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SLOW TRAIN COMING

PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANK FARRUGIA (SAME LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY, SAMELOVE.COM.AU)

IT TOOK 16 YEARS, EIGHT PROPOSALS, ONE COMMITMENT CEREMONY, TWO WEDDINGS, ONE HIGH COURT CHALLENGE, A TRIP TO CANADA AND A RACIST, XENOPHOBIC NANNA CHANGING HER MIND – BUT CHRIS AND IVAN HINTON-TEOH ARE FINALLY MARRIED! THEY TELL ANDREW CREAGH ABOUT THEIR LONG, LONG JOURNEY TOGETHER.

DNA: Two weddings and a commitment ceremony… you must be pretty good at weddings by now.

Ivan: It’s actually eight proposals, two weddings and a commitment ceremony.

Eight Proposals?

Chris: Ivan proposed to me two weeks into the relationship. I thought it was a bit too soon. Living together helped give me a better idea of whether we’d be able to weather life’s ups and downs. He proposed practically annually from there. He went all-out on the last proposal, which sealed the deal.

Ivan: Despite being gay, and the 2004 [Howard government] amendment happening at the time our relationship was developing, I had an unshakable belief that marriage was part of my future. I grew up around strong and enduring marriages and I hoped for that for myself. Usually, if you propose to someone and they say no, that ends the relationship and you move on. With Chris I didn’t want to give up. From very early on, I knew life with Chris would be phenomenal. It took perseverance.

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This month we celebrate the boys who say, “I do!” and all the fun that weddings can be. Ricky and Zak, Ivan and Chris, and Ben and Michael all share their special days with us. Our style guru makes suggestions on buying the suits, we take a trip to a bespoke ring maker, we meet wedding photographers and celebrants, plus we get a bit sexy with the groom’s hot brother! Yes campaigner, Alex Greenwich reveals some of the dirty tricks used by the No side during the postal survey and talks about how he coped with death threats and abuse. In Trouble In Paradise, we reconsider our travel plans – especially to parts of the world that are actively hostile to LGBT travellers. This important feature reveals where not to go and why. Opera singer and pop star Kyle Bielfield talks about the challenges facing creative artists, we revisit Madonna’s Ray Of Light 20 years on, and head back to the theatre for the latest gender-bending production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We interview Tom Cocquerel about his latest role as Errol Flynn and chat with veteran actor Bruce L Hart about coming out in Hollywood before it was cool. Historically we take a look at the life of the quaintly queer Quentin Crisp as the final instalment of his autobiography hits the shelves, and we reveal some of the sordid details of The Cleveland Street Scandal – read all about the prince and the rent boys! Sexy boys in this issue include cover star Dmitry Tumash and Francesco Della Vedova. Plus, in the Digital version, you’ll find 50 extra pages of pin-ups and amazing Sydney Mardi Gras photographs.