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Our second annual sex issue is a hotbed of intimacy issues, as we explore the effect dating apps have had on modern gay relationships with scientist and author Giovanni Frazzetto. We meet some of the crack-team making sure we’re all in good sexual health at the Gay Men’s Health Service, while Avram Finkelstein, one of the men behind the iconic 1980s Silence = Death poster, talks art and AIDS activism with ACT UP’s Will St Leger. Anna Mac Carthy Adams gives a timely update on the complex situation same-sex parents currently face, despite the passing of the marriage referendum and children’s legislation, and we meet the man behind the return of Silver Stars, a moving musical about gay men who dared to be out and proud in Ireland of the 1980s.

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Alcohol, Cancer and You
The theme of this year’s European Action on Alcohol Week, 20 – 24 November is ‘Alcohol and Cancer’. Given that 900 people will be diagnosed with an alcoholrelated cancer in Ireland this year, it’s an important conversation to have. Despite this, awareness of the link between alcohol and cancer is very poor
Water Cooler Chatter Al Porter’s Apology
This month we’re having words about…
Rainbow ’raiser
Props to Irish-Canadian musician Kevin Murphy, aka Wilderdrop, who is
Draggin’ at The G
As an acerbic antidote to all the bloody relentless Christmas
Willkommen!
Meine damen und herren, mes dames et messieurs, ladies and
Anyone for Tennis?
This time last year we were watching Emma Stone soft-shoe
Basecamp Christmas!
Are you the outdoorsy type? This great range of gifts for the gang at Basecamp might just fit perfectly under your tree this year
Queer View Mirror
At the time of writing, comedian Al Porter was the
The Book Guy
What’s got Stephen Boylan turning the pages this month?
Parenting Update
Even though legislation to grant parenting rights to LGBT+ families was passed in 2015, before the marriage equality referendum happened, parents are still waiting for rights and recognition. Anna Mac Carthy Adams gives an overview of the current complex legal situation for LGBT+ parents
The Spacey Report
Why did Kevin Spacey use a statement denying sexual assault as an opportunity to come out? And what does it say about Hollywood’s larger issues around homosexuality, power and the prevalence of sexual “misconduct”?
The Evolution Of Intimacy
In a world where technology dominates the dating scene, are we moving further and further away from being able to create and sustain intimate connections? Giovanni Frazzetto, author of Together Closer, a book that blends iction with psychology and neuroscience to explore modern issues of intimacy, talks to Brian Finnegan about the app gap
StarsMan
In 2009 a radical show telling the stories through song of Irish gay men who had come out at a time of blanket oppression, took the Dublin Theatre Festival by storm and then toured across the world. Now, its creator Seán Millar has refashioned the show for an intimate Christmas special at Outhouse. It’s about inclusion at a time when people oten feel let on the sidelines, he tells Brian Finnegan
Breaking the Silence
In 1987 thousands of hand-pasted posters appeared overnight across New York City. Their subversion of a Nazi image became a symbol for the self-empowerment of AIDS activists, and in Trump’s America its inluence still reverberates to this day. Will St Leger of ACT UP Dublin meets the poster’s co-creator, Avram Finklestein, to talk about the agitprop movement sparked by Silence=Death
#Team GMHS
On October 6, 1992 the Gay Men’s Health Service STI clinic opened in Dublin, providing free STI screenings and attendant services, one night a week for men who have sex with men. Now with four clinics a week, one of them a new monitoring clinic for people accessing PrEP online, its diverse team of hardworking staf see over 230 men a week. To celebrate 25 years of dedication to good sexual health, we meet just four of team GMHS
Dr. Keith Perdue
Although men cannot be screened for the HPV virus, women can. However, it doesn’t rule out HPV virus; it may be just that the virus has yet to take a ect
Inside Out
49 year-old Liam Maley is the manager of adult sex shop Glamworld and adjoining cinema Erotica, in Dublin. A South African native, he accidentally got his irst job on Dublin’s gay scene and bumped into the love of his life, on the day he arrived here 24 years ago. He’s seen some changes in the sex habits of the Irish since then
Ray O’Neill
The Weinstein, Spacey, Porter and other sexual predator scandals that have surfaced over the past weeks call on us to examine our own power dynamics
Shirley’s Burn Book
Jeannine Grossman has to shave twice a day, and…