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Is your partner abusing you physically or mentally? A third of us will be the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of someone we love, but most of us won’t necessarily realise it. GT investigates how to tell if you’re in an abusive relationship – and how to escape

“The first thing I remember after being punched in the mouth was my front tooth snapping and hitting the back of my throat,” recalls Danny, 22. “Then, once I’d fallen to the floor, I felt his shoe kicking my ribs over and over again. I don’t know how long it lasted as my body seemed to go numb. But I remember he finished it off with a boot to the left side of my head that burst my ear drum.”

More than 5,000 gay men are the victims of homophobic attacks each year in the UK. But what if the person who assaults you is your own boyfriend? You’d leave him straight away, wouldn’t you? Well, half of gay men abused by their partners don’t. And most don’t think domestic abuse exists between men. Danny was one of them.

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“We got together when I was 18 and recently ‘out’, and he was 25,” he tells us. “He was the sweetest, kindest guy and I liked the fact he was a bit older and more experienced than me. I moved in with him after a couple when I noticed he drank quite a bit. And if he had too much, he’d turn into a completely different person and would argue over silly things. He’d get really obsessive over where I was going if it wasn’t with him. And I’d let him read my emails and texts to reassure him I wasn’t seeing someone else. But he never trusted me.

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Two things: it’s the October issue. October, you say? Better start on that Christmas list then! Second: it’s been 20 years since Hollyoaks launched on UK TV. Where has the time gone you ask? We’re not sure either but to celebrate the passing of this year (and the last twenty), we’ve pulled off a blinder and got you not one, two or even three Hollyoaks hotties but a quartet of soapland studs. You’ll instantly recognize both Kieron Richardson and James Sutton – both veterans of GT - having racked up no less than 3 covers and countless in-mag appearance between them; for good reason. Let us also introduce Parry Glasspool and Ross Adams for those of you who aren't yet familiar. Ross is a proper gent in real life but since hitting our screens back in April his character - Scott Drinkwell – has already helped kidnap a baby, lied about his HIV status and tried to come between lovebirds Ste and John Paul (played by Kieron and James). Tsk tsk. We’d say it’s time to stop and catch your breath but before you come up for air, take note: Parry Glasspool. Page 42. GT October. S’all we are saying. Also in this issue – wait there’s more? Yep… We met up with Dannii Minogue backstage before her gig at this year’s Manchester Pride for an exclusive chat. Exclusive means you won’t find it anywhere else, so we’ll leave this here and let you read the full interview, only in this month’s GT. And... Connor Franta Christos Tsiolkas Empire Cuffs Lauren Harries does Sweetie, Darling? Debate: Gay characters Analysis: rentboy.com Heroes: Ben Bradshaw MP Domestic Violence Gay Lego fans James Bond got gay Galantis Also, all stuff you know and love: GT Fitty - Sam Bird Michelle Visage Benjamin Cohen Mikey Walsh Michael Alig The Guyliner Positive Luke PJ Brennan Fit with Chris Jones 2 Lovely Gays Edd Kimber Gastro Gays Edd Kimber Modern Family That should be enough to keep you going for the next four weeks. Enjoy!

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