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SAME STORIES, DIFFERENT FACES

It’s 2017 and in Australia gay kids are being physically abused and made homeless by their own families. Even worse, the LGBT community is turning a blind eye. Is it because these gay kids are also Muslims? Gay Muslims are suffering in a way that has not touched the mainstream gay community for decades. Imam Nur Warsame, Australia’s only openly gay imam, is standing on the frontline of a struggle against homophobia and violence.

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MELBOURNE’S IMAM NUR WASAME, SAYS MAINSTREAM GAY SOCIETY IS DEAF TO THE PLIGHT OF GAY MUSLIM YOUTH.

So, we won, right? The anti-gay laws throughout Australia are decades behind us; there are openly gay folk everywhere in society; it’s now so easy to come out that many do it at high school; gay bashings and other hate crimes are almost unheard of; Mardi Gras is no longer a protest but a celebration; the concept of gay parenthood barely raises an eyebrow; homophobic statements by the likes of Margaret Court are called out and howled down as the nonsense they are.

In fact, we’ve come so far that the Victorian Government has even allocated $15 million for the construction of Australia’s first Pride Centre, which will be bigger than San Francisco’s. The war is over and we were victorious, weren’t we? All that remains is the inevitable victory lap of same-sex marriage. Right?

That’s what I thought but, sadly, it’s not true. Imam Nur Warsame, Australia’s first and only openly gay imam, says there is a significant group of gay people still suffering in the way that we all once did. Gay Muslims in Australia are still being expelled from their families and made homeless, vilified by their religious leaders and assaulted by their former friends. Most alarming is that the rest of the gay community is doing almost nothing to help them. The warriors for equality, it seems, have laid down their arms to enjoy the fruits of victory, forgetting the solidarity that brought us this far. Today you can call yourself a gay activist by whining on social media that straight people still have it better, while ignoring the fact there are gay people among us fighting for the right to simply exist.

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Sexiest Men Alive! Yes, it's our annual list of the hot guys from around the world who've collectively been raising the temperature over the last 12 months. Who is on the list? Well… a few notable international leaders, some super-hotties from the world of sport, a set of sultry twins, fitness models, super heroes, one cute pop star, a gymnast, a web cam exhibitionist, a Russian PT we know you love!, and, believe it or not, a herbalist! Plus, the fabulous nobodies who melt Instagram with every holiday snap or early morning selfie. We also take a tour of "the Fantasy Factory"… actually, it's just the cutting room at N2N Bodywear where they make all that sexy gear for guys, and we help the brand celebrate its 20th anniversary by digging out the still-nut-hot photo shoots of their most memorable garments. Well worth another look! Seriously, we look at gay homeless kids in Australia and ask, "Why is this still happening?" Answer: it has to do with religion. On a lighter note, we chat with Bianca Del Rio and manage to offend her! We travel to some of the world's best and most romantic Honeymoon Hotspots for newlywed chaps. Our Straight Mate is TV star Patrick Brammall who agrees, "I look hot in my police uniform." Well, he does! All that more, this month in DNA #212.
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