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In 2018, Australia celebrated the 40th anniversary of a riot. What began as a protest in 1978 in support of gay and lesbian rights, turned into a street fight with police. It changed Australia, led to law reform, and created a Parade, Party and Festival celebrating all things LGBTIQ. And it became a treasured cultural institution, loved by most Australians regardless of their sexuality or gender identity.

This year’s celebration was always going to be a special one – not least because marriage equality was achieved late last year, and because gay icon and pop goddess, Cher was in town to perform live at the after party.

She also brought the Parade to a standstill when she appeared en route to chat with fans, SBS host Joel Creasey and even the PM, Malcolm Turnbull.

Photographing the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the most exciting and challenging assignments on the DNA calendar.

With nearly 200 Parade entries in 2018, and hundreds of costumed revellers on the route, the Parade has a million variable components. It’s constantly moving forward, meaning photographers can’t ask the Parade to stop while they get their shot. Everything has to be captured on the hop, and if a photograher misses the shot, they have to run ahead of the Parade and hope they get a second chance.

The lighting conditions are constantly changing: there are fireworks, glitter cannons, smoke machines, and some floats have spotlights, strobes and disco balls to contend with. Plus, there are other photographers, TV crews and support vehicles to watch out for.

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This month we celebrate the boys who say, “I do!” and all the fun that weddings can be. Ricky and Zak, Ivan and Chris, and Ben and Michael all share their special days with us. Our style guru makes suggestions on buying the suits, we take a trip to a bespoke ring maker, we meet wedding photographers and celebrants, plus we get a bit sexy with the groom’s hot brother! Yes campaigner, Alex Greenwich reveals some of the dirty tricks used by the No side during the postal survey and talks about how he coped with death threats and abuse. In Trouble In Paradise, we reconsider our travel plans – especially to parts of the world that are actively hostile to LGBT travellers. This important feature reveals where not to go and why. Opera singer and pop star Kyle Bielfield talks about the challenges facing creative artists, we revisit Madonna’s Ray Of Light 20 years on, and head back to the theatre for the latest gender-bending production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. We interview Tom Cocquerel about his latest role as Errol Flynn and chat with veteran actor Bruce L Hart about coming out in Hollywood before it was cool. Historically we take a look at the life of the quaintly queer Quentin Crisp as the final instalment of his autobiography hits the shelves, and we reveal some of the sordid details of The Cleveland Street Scandal – read all about the prince and the rent boys! Sexy boys in this issue include cover star Dmitry Tumash and Francesco Della Vedova. Plus, in the Digital version, you’ll find 50 extra pages of pin-ups and amazing Sydney Mardi Gras photographs.