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30 LGBT people, places and things you need to know: Patrick Cash

2016-07-02
While there still may be a long fight for equality ahead, and tragic events like Orlando proving that homophobia is still prominent in today’s society, there’s also plenty to be happy about, and so many reasons to be hopeful for the future. In Attitude’s July Issue – available to download and in shops now – our editor Matthew Todd marks his final issue at the helm of the magazine with his list of 30 people, places and things that makes us happy. And because frankly the national mood could do with a lift this week, we’re giving you a peek at a few of the people, places and things that made the list – up next it’s… Patrick Cash _MG_4579 Pat Cash is a 29-year-old writer who became something of an “accidental activist” two years ago after he set up the open-mic night, Let’s Talk About Gay Sex & Drugs, as a community response to chemsex within the gay male community. It follows a very simple format: everyone who wants to speak gets five minutes, and all are welcome. Supported by Attitude, it has spread from London’s Ku Bar to Brighton, Liverpool and Berlin. "I love the London gay scene and am frequently out in its bars, but any scene has flaws. I feel the emphasis on the external body is sometimes so much that we begin to weigh each other’s worth in how we look. A night such as Let’s Talk reframes that emphasis, so what’s important is not how much you can bench press, but the sharing of our thoughts, fears and dreams. I’m aware I’m in danger of sounding like a “hippy”, but it’s a human need to want to belong, and we find belonging in understanding each other, rather than looking at each other." You can read Patrick's feature, along with the other 29 people, things and places that make us happy in Attitude’s July Issue, available to download now from pocketmags.com/attitude and in shops now. Print copies are available to order globally from newsstand.co.uk/attitude. will cover small More stories: Gay YouTube star Calum McSwiggan caused his own injuries following arrest, police say London commuters stand up to homophobia in public and it’s amazing – WATCH