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From reformed gang members to Russian models in exile to Aussie farmers and visionary artists, this issue is all about the people who have dared to dream big, even if there is a price to pay.
One such man is our cover model, Konstantin Kostyn. He’s appeared in many swimwear and underwear fashion stories for us already, and in ads for our partners. Originally from St Petersburg, the model and PT now finds himself living on the Indonesian island of Bali while Russia’s war against Ukraine drags on. There are worse places to be stuck, but it’s not home, he tells us. His eight-page swimwear shoot shows he still has what it takes.
Farmer Dave Graham’s dream was to take over the running of his family property in western Queensland, but a rift with his family when he came out as gay on television’s Big Brother ended that hope. Today, he works with traumatised youth and has found love with fiancé, Shazli. We catch up with Dave, meet Shazli, and hear how working dogs provide great therapy to the kids Dave works with.
From teenage gang member to fashion model and loving dad, Freddy Santos has been on a steep learning curve for most of his life. Time in prison, some tough life lessons, and a trusted gay mentor have made him the man he is today. “In the end, you alone are the person walking that path to success or that path to prison. Choose your path. Be you in all your glory,” he tells us. Plus there are eight pages of Freddy doing his thing in underwear and the boxing ring.
The male nude and the great Western Australian landscape combine in the sublime work of photographer Richard Matias. With his new book Handsome fresh on the shelves, we spoke to the image maker about his work and his models. Plus, we discover the work of illustrator JC Leyendecker – a great artist whose work and contribution to LGBTQIA+ culture was very nearly lost.
Our major feature is Getting Slammed: Sex And The Male Prisoner. It’s a deep dive into what drives prison fantasies and how they have influenced gay male culture.
We sample new music from Pet Shop Boys, Dale Move, Jake Shears, Nakhane, Kim Petras and Jordy. We check out the latest in gay male fiction and discover that Agatha Christie was a lot more bent than most people realise.
Our Straight Mate, comedian Anthony Locascio discovers he’s an otter and reveals who he’d turn gay for! We get sweaty with leather daddy Paco in the dungeon and jump in the shower with Argentinean model Maxi.
Plus all your favourite regulars – Fight Club, The Debrief, Burnttoast and Nathan Valvo, our favourite gay comedian with daddy issues, gets the last word.