INSIDE ISSUE FIVE

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EVERY GOTHS WET DREAM: LAILA MCQUEEN

Words Graeme Fullwood Photography Greg Bailey.

Gone before her time, Laila McQueen was a contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race season eight. Giving all the goth kids their life and serving Beetlejuice realness, Laila arrived to crank up the creep.

Preparing for her visit to London, we talk Art, sexuality and the future of her drag persona.

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"Complacency allows discrimination to fester in our queer spaces and that just doesn't fly for me, nor should it for others.."

-Biblegirl

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SHE CAME TO SLAY

Words Big Dipper Photography Greg Bailey

Styling Joey Bevan

While most drag fans fell in love with Shea Couleé during Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I got the pleasure to know Shea years ago while living in Chicago.  We met through our mutual friend Tony at a conference, It was a boring event where we were representing our day jobs and it quickly became necessary to connect with the other young queer folks for a bit of relief. We were in a small college town in Illinois, and that night we went out and found the only cute spot to dance.  Let’s just say Shea and I really connected on the dance floor.

I got the chance to sit and talk with Shea in Evanston, my hometown just outside of Chicago. We were both in town for Thanksgiving to see our families. She came straight from the airport to meet me and discuss her life post RPDR.

 

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"GENDER AND SEXUALITY CAN BE EXPRESSED IN SO MANY WAYS. IT’S A SPECTRUM. A GALAXY REALLY.."

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JUST ANOTHER NANCY BOY

Words, Photography, and Styling Greg Bailey

Hair Dan Leo Stanley

Showing Adore around a Victorian Baths in Manchester and seeing her face light up with awe, gives me the inclination I may of hit gold with todays shoot location. Deep emerald green tiled walls and elaborate staircases wind their way up to floors above, the décor has a true Slytherin vibe to it, but this is only the reception area to our real location. Above the lavish interior of the public baths is a dusty, unfurnished apartment, with exposed floorboards and peeling walls, perfect for our grunge inspired shoot. We start shooting and begin to talk about the music that has influenced the entire vibe of the day, the music that embodies who Adore is.

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"YOU NEED TO LOVE HIM,
BECAUSE NO-ONE ELSE DOES."

Arran Shurvington