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Nothing Left To Lose

NEWS FEATURE

W e are currently witnessing a human tragedy on an epic scale. There are 65.3 million displaced people in the world, according to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. There are a further 21 million refugees, and 10 million stateless people. A staggering 34,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day due to conflict or persecution.

In the last few years, millions of people have arrived on Europe’s southern shores from the Middle East and Northern Africa to escape war, persecution and hunger.

Some of them are gay. They’re escaping the horrors of their homelands for the same reasons as everyone else, but in the cramped and unstable atmosphere of refugee camps, their sexuality can make them vulnerable.

Many have never come out or even met an openly gay person. Resettling in the West offers the hope of not just a better life, but a life in which they can live and love without mortal fear, prejudice or judgement.

Getting out is just the start of a terrible journey. Marc Andrews prepared this special report from the front line in Greece. Photography supplied by Rando Wagner.

*Wassim, Daniel and May’s names have been changed for the purpose of this story to ensure their safety.

WASSIM’S STORY: Escaping Civil War In Syria

DNA: What made you decide to leave Syria?

Wassim: I’m 17 now but I first left Syria when I was 13 years old because was in danger. I was a young, tall teenager so the army wanted me to join them as a soldier even though I was just 13. When I finished middle school I escaped and lived for two years in Lebanon. On my first day there, I took a taxi and was sexually harassed by the driver. He took me to the middle of nowhere and I couldn’t do anything. He was more powerful than me. I couldn’t tell my family; I couldn’t tell anyone. I moved on again, this time to Turkey, where I spent almost one year, and then I came to Greece.

Wassim, free from oppression but still a refugee on the streets of Athens
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As the temperature soars Down Under we showcase the best men's swimwear for 2017 with 26 pages of Banging’ Beachwear For Blokes. We also check out the latest in leather and fetishwear from Aussie brand, Army Of Men. In news features we ask WTF America? How did Trumpty Dumpty get to sit on the wall? We also take a look at the crazy opinions expressed by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. It’s not pretty! We visit Jamaica, where things are slowly improving for civil rights, and we hear the harrowing stories of refugees arriving on Europe's southern shores. In a tragic year for music, we look at the life and career of Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns, but in good news catch up with ’80s gender bender, Marilyn. He's back, off drugs and ready to kickstart his career. Plus, Josh Thomas talks about life on his hit TV show, Please Like Me. Harvey Fierstein talks Kinky Boots and why he makes bad television! DNA's Dr Zac shows how to Make Yourself The Perfect Summer Package, while sexy chef Jordan Bruno puts some heat in the kitchen and on your plate. Our regular Man To Man columnist Mario Forgione discusses ten years of life with HIV. It's hot. It's happening. You want it!