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Recent Graduate? Gay It Up In San Fran For A Year!

San Francisco has taken on an almost mythical reputation as the city to live in for members of the LGBT+ community. The city’s gleaming lights and buzzing atmosphere may be 5,000 miles away but that doesn’t mean you can’t set up camp there as an Irish graduate.

Each year hundreds of Irish graduates take advantage of the unique Graduate Visa programme with USIT, enabling them to live and intern in career-focused positions for an entire year in the US. This visa is a once in a lifetime opportunity only afforded to Irish passport holders who are students or who have recently graduated. Popular destinations for graduates looking to bridge the gap between college and career include Boston, Chicago, New York and, of course, San Francisco.

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This month take an in-depth look at the problems and issues facing Irish LGBT+ young people in our annual Youth issue in collaboration with BeLonG To. In our featured interview, Roscommon's own Xnthony talks fake authenticity, rural queerness and rebranding ahead of his Dublin Fringe show, The Power of Wow. Huge misinformation exists amongst young people around HIV transmission and it's all because of a lack of suitable sexual education in Irish schools, writes Ralph Hurley O'Dwyer. Members of trans youth group IndividualiTy tells us about their ups and downs after a decade mentoring and supporting trans kids. BeLonG To's Drugs and Alcohol Worker Ger Roe shares his experiences of helping LGBT+ young people feel empowered, and to become agents of social change. Aifric Ni Chríodáin reports on the HSE's rolling out of the HPV vaccine among gay and bisexual men. Our Budding Burning Issues survey throws up some interesting facts around the opinions of our youngest community members, Plus all the best in news, edutainment, gossip, food and much more.

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Feature: Music
In 1998 Whitney Houston came back with a brand new dance-club album, but it wasn’t until the Thunderpuss remix of ‘It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay’ that she went stellar again. It would become the enduring queer anthem of an icon who was possibly queer herself
Interview
Although he’s become a darling of the London scene with his cabaret shows at alternative East End queer club, The Glory, Roscommon native Anthony Keigher, aka Xnthony, has always had his eye on a bigger prize, as his new show at the Dublin Fringe attests. As Xnthony gears up to rebrand himself as a straight for pop stardom, Keigher talks to Brian Finnegan about fame, his own Marvel Universe, fake authenticity, and the strange correlation between queerness and rural life
Opinion
An article in last September’s issue of GCN sparked a fuse that’s led to the formation of Ireland’s rst trans artist’s collective, which in turn has led to a major trans-led collaborative event at this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. Trans Live Art Salon member, Robyn McQuaid-O’Dwyer talks about having a real impact on trans presence on the Irish stage
Budding Burning Issues Survey
The issues facing Ireland’s LGBT+ young people
Budding Burning Issues
Huge misinformation exists amongst young people regarding HIV transmission, and it’s because of the dearth and quality of sex education in Ireland. It’s time to ACT UP in schools, says Ralph Hurley O’Dwyer
Report
For the past four months the Health Service Executive has been rolling out a vaccine to young men under 26 years of age, free of charge, against a sexually transmitted infection that can cause anal and penile cancers. But the HPV vaccine is not without its detractors, in particular a group led by mothers of young girls who they say sufered adverse reactions following mass vaccination in Irish schools. Aifric Ní Chríodáin reports on a sexual healthcare drive that’s causing bitter division
Community Chest
Ger Roe is the Drugs and Alcohol Youth Worker at BeLonG To Youth Services, a service that not only provides support to young LGBT+ people, but empowers them to become agents of social change. We may think the queer kids have it easier nowadays, he says, but there are still massive hurdles for them to overcome
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