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Matthew Shepard

Sometimes a crime is so shocking that it strikes a raw nerve in the public consciousness. The killing of Matthew Shepard is an example. On October 6th, 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, USA, 21-year-old university student Matthew Shepard was tied to a wooden fence, tortured and left to die. On the 20th anniversary of one of the worst gay hate crimes in American history, DNA revisits what happened on that night and why. Matthew’s mother, Judy speaks to us about the events following his death, and how the current US President is undermining LGBTIQ civil rights.

Matthew Shepard.
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This month we have a suitcase full of great travel suggestions for LGBTIQ wanderers. We name the 10 Best Countries for gay travel based on their civil and human rights records and willingness to market directly to the LGBT world. And we shame the 10 Worst Countries. Shockingly, some of these are probably among your favourites and you may want to reconsider your travel plans after reading this story. Raunchy writer, Jack Ladd joins us again with a tantalising tale about his holiday sex-ploits. Yes, holiday sex is the best! We also have three very important news features. Firstly, it’s the 20th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard. The brutal killing of the Wyoming student shocked the world and eventually saw the Obama administration pass hate laws. We speak to his mother, Judy, about Matthew, her work as an LGBTIQ advocate and activist, and what her son’s legacy means. Saving LGBTIQ kids from mental health issues, self-harm or worse is the main objective of Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons. His LoveLoud concert just raised over one-million dollars for youth support organisations. We talk to this incredible straight alley about why he has championed our cause and what’s at stake for him. The trauma that gay people experience as children or in their teens can be the trigger for later-life issues like addictions. In the first of a six-part series, we ask experts to describe what trauma means and discover that sometimes we don’t even realise we’ve been affected by it. This is an essential read for everyone. We have some great interviews this month: actor Harry Cook gets fired up about casting gays in gay roles, Ronan “DILF” Keating recalls his Boyzone days, dreamy hippie Matt Price reveals he once wore a man-kini, and super-hot New York model, Matt James explains how he’s a different kind of “all-American boy” – and there’s eight sizzling pages of him to enjoy.

Other Articles in this Issue

2019 is shaping up as a year of exceptional LGBT travel.
Matt Corby and Sundays at the Impy.
Have we found the best album of 2018?
A very English scandal.
Two great new photo books from Paul Freeman.
Stay fresh and flirt-worthy on your next long-haul flight.
Stay in style in the style capital of the world.
Vaudeville is brought back to life in a new, original Australian musical.
TEAMM8’s stable of model men!
DNA Samples
Talks George Michael, Whitney, Elton and Elvis!
Smashby, the Brit pop boy who loves twerking and world domination!
Actor, Harry Cook discusses gay shame and casting.
Acoustic guitarist Matt Price in a “revealing” interview.
Dan Reynolds helping LGBT youth through music.
How childhood trauma can lead to adult addictions.
Fortitude Valley, is textured, diverse and ever-evolving.
Recalling a shocking hate crime, 20 years on.
Jarrah Martin stars in DNA's cover shoot
Fashionista, cross-fit expert, athlete, model, writer… Matt James is not just your average over-achieving American hunk!
Extra photoshoots for Mobile readers.
The Travel Issue
The Queen Of The Rhine.
Tropical beach, gay romp!
It's a first!
2019 is Europride in Vienna.
Food, fashion, art, handsome locals…
Welcome to California’s best-kept secret – San Diego.
An erotic memoir by Jack Ladd.