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SWIMMING AGAINST THE T IDE

DESPITE REPRESENTING A NATION WHERE HOMOSEXUALITY IS STILL OUTLAWED, TONGAN OLYMPIC SWIMMER AMINI FONUA HAS THRIVED AND IS AIMING TO BE A BEACON OF HOPE FOR OTHER YOUNG GAY ATHLETES
Amini wears swimwear by Moschino

There aren’t many comparisons to be drawn between Tonga and Grimsby.

Maybe you could make tenuous links between their reliance on the fishing industry and a love of rugby, but truly the two could hardly be farther apart — culturally, environmentally and literally. Perhaps the only common ground is 27-year-old Olympic swimmer Amini Fonua.

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On the cover, Adam Peaty, the first British Olympian to win gold at the Rio Olympics. Plus: Amini Fonua, the Tongan swimmer who famously challenged a homophobic attack from the media at the Rio Olympics; an exclusive look behind the scenes at GCHQ and the new generation of gay men following in Alan Turing’s footsteps; ten years of queer Glastonbury with an exclusive look at the history of The NYC Downlow; and writer Juno Dawson on why she thinks lots of gay men are really trans women.