FROM THE EDI­TOR.

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Ap­par­ently, Bette Mi­dler is ho­mo­pho­bic. You’ve prob­a­bly read her tweet: “Trump and Putin are meet­ing in Fin­land next month. That’s a long way to travel for a blowjob, but hey – Putin’s got the money.”

You’ve prob­a­bly also seen the out­rage it stirred on­line with many peo­ple ac­cus­ing Bette of be­ing ho­mo­pho­bic.

You could say that the joke de­means both men by sug­gest­ing they’re go­ing to have gay sex – but it’s only de­mean­ing if you think be­ing gay is de­mean­ing. Bette Mi­dler doesn’t think that. She’s a cham­pion of the gays, and has al­ways loved a bawdy bath­house joke.

Bette’s tweet was not made at the ex­pense of gay peo­ple. It’s a joke about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Trump and Putin.

It’s a joke that would hor­rify both men to read, and would be in­sult­ing to the LGBTIQ com­mu­nity if they were ac­tu­ally gay. They’re not. It’s aimed squarely at Trump, a het­ero­sex­ual phi­lan­derer who treats women like com­modi­ties; a man who would be mor­ti­fied at the prospect of giv­ing an­other man a blowjob. To me, it’s ob­vi­ous that Mi­dler meant no mal­ice to­wards us, and you need to be work­ing pretty hard to be of­fended by it. If any­one has earned the right to make gay blowjob jokes, it’s Bath­house Betty.

An­other celebrity who, I be­lieve, can be af­forded a lit­tle li­cense is Bert New­ton, an Aus­tralian TV leg­end who, at the re­cent Lo­gie Awards, de­scribed him­self as “a big old poof”. In this in­stance, peo­ple were of­fended by the use of the word poof. Sure, it can be a bad word in most cir­cum­stances, but not this one. Bert in­tended no mal­ice.

I’m a big old poof and so are some of my friends and there is no ho­mo­pho­bia, in­ter­nalised or oth­er­wise, in me say­ing so.

Bert has earned the right to use the word poof in a be­nign, gen­tle con­text. If sea­soned ho­mo­phobes like An­drew Bold or Mi­randa Di­vine or a Footy Show boof­head had used the word, I’d be a bit wor­ried but, again, it would de­pend on the con­text and their in­ten­tion.

I don’t doubt that those who were of­fended by Bette and Bert were gen­uinely of­fended; I’m not go­ing to dis­miss their opin­ions as “con­cocted out­rage”. But I of­ten won­der where these voices are when se­ri­ous cases of ho­mo­pho­bia are re­ported. For ex­am­ple, it wor­ries me that more peo­ple seemed out­raged by Bette Mi­dler’s blowjob joke than, say, the gay soc­cer fans

who were beaten into a coma by ho­mo­pho­bic Rus­sian thugs at The World Cup. You want to be an­gry about some­thing – get an­gry about that.

In the last month we’ve seen two in­ci­dences of par­ents killing their own chil­dren be­cause they sus­pect they’re gay. That’s ho­mo­pho­bia. In­done­sia plans to crim­i­nalise con­sent­ing gay sex be­tween adults. That’s ho­mo­pho­bia. Get an­gry about that.

The more we scream and stamp our feet about the lit­tle things, the less we’ll be lis­tened to about the big things.

has been hec­tic in DNA land. I jet­ted off to Aus­tria to cover Vi­enna’s Pride cel­e­bra­tions. You can see two of my photo sto­ries from Vi­enna Pride on the DNA web­site and read more about Euro Pride in 2019 in our up-com­ing Travel issue (#225).

Mean­while, three sto­ries we’d been work­ing on for a while came to fruition this month. I’d wanted to fea­ture Aussie ac­tor, Tim Draxl for months. He’s well known for his role as a gay doc­tor in A Place To Call Home, he sup­ported DNA’s #Yes cam­paign dur­ing the mar­riage de­bate, and I knew he was in top phys­i­cal shape and would pho­to­graph beau­ti­fully.

THIS MONTH

Find­ing a gap in his busy film­ing sched­ule in Syd­ney was the chal­lenge, but see the stun­ning 007-in­spired results in this issue. You’ve never seen Tim like this be­fore!

Months ago, Bris­bane pho­tog­ra­pher, Rus­sell Flem­ing sug­gested a shoot with Mitchell (our gor­geous cover star). He’s big, and bulges in all the right places, and with that mag­nif­i­cent beard we thought he’d be per­fect for the Groom­ing issue. He is!

And speak­ing of beards… Lady­beard! I wanted a fea­ture in­ter­view with this in­trigu­ing Aussie for a while but he, too, has a crazy sched­ule. So I was thrilled to fi­nally talk with the man when he called from Ja­pan. Not only does he have a great sense of hu­mour, he’s tak­ing ideas about gen­der and sex­u­al­ity in some chal­leng­ing di­rec­tions within con­ser­va­tive Asian cul­tures and turn­ing him­self into a su­per­star.

I hope you en­joy this issue. There’s stacks to read and some beau­ti­ful pho­tog­ra­phy. Visit our web­site for daily up­dates and fol­low us on so­cial me­dia. Next month is our Sex­i­est Men Alive issue. See you then! An­drew Creagh, Found­ing Edi­tor

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