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Welcome to a very special March Issue of GCN, as we focus on the GALAS Awards 2020 – a celebration of all the people who work towards a better future for LGBT+ people both in Ireland and across the globe.
We feature the organisations and individuals who received awards for their contributions in areas such as arts, media, culture, health, social inclusion, sport, politics, advocacy and public life. Photographer extraordinaire Babs Daly fills the issue with stunning portraits and candid images capturing a night to remember. Babs also provided that beautiful cover image of Evgeny Shtorn, the GALAS Person of the Year. Inside, the pages, Evgeny speaks about activism, politics and how we need to end the shameful Direct Provision system.
Another highlight is a special feature looking at the 40 year history of the NXF – National LGBT Federation – and the Chairs who led it through decades of change, including David Norris, Ailbhe Smyth and GCN founder Tonie Walsh.
Congratulations to all the nominees and recipients and to all you everyday heroes who make up our Rainbow Family.

GCN 363 Articles

From The Team
This month, dear reader, we are proud to welcome you to a very special edition of GCN celebrating all things GALAS.
Patch Work
Born in Paris and currently living in Dublin, Louis Deslis was awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival ‘Little Gem’ trophy for Patchwork. The show will make a welcome return to Bewley’s Cafe Theatre for all those who weren’t quick enough to catch it the first time
Where We Live Now
Queer production company powerhouse THISISPOPBABY will curate and produce the upcoming multi-disciplinary arts festival – Where We Live. Taking over the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar for 11 days in March as part of the St Patrick’s Festival, Where We Live is a ferocious response to the theme of home
Somthin’ Diff’rent
The Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is on the way, and there’s a veritable smorgasbord of queer cinematic delicacies to feast your eyes on. Running from February 26 to March 8, the Festival will welcome films and their makers from across the world to touch down in Dublin for two weeks of filmic splendour
Queer Window
The GALAS 2020 Awards made a triumphant return in Dublin’s
LGBT+Young Trailblazer
Esther Young has been a community liaison officer with LINC
LGBT+Digital Change-Maker
The fantastic recipient in the LGBT+ Digital Changemaker Category was
Go Out Dancing
GCN founding editor and civil rights activist, Tonie Walsh closes a much lauded career as one of Ireland’s leading DJs at a farewell gig on Friday March 27 in Dublin’s Ukiyo club
Tracy Horan, Surrogacy Solicitor and Managing Partner of Tracy Horan Solicitors discusses the ins and outs of surrogacy law in Ireland
“One could be forgiven for thinking that once technology has
Event of the Year
The recipient of this year’s category was Different Families -
Sports Award
Sporting organisations have played a growing role in providing a
People’s Person
In the wake of his deserved accolade, Evgeny Shtorn has a conversation with Peter Dunne about the necessity for the queer community to be political and the power in standing together for the rights of others. Portrait of Evgeny by Babs Daly
A Lifetime of Change
Honouring 40 years of dedication to advocating for LGBT+ rights across Ireland, former and current chairs of the NXF were presented with the NXF40 Award at the GALAS 2020 ceremony. To commemorate this phenomenal victory, Oisin Kenny examines the immense history behind this organisation and the astonishing social changes they have helped create
Champions Awards
Sara R Phillips, the chair of TENI and the facilitator
Community Awards
ShoutOut received the award for the exceptional work they do
Arts & Entertainment
The 2020 GALA for Arts and Entertainment was won by
Public Figure
Katherine Zappone began her political career as a member of
International Achivist
During the announcement of the category for International Activist, presenter
On a Tuesday afternoon, rain pelting, Deirbhile Brennan spoke to Adam Shanley from, ironically, inside a closet. Their conversation had been delayed slightly: Storm Ciara, raging the previous day, had landed Adam in hospital for an x-ray. But eventually she got to ask him the most burning question – how was his night at the GALAS?