"We are complicated; we are a weird, beautiful, wise, stupid, vulnerable, dangerous form of life. Outsiders simply learn to recognise this picture of humankind sooner than the rest. - Antony Sher. "People describe me as over the top, but nobody's ever told me what the top is I'm supposed to be over." - Maggi Hambling. "I have a strong sense of having ridden on the hard work and struggle of a lot of people who were more committed and clear-sighted than I ever was." - Alan Hollinghurst. The arrival of civil partnership in Britain in 2005 was welcomed with a "Sun" editorial celebrating the forthcoming wedding of Elton John and David Furnish. Beneath the headline 'Gay Pride', the newspaper - once doggedly hostile to homosexuality - claimed the event would 'lend a touch of stardust' to modern Britain. The "Way We Are Now" is a compelling account of the way the world has been transformed for millions of gay people within a generation. Lesbians and gay men discuss their lives and work with remarkable candour. Contributors include actor Antony Sher, artist Maggi Hambling, novelists Alan Hollinghurst, Stella Duffy and V.G.
Lee, historian David Starkey, columnist and former politician Matthew Parris, pianist Stephen Hough, activist Irshad Manji, journalist Jane Czyzselska and Brian Paddick, Britain's most senior gay police officer.
Ben Summerskill is a member of the distinguished family of Labour politicians of that name. A journalist by training, before taking up his present position as Chief Executive of Stonewall, he worked for the Standard, Observer and TimeOut.
Introduction - Ben Summerskill Jane Czyzelska Antony Sher Tony Peake Stella Duffy Craig Jones Irshad Manji Matthew Parris Sarah Weir David Starkey Brian Paddick Stewart Brown Maggi Hambling Alan Hollinghurst Rashida X Damon Galgut Robert Taylor V G Lee Daniel Harbour Helen Munro Stephen Hough