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The Millennial Show

Since the turn of the century, LGBTI art and entertainment has risen up from the demimonde into the mainstream. Once coded, secretive and risqué, gay culture now goes boldly into multiplexes, onto TV screens and handheld media devices with an ease and acceptance that would stagger previous generations.

Our entertainers have both reflected social change and driven the changes. From Brokeback Mountain to The Danish Girl, from Will And Grace to When We Rise, from Gay Games to gaybies, Marc Andrews examines how our culture has been represented, and sometimes misrepresented, since the turn of the millennium.

During the presidential campaign of 2016, some old friends returned to the small screen unexpectedly and were received with great warmth and affection. Will, Grace, Jack and Karen made a whistle-stop miniepisode, not on our TVs, but across social media hosted by YouTube. Their return, in support of Hilary Clinton, was both a sign of the times and a nod back to the turn of the 21st Century.

Will And Grace went to air between 1998 and 2006. The sitcom about four friends living in a very gay world was ground-breaking. It won awards and ratings. In 2012, Vice President Joe Biden said that in terms of the gay and lesbian community, “I think Will And Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has done so far.”

As the end of 20-teens closes in, a look back reveals some of the defining moments, trends and personalities in the gay entertainment world, that complex, shifting, sometimes misty mirror of our real world and real selves. We’ve all seen the changes, lived the changes and even, we hope, helped usher in some of those changes ourselves.

This story begins, however, before the turn of the millennium when the accepted showbiz norms about homosexuality were markedly different.

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Winter isn’t coming but who knows what will happen when you see our jaw-dropping Game Of Thrones fantasy photo shoot starring Aussie athlete Simon Dunn. DNA #202 is our Entertainment Issue so we revisit the original true story behind James Franco’s latest crime thriller King Cobra. We're treated to the fabulousness of music legend Kate Bush, wonder whatever is happening with Lady Gaga, and look at how gay entertainers have represented and sometime misrepresented us so far this century. We also chat with the star of Kinky Boots in Australia, Toby Francis. Like a few of us in the DNA office, you may have been a little lazy over winter. Luckily, our fitness guru and personal trainer Justin Dulihanty has 10 easy tips on building you a summer body. In fashion Joshua Heath takes a look at some of the hottest items out, just in time for Christmas shopping. Plus we are loving all things eggplant, Pierson Fode's Instagram, Game Of Thrones season 7, New York fashion week and the stage show Dusty! about Ms Springfield. In photography Josh Brando has captured the raw beauty of fitness model Kevin McDaid in an industrial themed photo shoot that will leave you wanting to grab the closest power tool and roll around naked in puddle of oil. DNA does not recommend actioning this desire! Then we hit the beach with an exclusive shoot of the bodylicious Matt Jones by photographer Russell Fleming. Plus loads more!