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HOW THE “YES” WAS WON

DEATH THREATS, DIRTY TRICKS AND HARD SLOG… HOW DID ALEX GREENWICH SURVIVE THE GRUELLING MARRIAGE EQUALITY CAMPAIGN IN AUSTRALIA? HE TELLS ANDREW CREAGH ABOUT THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE STRUGGLE – AND WHAT HE THINKS THE NO SIDE WILL DO NEXT.
ALEX AND SYDNEY LORD MAYOR, CLOVER MOORE AT MARDI GRAS.

DNA: For years, before the postal survey, opinion polls showed that Australians supported samesex marriage. How did that effect the way the Yes campaign was run?

Alex Greenwich: There was strong support in Australia, and that was consistent across all polls, so the challenge of the postal survey was to make sure that support was reflected in the result. We had to make sure people filled out their survey forms and returned them and encouraged everyone else to do that same. We still had to put forward the case for marriage equality, and we still had to defend against the nonsense that was coming from the No side, but a core component of our campaign was, “get out and vote”.

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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.