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Welcome, dear reader, to the August/September edition of GCN. A wonderful in-person Pride season continues to take place across the country, and for those of us who already enjoyed our local Prides - how great was that?! Long may we continue to gather together in celebration, joy, remembrance and power.

Now, this is a very special issue of the magazine, and a most seismic time for us here at GCN, big changes, both bittersweet and transformative, are taking place - which we’ll share with you later in this message. Stay tuned!

So what can you expect to read in the latest issue of yours truly? Firstly - culture galore! During the life cycle of this magazine we’ll be enjoying the vibrant Dublin Fringe Festival, so there’s a ton of fabulous queer content.

Firstly, how about that amazing cover by Eoin Greally? In a word, ‘wow’. Our shimmering cover star, Candy Warhol spills all about their thrilling new show with Marian Mary the 6th, The Wind that Shakes the Wig. Expect more beautiful imagery from the electric dance-piece Anatomy of a Night which promises to blast those cobwebs off and shake the theatre with its power. The colossal THISISPOPBABY are also on hand to tease us with the guaranteed smash, Wake, while writer Dylan Coburn Gray shares the journey of the intensely powerful Absent the Wrong.

Hope you’re not all cultured out yet, as we feature a look at Voices From Afar - a series of short films on queer people from abroad who’ve made Ireland their home - which will be screened, fittingly enough, on Culture Night! And we’re absolutely delighted to share a chat with the endlessly fascinating Conner Habib as he releases his insanely good debut novel, Hawk Mountain.

Alongside queer celebration, there’s some essential conversations to be had. Unfortunately, domestic abuse in the LGBTQ+ community is a thing, a thing we don’t talk about, but it’s time to talk about it. It’s always been time. We thank the talented Val Hourican for her openness. It’s a momentous thing. There’s also a truly eye-opening piece on where the dark money comes from that’s funding the rise of far-right movements across the globe. We need to get informed as these possible changes will affect us all. We’re delighted to share powerful words from a Trans member of the Travelling community alongside photos by the super talented Hazel Coonagh looking at the much-needed blast of community energy that was Trans and Intersex Pride.

Rounding it all off, there’s a rather hilarious and completely engrossing look at the relationship between gay men and saunas. A must read!

On top of all that, we’re also proud to continue to platform the voices, opinions and experiences of many wonderful members of our LGBTQ+ family and our allies.

Now, back to our big news. After 14 years with GCN, three plus of those being at the helm as our Managing Editor, our beloved Lisa Connell will be moving on. As this is a team letter, the team would like to say - we love you, Lisa. For all of us, Lisa isn’t just a co-worker, she’s our friend. And for that reason, while our hearts are broken, we wish you all the happiness you deserve and the happiness you’ve earned! You’ve worked tirelessly for your beloved LGBTQ+ community, if there was activism happening over the last however many years, you could be assured of seeing Lisa in the thick of it. And although it won’t be as part of GCN, we have no doubt Lisa will continue to fight for what is good and fair and right. You made the country better for us, pal, you made GCN better.

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat. Much love,

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Welcome, dear reader, to the August/September edition of GCN.
We were delighted to use the occasion of the 2022 Dublin Pride Parade to unveil a new banner showcasing our rich legacy of campaigning dating back to 1979.
Being queer means constantly questioning your identity and how you represent yourself to those around you, shares Leah Downey. There is a constant need to gauge the reactions of others, to understand if you are safe to be out or if it becomes a source of social isolation.
Up until the day she moved from Brazil to Ireland, Leticia Barbosa never really thought of herself as part of the Black community, but a new country brought about a new realisation of identity.
Sea Change
“My younger self always dreamed about traveling, so when I learned about a program that did internships abroad I knew this was my chance”, shares Olivia Fraser.
Scrambled Eggs & Androgyny My Genderqueer Story
Zayda Slabbekoorn shares her genderqueer story and her journey of self actualisation.
With the rise of campaigns against equality, Beatrice Fanucci takes a look at where funding for far-right groups comes from.
“I have experienced domestic abuse,” writes Val Hourican. “It’s taken me two years to write that down and sit with it. It’s a hurt I’ve worked through but it still sits there under the surface. The tension ready to break at any moment like a fish jumping out of water to avoid a predator...
An absorbing read full of twisted tenderness and atmospheric tension, Hawk Mountain, the debut novel by Conner Habib, is utterly compelling. He spoke to Lisa Connell on its journey to reality. Portraits by Hazel Coonagh.
Making A Move
Choreographer and performer Nick Nikolau dances through their memories in a daring solo show at DFF. Dissecting it with Oisín Kenny, they open up about the people, queer spaces, and club nights which breathed a euphoric life into their performance. The stunning images were captured by Hazel Coonagh.
After igniting a RIOT at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2016, THISISPOPBABY celebrates the act of letting go with a glittering Irish WAKE. Ahead of their new show, writer Oisín Kenny dives into this raucous meeting between club culture and Irish tradition
All Shook Up
“Think The Wizard of Oz meets Thelma and Louise with camp pop classics as our soundtrack,” says Candy Warhol when asked to give an elevator pitch to writer Chris Rooke for her upcoming Dublin Fringe Festival show The Wind That Shakes the Wig. The stunning photos featured are all by Eoin Greally
Writer Dylan Coburn Gray on the the process of making a show about adoption.
Roundup of Queer Dublin Fringe Festival Shows
Take a look at the queer side of the Dublin Fringe Festival...
Fostering with Five Rivers
We started our fostering journey over five years ago now. We always believed that we had something to offer...
When it comes to his body, Geraint Llewellyn prefers to disappoint people one at a time – so as a result he’s never stepped inside a sauna. And by sauna he doesn’t mean getting sweaty in Sweden being hit by sticks.
Giving Voice
A series of short video portraits of queer men will be screened in Outhouse on the evening of Friday 23 September. The people involved share a part of their stories, accompanied by a series of beautiful images from Babs Daly
Trans & Intersex Pride 2022: Shared Communities
During the recent Trans and Intersex Pride, a powerful speech by Mike, a Trans Traveller, was read aloud on his behalf. We are proud to share his powerful words and thank those involved for permission
Goodbye, My Friends
From early days as a team member all the way up to running the organisation, our beloved Managing Editor Lisa Connell will depart after an incredible 14 years in total with GCN
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