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“I believe that we are never more beautiful than we are now,” says photographer Paul Connell, who shot the cover of our second annual queer elders issue. Inside his photo-feature celebrates ageing in the LGBT+ community, mental health columnist Ray O’Neill talks about embracing older role models, and 73 year-old facilitator with the Gold group for gay and bisexual men tell us about life getting better and better. We meet the CEO and Chair of Ireland’s brand new national LGBT organisation, report on a contradiction at the heart of trans healthcare, get the lowdown on not one, but two queer theatre festivals about to enter stage right, and remember Kylie’s greatest gay anthem. And there’s so much more – just turn the page!

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From The Editor
Getting older in the LGBT+ community is not all it’s cracked up to be
We Asked The Team Who Is Your Older Hero?
We’ve a focus on positive ageing in this issue, so
Water Cooler Chatter
When he appeared last month on Jarlath Regan’s An Irishman
All About EVA
The 38th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art will
Khan Do
Twirling into the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre to launch the
Worlds Collide
The Live Collision International Festival returns this month to shake
Stray Cat Strut
The Kilkenny Cat Laughs comedy festival is rearing its funny,
GCN 30 Exhibition
As part of the ongoing celebrations of GCN’s 30th Birthday,
Hope of a Nation
With a still record-breaking seven wins under our belts, Ireland
Editor At Large
For all you bookworms out there, the Cork World Book
Town Hall Talks: At Swim Two Boys
This month, GCN returns to the Dublin International Literature Festival
Queer View Mirror
A friend tells me she has been going out at
The Book Guy
What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night this month?
If You Like This, You Might Also Like…
David Hallberg made history in 2011 when he became the
Modern Anthem 007 Charting The Songs We Love So Well
At the turn of the millenium, ater a decade of experimentation and mixed reactions, Kylie returned to the sunshine pop she did best with the stormer, ‘Spinning Around’. It was an instant hit that not only turned her career around, but sealed her status as a gay icon
The Verdict
Given Kylie Minogue’s penchant for high-camp costumes and reinvention, it’s
Parson James
Whatever you may think about music labels being open to queer artists nowadays, Parson James, out ‘n’ proud singer of the mega-Kygo hit, ‘Stole The Show’, was told to tone the gay down. Here he talks to Conor Behan about the homophobia and racism he experienced in his youth and in the industry, and how he’s the one in control now
Stage Left
From its early, determined beginning, inspired by Oscar Wilde and the weight of shame still carried post-decriminalisation, the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival is now heading into its 15th year as the largest event of its type in the world. Festival founder and artistic director Brian Merriman discusses where it began, where it’s been and what’s in store for this special anniversary edition with Peter Dunne
A New Group For A Changed Country
A new LGBT+ organisation has emerged ater the closer of GLEN last year, with aims to be a national support. Peter Dunne meets its key players. Photos by Babs Daly
Path Finders
A new exhibition by Paul Connell was inspired by a photograph he took of a lesbian couple in their 70s and 80s. It’s a celebration of the legacy passed on by ordinary lesbians and gay men, who lived their lives out of the closet in a very diferent Ireland to today
Trans Contradiction
In January hundreds of people took to the streets to protest a lack of adequate access to healthcare for trans people in Ireland. While nine new trans healthcare workers are currently being put into place, two of the leading Irish clinicians in the area say they will not be using the treatment model that the government, HSE and TENI recongise as best practice. Stephen McCabe reports on a contraction at the heart of trans healthcare in Ireland
Noah Halpin #ThisIsMe
Imagine this: You’re 24 years old. You’ve known for many
Everybody Sings At Bealtaine
May sees the return of the annual Bealtaine festival, a
Generous Gayglers!
A big shout-out from all at GCN and our publishers,
Inside Out
73 year-old Eddie Parsons is a facilitator with the Gold group for older gay and bisexual men, which meets every Wednesday at Outhouse. Ater leaving school he joined a monastery; then he married and had two sons. He sufered from depression before coming out, but has found happiness in later life. Photo by Babs Daly
Opinion: Ray O'Neill
They say that there are only two guarantees in life:
Shirley’s Burn Book
Connie Moriarty gives head behind the bike sheds and…