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NXF: & The Early Pioneers Of LGBT Equality

By Adam Long, Advocacy And Communications, National LGBT Federation

Some of the leading lights of the Irish LGBT+ civil rights movement are to be found among the early members of the National LGBT Federation (NXF), or the National Gay Federation (NGF) as we were originally called. As we celebrate our 40th anniversary this year, it is appropriate to look in more detail at some of those pioneering individuals.

David Norris was one of the founders of the NGF in 1979 and was then two years into his High Court case challenging the constitutionality of colonial era homophobic laws that continued to blight society. In 1975, he would establish the Campaign for Homosexual Law Reform, employing future president Mary McAleese as its first legal advisor.

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In this issue of GCN we celebrate sexuality and all the great things that get us in the mood - feeling safe, respected and seen. To that end, we have an amazing photo series by Hazel Coonagh of the current Mister Leather Ireland. We dive into the world of ‘cam girls’ and have a frank discussion of male sexuality from the editor of Quench, followed by a profile of the wild life of screenwriter David McGillivray. In community news, we look at the launch of Call It Out - a new campaign which aims to address homophobia in Ireland, we get the lowdown on what to expect at the TRANS-FUSION Trans Arts Festival and check in with the keynote speakers at the Gay Health Forum. You can also expect interviews with two super cool LGBT+ musical acts – Ireland’s SOAK and Lebanon's Mashrou' Leila. This is a good one, folks!