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Man Power

THE TRUE GAY LOVE STORY HOLDING THE MAN HAS BEEN A BOOK, A PLAY AND NOW A FILM. WE MET ITS AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR NEIL ARMFIELD AND STARS RYAN CORR AND CRAIG STOTT

I first became familiar with the story of Holding the Man when I saw it as a play, at London's Trafalgar Studios in 2009. It was the first time I’d cried — real, whole-hearted tears — in a theatre. My companion was alarmed by my reaction and apologised for taking me to see the production. But there was nothing to apologise for: I was in my early twenties, not long out, and I’d finally seen a visceral, emotional truth to life as a gay man.

RYAN CORR AND CRAIG STOTT WHO PLAY SCHOOLBOY LOVERS TIMOTHY CONIGRAVE AND JOHN CALEO,

I bought the book the play was based upon, by Timothy Conigrave, and avidly delved again into the true story of his beautiful love affair with John Caleo.

They meet at an Australian high school in the 1970s, falling for each other as star-crossed teens, where Conigrave is an actor and Caleo the sports star. Conigrave chose the title from a phrase used by the rugby union team in which Caleo played.

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About Attitude

On the cover this month are American trans model Laith Ashley and the British Athletic Commission’s first LGB Ambassador Matt Lister. In our special report, one year into the current Government we look at how its actions are affecting you. Elsewhere, we interview the director and stars of Holding The Man, the powerful new Australian gay film that everyone should see. Plus, exclusive UK gay press interviews with Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, and director Andrew Steggall talks about his very personal coming of age film Departure.
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