypse

Cliff Joannou takes a seat next to Christeene in his sexually infused sewer of shamelessness…*

 
Freedom To...

Freedom To…

This year’s theme for Pride is ‘Freedom To…’ a concept that was initially suggested by QX Editor Cliff Joannou over a chilled glass of Chardonnay in Soho with Michael Salter, Chair of Pride in London. The idea was simple: Pride has a different meaning for every person that attends it. For one person, it’s a day to party, to drink and not go home for 48 hours. For the next person, it’s a battle for marriage or legal equality. For the person next to them, it’s a struggle for sexual freedom. And for many millions of others - often not even in the UK, but thousands of miles away around the world - it’s a daily battle to survive in a homophobic, overtly hateful, religious and/or prejudiced society. The concept of #FreedomTo is simple: that whatever Pride means to you, whatever your concept of gay scene or community is, Pride is a day that allows you to shout, sing, dance or deliver that message as you see fit. With that in mind, Cliff Joannou asked some of the more outspoken people from the UK’s gay community to tell us what Pride means to them… 

 
This Is Bliss...

This Is Bliss…

Rory O’Neill, aka Panti Bliss, is Ireland’s most prominent drag queen. A self-proclaimed ‘accidental activist’, for years he has used his position to speak up for LGBT+ rights and attack inequality in his native country. Earlier this year he recorded a ten-minute clip of himself giving a speech at the Abbey Theatre in reaction to the controversy that exploded when on a previous TV debate, he accused certain journalists of being homophobic.

 
We Love The Wurst!

We Love The Wurst!

Cliff Joannou deconstructs Eurovision and the power of Conchita Wurst…

 
The Soho Takeover

The Soho Takeover

For four years, QX was part of the huge dance party that took over swathes of our central London village. Soho Pride ran 2006-2008, before Gaydar presented Soho Live in 2009.

 
Fighting The Good Fight

Fighting The Good Fight

Since its inception, QX has championed gay rights and issues like no other magazine can.

 
On The Cover

On The Cover

The QX cover. Part worshipped by lustful readers, part reviled by those opposed to the deluge of idealized images that permeate our gay scene.