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Digital Subscriptions > DNA Magazine > # 192 - Travel > SO LONG 2015, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING!


It was a year of monumental victories and heartbreaking injustices for the LGBTI world. Jesse Matheson looks back with wonder – and contempt where merited – on the people and events that shaped our very busy year.

IT WAS A YEAR OF CONTRASTS. Enormous wins and terrible losses. The year love prevailed on one side of the world and died on another. Of celebration, defeat and, of course, the year we finally saw Justin Bieber’s schlong – affectionally named Jerry by his fans.

A sea of rainbows as the Supreme Court legalises same-sex marriage across the USA.

It was the year it became fashionable for world leaders to openly support LGBT issues including, but not limited to, samesex marriage. Obama, Hillary Clinton, Julia Gillard and Australia’s latest new Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, suddenly, and coincidentally, decided now was the time to act.

This was the year that tested boundaries and broke them with sports stars coming out en masse and the rising phenomena of heterosexual men giving each other blowjobs (or “bro jobs”, because why the hell not?).

2015 was a year of intense momentum that some may look back on with happiness or pain.

So pull up a stool and shake up some Cosmos, this one’s a doozy: One of the greatest moments in LGBT history occurred this year in June when the Supreme Court of the United States legalised same-sex marriage across the nation. I woke up on that day, read the headline, looked out the window and thought, it really is a new age. The US followed in the footsteps of Ireland and Luxembourg, who had earlier in the year acted on marriage equality. There are now 21 countries where gay marriage is legal.

Australia, however, is not one of them. The long journey to equality is stalled behind a battleline drawn in the sand by former, now very much irrelevant, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Thanks to his damaging, albeit shortlived government, a “plebiscite” [public vote] on same-sex marriage awaits on the horizon of 2016. Ominous.

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DNA #192 is our Travel Issue. Our gorgeous cover model this month is Neighbours star Matt Wilson. Check out his sexy shoot with photographer Christian Scott inside. Matt also talks to DNA exclusively about playing gay on Australia’s most loved soap, his previous career as an aussieBum model and his advice for gay guys and girls struggling with their sexuality. Want more hot guys? Online favourite Cole Monahan teams up with Michael Dar for a racy shoot, Daniel Garofali gets down and dirty with James Demitri and we check out the hottest shots from fire island (no pun intended). #192 is our Travel Issue and we have plenty of amazing holiday pieces. We check out the five star living of Bali, check out the boys, beads and non-stop parties of New Orleans, hit the slopes in Queenstown for Gay Ski Week, hit the desert of Palm Springs for their White Party and hit up gay pride in Spain. We catch up with Sydney rocker Jack Colwell, find out why Adele is the biggest pop star on the planet, chat to Skyhooks legend Bob Starkie ahead of the band’s 40th anniversary and watch In The Grayscale, a new film about coming to terms with who you really are. We also check out The Drunk Shakespeare Society, the rise of the bromance, DNA’s diva and team give advice to a reader struggling to find love, check out the hottest looks from the Marco Marco fashion show and farewell 2015 with our year in review and why it was a massive year for gay music. Also our favourites are here, too, including Loving, Month in a Minute, Boys Toys and Urban Homo.