Gay Times

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Gay Times
Gay-times-february-2010.jpg
February 2010 "Sex issue" cover of Gay Times
Editor Darren Scott
Categories Gay & Bisexual
Circulation 68,000[1] (2014)
First issue 1984
Company Millivres Prowler Group Ltd.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Website www.gaytimes.co.uk
ISSN 0950-6101

Gay Times (branded as GT) is one of the United Kingdom's leading gay magazines[2][3] for gay and bisexual men. Originally published as Gay Times, from March 2007 it re-labeled itself as GT.

Publication and content[edit]

Gay Times (GT) magazine is the original magazine for men who like men, having been in print every month since 1984 and now celebrating their 30th anniversary. GT is published by Millivres Prowler Group Ltd.

Gay Times produces thirteen issues each year and includes celebrity interviews, news, features, music, film, style and travel. GT has become renowned for its quality of content, with features and investigations on everything from anti-gay laws in Uganda, to interviews with Europe's only gay Prime Minister, first-person accounts of the UK immigration system and exclusive interviews with Britain's political leaders.

In recent years, GT cover stars have included actor Sir Ian McKellen, diver Chris Mears, magician Derren Brown and actor Matt Smith.

In December 2011 GT celebrated their landmark 400th issue. 2014 has seen the magazine celebrate 30 years on sale, and included interviews with the likes of Tom Daley, David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Courtney Love, RuPaul, Jared Leto and Cher – to name just a few.

In popular culture[edit]

  • On Little Britain, Daffyd Thomas is outraged when his local news agent sells the copy of Gay Times to the local blacksmith, as she only gets "the one in for you", as he loudly and often proclaims that he's the only gay in the village. The news agent describes the issue as having Hazell Dean in it and a "very informative article on rimming".
  • In the 1996 film Beautiful Thing, Jamie's theft of a copy of Gay Times (issue 200) from a newsagent for himself and Ste to find gay venues to go to is a key plot element.
September 2004 issue; used on the London Underground
  • In September 2004 Gay Times had a controversial advertising campaign on the London Underground with pictures of their September issue front cover, that proved popular with Gay Times readers. It was the first advertising campaign to feature a gay kiss, attracting only one complaint that was later thrown out by the Advertising Standards Agency.
  • From March 2007, Gay Times was relabeled as GT announcing: "The Future's Here: Are You Up For It? New Look. New Attitude. New Sections. New Writers. New Style. Gay Times becomes GT".
  • In the November 2008 issue a controversial advertising campaign was launched, entitled Homo Promo. This campaign was a reaction to right-wing evangelical groups claiming that gay people have an agenda to promote homosexuality. In response to these accusations GT asked advertising agencies to create campaigns that would sell 'Homosexuality' as an appealing choice and recruit for the cause.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gay Times Review, Ciao
  2. ^ "3% of Lesbians and Gay Men Intend to Adopt in Next 5 Years". WebWire and Out Now Diva and Gay Times Readers Surveys. 27 March 2007. 
  3. ^ "Outright 2006 Helps Brands Communicate Effectively with Gay Britain". GAY to Z and Out Now Diva and Gay Times Readers Surveys. 27 March 2007. 

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