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FIGHTING FOR OUR LIVES

A new book brings to life the dramatic struggle that marked Australia’s response to HIV/AIDS – a tale of illness, death, hate, discrimination, unity, hope and ultimately triumph. Review by Tom Hunter.

On February 7, 1985, a crucial meeting took place when 400 members of Sydney’s gay community squeezed into the New South Wales Teacher’s Federation Building. The tension in the air was palpable.

ACT UP demonstration outside the US consul building, Sydney, June 1990.
PHOTOGRAPHY JAMIE DUNBAR

For more than two years they had watched in horror as AIDS swept across the globe, and now it had crashed upon Australian shores. People were beginning to die, in growing numbers. The prime target of the disease was gay men, sex workers and injecting drug users, so there was an understandable amount of fear in the air.

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This month, Nordic hunk, Patrik Isoaho rocks the cover and there are eight awesome more pages of his gorgeousness inside. Plus, 8 raunchy pages of Insta-hunk RickyLfitmodel playing fantasy dress-ups to enjoy. It’s also our Travel Issue so naturally we found the 10 Best Gay Beaches In The World, sent the boys to get naked in the snow at Whistler Pride, spent 72 hours on the run in Jordan and Israel, got lost in Austin, and cruised the west coast of Australia on a marathon 1,200km bike ride. We also discover Croatia, where you can have a little work done while you play! Yes, cosmetic tourism is booming in this Mediterranean paradise. You might go home looking tanned, healthy and very refreshed! Pop star Mika pops by for a chat and tells us HEAPS of stuff we didn’t expected to hear! Like how he came out, his battles with the music industry, his doubts and ultimate revelations! We review new music from Marc Almond among others, new books by Bryan Washington and Gareth Greenwell and the best streaming shows around. Plus, we meet Kaytranada – the hottest musician on the planet right now you didn’t know about. And there's an in depth look at the HIV heroes of Australia in Fighting For Our Lives. Our adult star interview this month is with Sir Jet – a muscle dude who rocks high heels and produces his own music. He’s a fascinating read! All this and more!