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Exclusive: YouTube star Connor Franta commands attention on the cover of Gay Times

Janell Shirtcliff

With 5.6 million YouTubers subscribed to his channel and over 350 million views, his video diaries offer a window into the life and mind of this 24-year-old entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author.

Life is not always rainbows and butterflies, though. In our April issue, we sit down with Connor to discuss his battle with depression, how coming out wasn’t a cure-all, and about our individual and collective roles in the fight for LGBT+ equality.

“We’re in a day and age where actually I can change things and a lot of people can change things – and it’s a crazy concept to me,” Connor says of having five million-plus subscribers during the time of ‘Trump’s America’.

Later adding: “I’m 24 and I really do have a voice. I have influence on a large group of people and that’s special. I want to utilise that, and that’s amazing, I should be proud of that.”

Elsewhere in the issue, the world-exclusive interview with all the queens from Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race; Nicholas Afoa becomes the first Disney theatre star to pose for a gay magazine; comedian Richard Gadd on using comedy to deal with sexual assault; Dan Matthews, SVP of PETA, on throwing pies at Anna Wintour; LDN Muscle’s brothers on their game-changing approach to fitness; plus, style, travel and community features.

You can download the latest issue of Gay Times here, which also includes an exclusive digital-only second cover.

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