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Mild-mannered Cort Lane is an LGBTIQ hero. He’s helping Marvel and Disney create inclusive content that entertains kids and recognizes the diversity of the modern world. But it hasn’t always been lycra-clad super-hunks and fairy princesses for Cort and, like most heroes, he’s had to battle bad guys and demons. Now the Marvel senior executive is giving back through GLADD, GLSEN, and discovering his leatherman alter-identity!

DNA: What did superheroes mean to you when you were growing up?

Cort Lane: Superheroes were my escape and inspiration. I hesitate to mention, because I don’t need anyone’s sympathy, but I didn’t know my father and was raised on welfare and it was all very chaotic. Like a lot of little gay boys, I didn’t understand why I felt so different to other boys, so I kept to myself, reading comic books constantly. The courage of the heroes was inspiring but – and this is the part that gave me hope – Marvel comics were full of characters who were feared for being different. The X-Men were picked on. Peter Parker (Spider-Man) was misunderstood. The Hulk…. They made it okay, even awesome, to be different.

You were drawn to comics where the heroes had muscular, sporty physiques; were you also drawn to sport?

[Laughs] No, bad at all sports. I was a quiet nerd but I wanted a beefy body like the superheroes, not yet really understanding my attraction to them. I drew the characters a lot, with huge muscles. Captain America was my favorite to draw and I look back now and realise, “Oh, because he was a skinny, bullied kid who got muscly. Duh.” Thank God gay men have made going to the gym a sport.

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On The Cover, Diego Sechi – Sexy from Miami. Rod And Cesar – Rings, tuxedos, fine wines, dog… it’s a gay wedding! 15 Fab Wedding Locations – Why choose a run-of-the-mill function centre when you could wed somewhere truly spectacular? Robbie and Joep – Together 45 years and finally wed! No To Marriage – Not everyone in the LGBTIQ world wants to wed. Find out why. Steven Oliver – He’s back and Bigger And Blacker than ever! Pete Buttigieg – Can the Obama-style boy-from-nowhere become the first openly gay president of the United States? Aaron Porter – His music as “sexy, true, dirty!” So’s he. Wentworth’s Robbie Magasiva – “Will Jackson and Jake should definitely get it on!” Marvel Man – Cort Lane is the Marvel exec bringing LGBTIQ heroes to kids’ programming. Plus, he’s friends with Barbie and Ken! Joshua Moore – Meet porn’s English gent who’s hung like a donkey! Nate Ward – When you look this good, don’t spoil the view with too many clothes. Simon Dunn – This month’s he’s working on our legs! Body Of Work – Richard Matias’ photography celebrates the beauty of men. Plus – Billie Eilish, Morrissey, Sigrid, David Bowie’s Lazarus, Matador, Month In A Minute, Fight Club and more.