Gay Times - Issue 502
Gay Times - Issue 502
Gay Times - Issue 502

Gay Times - Issue 502

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JODIE HARSH

She might be Harsh by name, but she’s anything but harsh by nature. British DJ and fashion lover Jodie Harsh has risen from the narrow streets of her native Kent to hanging with Madonna and Lady Gaga, and most recently opening for the Spice Girls at “Wembley fucking Stadium” – her words. Now stepping into a new world by mixing her love of nightlife with music, the three-time Billboard Dance number one owner is ready for a new challenge.

Join her in conversation with friend Nick Grimshaw on partying with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Madonna, stepping into the world of music with an album all of her own, and why she refuses to let her drag lose its punk edge.

HONEY DIJON

There’s been an important cultural intersection between music and fashion for decades, but right now, no one is navigating it in a more interesting way than Honey Dijon. Or, to reference the title of her chic new collection of T-shirts, travel bags and accessories created with Comme Des Garçons, Honey Fucking Dijon. While Honey doesn’t consider herself an activist, she is acutely aware that as a trans woman of colour working in the white male-dominated world of dance music, her very success challenges the status quo."The fact that I've been able to manifest all of these really highly creative opportunities for myself is political in itself. I mean, five years ago that wouldn't have been possible –two years ago, it wouldn't have been possible,” she says. Of course, Honey is a proud trans woman of colour, but that’s just one facet of who she is and it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Get to know the recipient of our 2019 GAY TIMES Honour for Outstanding Impact who's been making waves in the industry for decades and bringing more than just excellent beats to our clubs.

RYAN RUSSELL

Earlier this year, Ryan Russell made history when he came out as bisexual. The free agent – who has played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – became not only the first openly LGBTQ player at the professional level of American football but also the first openly LGBTQ athlete across all major professional leagues in the United States. His decision to live openly came as he no longer wanted to hide his truth on his journey to achieve his career goals. “It felt suffocating, it felt regressive, it felt harmful and I never wanted achieving my dreams to feel that way,” he says. “I feel very grateful to be part of the LGBTQ community and for people to know that and to see that and to just embrace that and my experience.”