The Straightness of George Michael

Mark Simpson on how George Michael was the missing, subversive gay link between Bowie and Beckham (Rolling Stone, 28/12/2016) Back in the early 1980s, I was one of those annoying ‘alternative’ teens who, when pressed, would admit they quite liked ‘Wham Rap!’, which extolled the freedoms of … Continue reading

Pride & Prejudice

How the film 'Pride' reminded me that I was actually in Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners I think the time has come to share a secret about my past I've kept hidden for far too long. Back in the 20th Century, when I was still a teenager (just) – and a long, long time before I became … Continue reading

Straight Down the Hatch

As the 80s boy racer dreamboat the Peugeot 205 GTI turns 30 Mark Simpson remembers stroking its stick-shift Hot. Hatch. In the world of car porn there is no other conjugation that raises the punter’s pulse more than that one – evoking as it does fuel injection, tight handling, firm … Continue reading