In­tro­duc­ing the Your DNA edi­tion.

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT - Andrew Creagh, Found­ing Edi­tor

THIS MONTH, DNA’s read­ers be­come DNA’s con­trib­u­tors. It’s an ex­cit­ing spe­cial edi­tion which has been both ex­hil­a­rat­ing and re­ward­ing to edit. A few months ago, we in­vited read­ers to send in their sto­ries, cre­ative writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and il­lus­tra­tions for what we called a reader-made is­sue. My fear was that no-one would! I shouldn’t have wor­ried. The re­sponse was ter­rific. Ev­ery­one has a story to tell and the adage that truth is stranger than fic­tion is proven on the fol­low­ing pages. There are heart­break­ing per­sonal sto­ries from younger read­ers about com­ing out and find­ing their way. Sadly, some of the sto­ries tell of those who didn’t make it. There are fas­ci­nat­ing rec­ol­lec­tions of gay days gone by from older read­ers. To my sur­prise, there were sev­eral po­etry sub­mis­sions and two – one erotic and one hu­mor­ous – are in­cluded. Not sur­pris­ingly, many DNA read­ers are skilled pho­tog­ra­phers and we re­ceived a broad range of physique and art works. Sex, drugs and dance floors are fea­tured but, equally, so are ac­counts of gay life away from the bright lights. If there’s an over-arch­ing theme it’s one of trans­for­ma­tion. It’s a key el­e­ment in the per­sonal sto­ries, pho­tog­ra­phy, il­lus­tra­tions and fic­tion. Com­ing out, be­com­ing the people we were al­ways meant to be, or es­cap­ing from the con­straints and ex­pec­ta­tions of oth­ers re­mains a con­stant in the lives of gay people, it seems. I thank ev­ery­one who gen­er­ously sub­mit­ted work for this is­sue. I’m sure that you’ll find these sto­ries com­pelling and in­spir­ing. You’ll cer­tainly get to know your fel­low DNA read­ers a lit­tle bet­ter and, I trust, judge them kindly. Un­til next month, en­joy.

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