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From the walled Old Town in Cartagena to the national parks on the Caribbean coast and the cool capital, Bogotá, Colombia is ready and waiting to be explored by tourists brandishing “pink pesos”.

The homeland of Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara, pop diva Shakira, and exercise craze Zumba, it’s not surprising that Colombia’s capital city, Bogotá boasts the (self-proclaimed) largest gay club in Latin America. Aptly named Theatron, it even holds its own drag race, Miss Gay Internacional.

Bogotá is a big, grand and modern city. My husband visited 15 years ago and recalled a homophobic place with one gay “hole in the wall” venue hidden in the suburbs and requiring a secret password to gain entry.

We were pleasantly surprised to find the capital, with its current population of 8 million people, now includes a wealth and variety of LGBT life, spread across several areas, positively and proudly revels in being “out”.

Every weekend, Bogotá is buzzing with a vibrant, diverse gay scene. The city’s annual gay pride event in June attracted 55,000 marchers in 2017. This from humble beginnings – only 32 people marched at the first one, a year after homosexuality was legalised.

The safest area for tourists is El Chicó, where stylish apartment blocks are sandwiched between banks and boutique hotels. We stayed at Click Clack, a hip hotel decorated in black and white with plenty of mirrors and glass.

Nearby is the city’s hottest food porn destination, Co – possibly the most minimalist restaurant in the world. The bare, white walls, grey concrete tables and Japanese-like pebble garden set the scene for inventive, deconstructed takes on borscht, duck confit and crème brûlée. To explore how Colombia has fused Asian flavours, Ceviche style, head to Wok. Its chain of 15 Bogotá restaurants, thanks to head chef Tansy Evans (Colombia’s answer to Nigella Lawson) might just be the best Pan-Asian food you’ll scoff outside its country of origin.

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Bed Time! It’s about sex, it’s about sleepwear, stripping off and dressing up fun bedroom times! Welcome to a very racy edition of DNA. You want sexy? Cover model, Brandy stars in our 10-page all-bedroom-no-sleep fashion shoot. Plus, we have an 8-page fantasy photo spread by Joel Devereux – 8 models, eight different kinks to explore. Meanwhile, Hollywood hunk, Chris Salvatore strips down for the lens of Venfield 8. Our Style pages by Joshua Heath are usually where we put clothes on models. This month, we’re taking clothes off Euan Doidge, star of Priscila: The Musical – and adding snakes! Nothing says sexy like a hot, naked actor with a serpent sliding down his thigh! For raunchy reads you’ll be hard pressed to find anything hotter than Jack Ladd’s latest sex-venture with a handsome hero in long johns, or Cameron McCool’s Your Best Sex Move column. Cameron comes onboard as DNA’s sex expert this month and, in future issues, he’ll be sharing great tips to help you get more out of sex. Write to him with your questions or share your best sex moves. Still talking sex, we go where the brave should fear to tread… Berlin. Yes, it’s the sex capital of the gay world where fantasies can be fulfilled but, be careful what you wish for. Rough, Dirty, Borderline Obscene is a cautionary tale from Marc Andrews. We don’t have a totally one-tracked mind. This month there are great feature stories to get into like our interview with Sally Field’s gay son, Sam. He tells us that growing up gay can be hard, even in the most loving household. Growing up gay can be especially hard when you’re trying to pray yourself straight. In a harrowing account of his youth, Chris Csabonyi recalls the years he spent in gay conversion therapy. Now, he’s campaigning for the practice to be made illegal and politicians are taking notice. Read his story and, perhaps, join his fight. All this and more in DNA #222, where too much sexy is barely enough!