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THEIR VERY BIG DAY!

BEN AND MICHAEL GRESHAM-PETCHELL’S ROMANCE INCLUDED A VIDEO PROPOSAL, DISNEY SONGS AND A FULLY CATERED WEDDING CEREMONY AND RECEPTION THEY WON IN A COMPETITION!

DNA: Your wedding day was special for all the usual reasons – but also because you won a competition. What happened?

Michael: We had to write 500 words about why we wanted to win a competition for a same-sex wedding – and we won.

Ben: I still can’t believe it. We thought we had no chance. The prize included wedding dresses but no suits, so we thought it would probably have gone to a female couple.

Michael: We were excited, but had no idea what we were in for. We were lucky to be surrounded by all the love and support of the wedding vendors but it was one of the craziest, most chaotic months of our lives and even though it was free, it still ended up costing us lots of money… just not as much as it would’ve otherwise.

With everything taken care of, did that mean you didn’t get to have any groom-zilla moments?

Ben: Ha! There were a few dramas with suits and groomsmen and getting RSVPs sorted at short notice. Planning a wedding is a very stressful process and I lost my cool a couple of times. But now I look back and laugh.

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This month we celebrate the boys who say, “I do!” and all the fun that weddings can be. Ricky and Zak, Ivan and Chris, and Ben and Michael all share their special days with us. Our style guru makes suggestions on buying the suits, we take a trip to a bespoke ring maker, we meet wedding photographers and celebrants, plus we get a bit sexy with the groom’s hot brother! Yes campaigner, Alex Greenwich reveals some of the dirty tricks used by the No side during the postal survey and talks about how he coped with death threats and abuse. In Trouble In Paradise, we reconsider our travel plans – especially to parts of the world that are actively hostile to LGBT travellers. This important feature reveals where not to go and why. Opera singer and pop star Kyle Bielfield talks about the challenges facing creative artists, we revisit Madonna’s Ray Of Light 20 years on, and head back to the theatre for the latest gender-bending production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We interview Tom Cocquerel about his latest role as Errol Flynn and chat with veteran actor Bruce L Hart about coming out in Hollywood before it was cool. Historically we take a look at the life of the quaintly queer Quentin Crisp as the final instalment of his autobiography hits the shelves, and we reveal some of the sordid details of The Cleveland Street Scandal – read all about the prince and the rent boys! Sexy boys in this issue include cover star Dmitry Tumash and Francesco Della Vedova. Plus, in the Digital version, you’ll find 50 extra pages of pin-ups and amazing Sydney Mardi Gras photographs.