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MAY DAY !

ACUTELY AWARE THAT HER GAY FRIENDS AND FAMILY STILL FACE INEQUALITY IN MODERN SOCIETY, A HIGHLY MOTIVATED MELBURNIAN, ANGIE GREENE, TOOK ACTION. MOVE IN MAY WAS A DAY OF SPORT AND SUPPORT FOR THE LGBTI COMMUNITY, ATTRACTING FOOTBALL HEROES, TV STARS, POLITICIANS AND HUNDREDS OF REGULAR FOLKS. MATTHEW MYERS WAS THERE, AND FILES THIS REPORT. PHOTOGRAPHY WARREN KNOWER.

This year, Crown Princess Mary addressed the IDAHOT Forum in Denmark, London City Hall raised the rainbow flag, Genoa turned its fountains pink, Cuba had a street parade, Pakistan a panel discussion, Albania a bike (P)ride) and Argentina danced a special tango. It all happened on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), held on May 17.

But while celebrations are big in Europe and Latin America, this internationally recognised day hasn’t struck a chord with Australians. This year, across the nation school children held cake sales, while some government departments in some states made an effort to raise awareness. Hardly the stuff to invigorate public awareness. Perhaps the day needs to be adapted in a way that’s relevant to Australians, and perhaps we’ve seen the first steps in that direction with the event Move In May, which happened in Melbourne this year.

How do you attract the attention of Aussies to such a day? You enlist the help of Australian Rules footy players for a start! Angie Greene, Move In May, organiser did just that and the event took place on Sunday May 22 with a fun run around the famous Tan (Botanical Gardens) track, followed by a celebration of food and music.

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This month we look at the madness of the Orlando shooting. There are plenty of tough questions to ask around homophobia, racism, gun control and terrorism but, in the end, love wins. We celebrate the way the world stood with the LGBTI community, and the positives that have emerged from the tragedy. We hit the road with Willie Gomez and the guys from Britney’s Vegas show in an amazing desert shoot by James Franklin. We also travel to the International Mr Leather competition in Chicago, and discover the delights and dangers of gay Cambodia. It’s the Foxy 40-somethings vs the Slutty 20-somethings in our Man To Man feature, we touch base with UK pop star Jake Quickenden, Opera Australia’s Adrian Tamburini, find out what happened to Madonna’s Vogue boys, and enjoy Archie going gay! We have Red Carpet Wonders from our style department, plus some wardrobe tips for Gay Ski Week. And there’s all your favourites like Dear Diva (she’ll fix ya’), Straight Mate, Nuttier, Burnttoast and Loving. And, of course, sexy boys galore!