Digital Spy has always been proud of our strong LGBTQ+ ethos in our content and team throughout our 22-year history. Digital Spy is a home where all entertainment fans are welcome all year round, no matter where you're from, or how you identify.
Representation matters and although great strides have been made in recent years in terms of diversifying talent and telling queer stories on screen, from Will & Grace to Pose, there's still a long way to go, with many LGBTQ+ roles still taken by straight actors, which can make it even harder for those trying to break through.
The LGBTQ+ community still faces persecution, violence, and prejudice every day, just for trying to live as their true selves. And that's one of the many reasons we wanted to compile our list of the best LGBTQ+ TV characters since the 1969 Stonewall riots, as we look ahead to Pride celebrations in the UK.
These characters broke down prejudices, inspired real-world change, and critically, helped queer people feel seen. Our stunning cover is illustrated by Luke Marsh, and the full list is produced by Digital Spy staff and our trusted contributors, who have hand-picked the characters that really impacted them, with oversight from our TV team, Laura Jane Turner, David Opie, and Abby Robinson.
Elsewhere in the issue, deputy TV editor David Opie has crafted a very special edition of his Rainbow Crew franchise, which champions queer talent on both sides of the camera. This time he's sought out several LGBTQ+ game-changers, including The Haunting of Bly Manner's T'Nia Miller, Pose's Ryan Jamaal Swain, It's a Sin's Nathaniel Curtis, and Hollyoaks' Annie Wallace, the first transgender person to play a transgender character in UK soap.
Spreading the love throughout the issue, we've spoken to Love Island's last winning UK couple, Finn and Paige, ahead of the show's triumphant return this summer – as well as revealing the most shocking moments from the global editions of the reality TV sensation.
Plus, we go behind-the-scenes with the creators of Loki on Disney+, as they spill all on Tom Hiddleston's mind-bending Marvel mischief. We also chat to Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk about his Taken-style action hero revamp in Nobody. Then hapless comedy garage wannabes, Kurupt FM, talk about their leap to the big screen with the movie mockumentary, People Just Do Nothing: Big in Japan.
Meanwhile, in our Time Jump section, we have a breakdown of the huge impact Bridesmaids had on the future of female comedies for its 10th anniversary. Then swoop in to discover where Super 8's cast is now and find out how to race through the entire Fast and Furious franchise in the right order, ahead of the release of Fast and Furious 9 (at last). And that's just for starters.
Enjoy the issue. Be loud, be proud, and be unashamedly you.
This month, Digital Spy Magazine counts down the 50 greatest LGBTQ+ TV characters since the Stonewall riots. Read every issue now with a 1-month free trial, only on Apple News+.
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