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TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED

Being of Arab descent and growing up in conservative Western Sydney is not the usual path to hosting a national parade celebrating gay and lesbian pride. But that’s the Patrick Abboud story so far. A selfdescribed “GWOG”, he was once nearly stoned (in the Biblical sense) and thinks his mum and dad’s love and support is awesome. The SBS journalist and presenter opens up to DNA…
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DNA: Hi Patrick! Do you have a nickname? Patrick Abboud: I’ve been called Pat for as long as I remember. It’s funny, my dad is the only one who still calls me by my full name, in a very deep authoritative voice, so now when I hear someone address me as Patrick I feel like I’m in trouble [laughs]!

Okay, Pat, can we just say – you have a dream job! I’m very grateful for the opportunties I have. Storytelling is a powerful tool to bring people together; to instigate change and enrich lives. Whether on TV, in a theatre, at an event, on the radio or online, I love what I do so much. It makes me feel so alive and engaged.

So, what is a GWOG? [Laughs] Just when you thought you got all those acronyms sorted, here I am with yet another. GWOG is a term some mates and I came up with to describe GLBTQIers who are anything but white: gay wogs, or coloured queer folk.

Where did you grow up? Western Sydney.

Growing up in Western Sydney, were there any GWOG reference points? Did you have gay friends? Not at all. I convinced myself that I had to turn off my attraction to men; that I had to be hyper-masculine almost, and have a girlfriend (which I did for a very long time right up until my early twenties). I supressed so much of what I really felt. I knew I was gay from the age of about 13 but there was nothing or no one around me that I could turn to that said what I was feeling was okay.

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DNA 196 | We’re going to the chapel and we’re gunna get married. That’s right it is our wedding special as we take a look at the best ways to prepare to tie the knot with fashion pitfalls you should avoid and how to deal with the big-day blues from style consultant Joshua Heath. Our Grooming expert Will Fennell has suggestions to help you look your best on your big day – from looking less wrinkly to fine-tuning your kissable lips, home facials, and sexy scents. DNA speaks with 10 gay couples about how they planned for and celebrated their big day … some of the stories will bring a tear of joy to your eye! Plus hear how Bollywood flash mobs, colour schemers, an arrest for disorderly conduct, and two deaths all tie into a frenzied lead-up to one couples wedding in London. It’s not all nuptials and rings this edition of DNA, we catch up with Aussie journalist Patrick Abboud to chat about growing up in conservative Arab Western Sydney plus hosting the national broadcast of Sydney’s gay and lesbian Mardi Gras! We also jump in the kitchen of the super sexy Jordan Burno from the Australian TV show My Kitchen Rules. In pictures we catch up with former cover model Willie Gomez and Iggy Goncalve, we also take a look the new trend that see’s muscle men wear womens under. All that and so much more in this issue of DNA Magazine
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