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JAMAICA: WORK IN PROGRESS

Incredibly, HIV treatment drugs are free, but getting an HIV test could ruin your reputation. Condoms are widespread, but buying lubricant involves social shaming. Welcome to the contradictory world of Jamaica, long considered a homophobic hotspot in the Caribbean. Things are changing, though, activist Jumoke Patrick tells Andrew Creagh.

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J-Flag activist, Jumoke Patrick

DNA: Would it be fair to say that it’s not easy to live as an openly gay man in Jamaica?

Jumoke Patrick: Yes, that’s true. We still have far to go to acceptance and tolerance. We know that there are difficulties. We know that on the broader population does not accept homosexuality but we now know that that can change and are working towards a place of more respect and dignity. Surprisingly, to many people, we have been working with the government on this. Publically they will not support us but in our private meetings they tell us how they feel. At the end of the day your political career depends on what your constituency has to say about a particular issue.

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As the temperature soars Down Under we showcase the best men's swimwear for 2017 with 26 pages of Banging’ Beachwear For Blokes. We also check out the latest in leather and fetishwear from Aussie brand, Army Of Men. In news features we ask WTF America? How did Trumpty Dumpty get to sit on the wall? We also take a look at the crazy opinions expressed by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. It’s not pretty! We visit Jamaica, where things are slowly improving for civil rights, and we hear the harrowing stories of refugees arriving on Europe's southern shores. In a tragic year for music, we look at the life and career of Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns, but in good news catch up with ’80s gender bender, Marilyn. He's back, off drugs and ready to kickstart his career. Plus, Josh Thomas talks about life on his hit TV show, Please Like Me. Harvey Fierstein talks Kinky Boots and why he makes bad television! DNA's Dr Zac shows how to Make Yourself The Perfect Summer Package, while sexy chef Jordan Bruno puts some heat in the kitchen and on your plate. Our regular Man To Man columnist Mario Forgione discusses ten years of life with HIV. It's hot. It's happening. You want it!
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