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By Marc Andrews

FIFTY YEARS young this year, The Boys In The Band is still, arguably, one of the most important gay-themed plays in theatre. It is frank, funny and often painful to watch. That five decades later, a play that puts gay life centre stage is still rare, says much about its continuing relevance.

When The Boys In The Band premiered off Broadway in New York in 1968, it titillated and shocked mainstream theatregoers with its brutal portrayal of a small group of gay friends. Gay men flocked to the show, finally seeing an honest depiction of their lives on stage.

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Slip into your hottest jockstrap and spray on some extra deodorant – it’s the Sports Issue! Meet the Players… Adam Rippon, America’s ice-skating darling; Gus Kenworthy the hunky out skier loves kissing his boyfriend – and Adam Rippon! We’ve got UK rugby’s Stuart Reardon who’s not only a total tattooed hunk, but now and author and accomplished photographer and we have some very sexy selfies from Stu to prove it! And Olympic Golden Boy, Matthew Mitcham on being the first openly gay athlete to win Olympic gold and the highs and lows of his ten years since then! We also have a sexy story from Jack Ladd recounting a very memorable encounter with a high-profile rugby fantasy! Rocking the Pump! jockstrap on the cover is American model Andrew Corvin – and there’s a lot more to see of him inside. In the serious features department we have an excellent news story on Indonesia’s slide into repressive religious laws that are going to make gay sex illegal. And we have a fascinating insight into the K-pop industry: for a country that does acknowledge homosexuality, they certainly use a lot of boy-on-boy imagery to sell music! In travel, we reveal Costa Rica as the new gay honeymoon hotspot. In pop culture we catch up with Tracey Thorn, Datarock and Melodywhore. In theatre, it’s all about the Broadway revival of The Boys In The Band, Trevor Ashley’s Bodybag, and the Catherine McGregor story, Still Point Turning. Our Straight Mate is James Hoare from TV’s Picnic At Hanging Rock (find out his gay crush). Elsewhere, Dear Diva talks straight, we review music and books and bring you two sensational pin-up hotties!

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The stare of play, from Matthew Mitcham to Indonesia.
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You’ve got big gay problems… she’s got straight-talking answers!
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Star of The Bodybag.
Scandi-cool band.
Sinister electro band!
Everything But The Girl’s Tracey Thorn returns triumphantly as queen of the dance floor.
With Ryan Murphy’s revival about to open on Broadway, Marc Andrews looks back at the original Boys In The Band.
New York audiences are about to rediscover Mart Crowley’s The Boys In The Band with an all-gay, all-star revival. Matt Myers previews this landmark production.
A new criminal code being considered by Indonesian lawmakers has the potential to outlaw same-sex relationships.
Few Koreans acknowledge the existence of homosexuality, but contrived homoerotic imagery is used by the K-Pop industry to sell their artists. So what happens when a genuine LGBTIQ K-pop singer comes out?
With the election of a pro-gay marriage president, Costa Rica just became one of the hottest LGBT travel destinations. Just beware the occasional earthquake.
Still Point Turning
Actor, James Hoare.
Sports Features
Flamboyant, yet with a steely resolve forged by adversity, Adam proves it takes balls to be a queen – and the world loves him for it.
Out, proud, gay and world number-one… and he rescues puppies! What’s not to love about US Slopestyle Skier, Gus Kenworthy?
Rugby star, model, personal trainer and now author and photographer. Matt Myers touches base with Stuart Reardon, a DNA favourite who is anything but Defeated (the title of his new book).
It’s ten years since Matthew Mitcham wrote himself
In this erotic encounter, boy-about-town Jack Ladd describes how hard he fell for a fantasy man In this erotic encounter, boy-about-town Jack Ladd describes how hard he fell for a fantasy man from a famous rugby club.
Team Sydney supports health, fitness and the sporting way within diverse LGBTIQ communities.
Daniel is a London-based personal trainer. He eats six times a day and works out six times a week. Famous for his fetish shoots on gay hook-up site, Recon, Dan says, “On Instagram a lot of girls ask if I’m straight… I love it!”
Or tennis, rather! The former DNA cover model shows fine form on the court. Game, set and match.
On the cover.