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THE FREER SKIER

Out, proud, gay and world number-one… and he rescues puppies! What’s not to love about US Slopestyle Skier, Gus Kenworthy?
GUS ATTENDS THE LA PREMIERE OF LOVE, SIMON.

Augustus Richard “Gus” Kenworthy was born in Chelmsford, England in 1991 and was brought to the United States at a young age by his mother, Pip, who settled the family in the ski town of Telluride, Colorado.

In the 1990s, Telluride was one of the premier winter sports destinations in the United States so, like many local kids, Gus began to ski not long after he began to walk, beginning a life-long passion for the snow.

Gus has said he became aware of his attraction to other males from a very young age, telling an interviewer in 2015, “I figured out I was gay at about the age of five. If I was watching a movie, I was always fixating on the male lead… [by the time I] was in high school I realised, ‘Oh, I’m actually really into guys and want to hook up with them,’ but that was not an option at all. I’d just turned pro in skiing, and I was travelling, so there were girls at events, and they’d get pushed on you, and it was hard to circumnavigate that.”

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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!