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FINDING THE WAY BACK

A few drinks after work, party drugs on the weekend – many of us accept this as part of everyday LGBT life. It’s common, acceptable and even encouraged. This month, Vanessa McQuarrie asks, How do we know if we’re treating ourselves or cheating ourselves when drugs and alcohol are involved?

“PEOPLE TAKE drugs and alcohol because they like the way it makes them feel,” says Dr Brad McKay, a GP practicing in Sydney’s LGBT heartland. “Whether it’s relaxation from sedatives, a boost of energy from stimulants, or experiencing an altered reality from hallucinogens, drugs and alcohol can be appealing to many people. But they can be addictive.”

The problem is that every time we use them it sets up a pathway to the part of the brain where dopamine is released and, repeated use – travelling down what becomes a well-worn path – causes addiction. “The more we use addictive substances, the more we need to get the same effect,” says Dr McKay.

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Who’s that guy? We welcome hot new find, Mario Rossi, shot by Antony Kozz, to the cover of DNA #226. The 20-year-old Californian makes his debut in a sizzling 8-page spread. And if you like your men rougher, furrier and musclier you won’t want to miss Johnny by Russell Fleming, also featured inside. If you’re after some solid reads we have a bunch of great feature articles this month. We explore what it’s like to be young, queer and Russian… not great! But a new generation of activists are making a difference, plus we explore Russia’s gayer-than-advertised history! Meet Australia’s first openly gay Aussie Rules player… well, the actor who plays the character on TV. That’s delicious Ethan Panizza (Rusty from Playing For Keeps). Finding The Way back is part two of our series on addictions within the LGBT community, we review Boy Erased, and remember how much we were in love with River Phoenix before his untimely passing (and still are). Discover how music is helping break down barriers to LGBT equality in Uganda with the revolutionary Rainbow Riots movement and catch up with Professor Brian Cox – he’s Our Straight Mate this month and discusses the power of staring at the stars. Photographer Paul Freeman shares some of his sexy new Larrikin shots with us and declares the hairy bloke is an endangered species! And the Warwick Rowers give us the low down on stripping off to raise cash for their initiative to combat homophobia in sports. This, with all our regular features, makes DNA #226 one packed issue. Get it now.