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Activists Reunited

On June 5, the IGRM (Irish Gay Rights Movement) met in a Dublin Pub for their 45 year anniversary reunion. Co-founder of the group, Clem Clancy, shared the story of their beginnings in 1974 and their battle for gay rights. Photo by Kieron Gillen.

Launched in 1974, the IGRM was created as non-party political grouping to further gay rights. At the time, as Clem says, “There were no gay rights. The aim of the group was decriminalisation.

“It was hard to be open [in 1974], there wasn’t too much flack, but obviously, we weren’t parading around in the early stages, as there was no such thing as Dublin Pride.

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Welcome to our biggest and brightest issue of the year - our annual Pride Edition. We made a call out for members of our LGBT+ family to design our cover. All who entered are featured inside, and for the first time ever we have a bumper double cover by artists Gabriel Marques and Day Magee! Inside we round-up all the Prides taking place across Ireland alongside interviews with young people from rural areas who explain Pride’s importance. There’s a conversation between Will St Leger, the Dublin Pride Grand Marshall, and Bruce Coleman, an ACT UP activist who was in New York after Stonewall. There’s a remembrance of the Repeal movement and a feature about the prejudice faced by lesbian women and trans folk in barbershops. GCN also reaches out to the community; chatting to the myriad places where our magazine is delivered. And that’s only the tip of the Pride float. From all at GCN, we wish you a happy, safe and fabulous Pride season!