'Tales of the City' star Murray Bartlett and 'Swan Lake's Sam Salter lead Attitude's July issue

The pair of out performers appear on the cover of our jam-packed new issue.


Words: Will Stroude

Summer is officially here, and what better way to kick off the season than with two of the hottest performers in the world right now.

After making his name as Looking's Dom Basaluzzo, Murray Bartlett is set to appear in another of the decade's most important LGBTQ TV shows, as he takes on the beloved role of Michael 'Mouse' Tolliver in the Netflix revival of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.

Murray Bartlett, shot by Greg Vaughan exclusively for Attitude's July issue

 In a wide-ranging interview, the Australian actor, 48, sheds more light on the eagerly anticpiated series, discusses the often complex relationship between LGBTQ people of different generations, and looks back on the issues that made Looking often divisive viewing.

Meanwhile, star of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Sam Salter, also poses for the cover of Attitude, as the young star opens up about his sexuality and sobriety.

Sam Salter, shot by Jenny Brough exclusively for Attitude's July issue

The 25-year-old dancer, who has also appeared in the West End production of Wicked and Channel 4's LGBTQ drama Cucumber, candidly reveals how his struggle to overcome issues with his sexuality and self-confidence led him down a dark path of drug and alcohol abuse - and how he found the inner strength to stop the spiral.

Elsewhere in Attitude's July issue, Arrow star Ben Lewis lets fly about queer represenation in Hollywood, as Murray's former Looking co-star Raúl Castillo tells us about his latest project, the stirring coming-of-age drama We the Animals.

We the Animals star Raúl Castillo

Documentary maker Hao Wu also opens up about the clash between LGBTQ and Chinese culture as he prepares to release his latest film All in my Family, which charts his own experience of introducing his same-sex American partner and children to his deeply traditional family for the first time.

Meanwhile, we meet the rural gay men living their true lives in the heart of the countryside, and explore the reality of life for LGBTQ people living in Brunei following the country's introduction - and subsequent abandonment - of the death penalty for homosexuality.

Raven Mandella

Plus, we meet rising electro-pop duo Nimmo, drag queen Raven Mandella, and cher and writer John Gregory-Smith turns up the heat in our Active pages

That's alongside all your usual news, reviews, fashion and travel, of course...

Attitude's July issue is out now.

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