What’s in the first issue?
The magazine has been going in its current form since 1984, so it was time to modernise. The logo is changing from Gay Times to GT, and we have introduced a style section and appointed a new style and grooming editor. The style section will recreate catwalk looks at different prices – from H&M and Topshop to a blow-out budget. There is also a new real-life section at the back, with a problem page and features about triumph over adversity in readers’ lives.
What else is new?
The way we deal with news in the magazine, making more space for comment, analysis and opinion pieces than traditional news stories. We’re looking for a national spread of stories to avoid being too London-centric.
Which parts could PROs help with?
There’s a regular column called ‘The 10 Commandments’ where we make someone – often a comedian, but we are looking for all kinds of people – our deity of the month, and get him/her to rewrite the 10 Commandments. There is also an interview piece called ‘In the know’ for which we are keen to hear from people. We also write about up-and-coming musicians, artists and designers, and we’re continuing our ‘how we met’ feature – an interview where two people discuss their relationship. We will also be having themed issues: travel, music, and so on.
Who reads Gay Times?
It’s a broad church – anyone interested in gay culture. We get letters from 17-year-olds and 77-year-olds, but our core readership is probably men aged 25-35.
How should PROs get in touch?
Email is best at first. The contacts are travel and film editor Andrew Copestake, style and grooming editor Ian Brown, music and arts editor Joe Heaney, associate editor Richard Smith for current affairs, and myself for features and wider issues.
Lead time Six weeks