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What have we learnt from Orlando? Attitude pays tribute in new August issue

2016-07-15
Last month, 49 innocent lives were lost when 29-year-old US citizen Omar Mateen entered Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and opened fire on an unsuspecting crowd of LGBT people, friends and allies. Not only the worst mass shooting in modern US history, the attack was one of the most violent acts perpetrated against LGBT people in the West for decades. In our new August issue - available to download now - Attitude presents a passionate analysis of events, with guest writers from the Latin, Muslim, Christian, Black and Trans communities asking the question: What have we learnt from Orlando? Acting Editor Cliff Joannou says: "In the years to come, Orlando will without doubt be considered a watershed moment for our community; from the renewed awareness of the everyday hate and fear many of us have accepted as part our lives, to the way the media reports on LGBT+ issues. "We all know the grim facts of the situation. But the burning question that kept coming to mind when I was thinking about how we should mark the tragedy was simply: what have we learned from Orlando? And I say this because if we do not learn and grow from this terrible moment in our history, then the memory of those who died will truly be lost to hate." ORLANDO COVER You can read our special feature on Orlando and its aftermath in the new issue of Attitude, available to download now from pocketmags.com/attitude. It’s in shops next Wednesday (July 20), and print copies are available to order from newsstand.co.uk. Also in Attitude’s August issue, alongside all your usual news, reviews, fitness & travel:
  • 20 years of Girl Power: Spice Girl Emma Bunton recalls the highs and lows of life as part of the world’s most famous girl groups ever.
  • Three years before Stonewall… there was the riot at Compton’s cafeteria in San Francisco. Attitude commemorates 50 years since the queer community fought back against an oppressive police force.
  • Pop’s new sensation Shura on why she doesn’t want to be compartmentalised as a queer artist.
  • Out gay Iraqi activist Amir Ashour on why he’ll never stop fighting for LGBT liberation in his homeland.
  • Willam reveals why he has no love for RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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