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Seeking Sanctuary

Originally from Zimbabwe, Nikiwe Dube, or Niki, came to Ireland to seek sanctuary from a dangerous situation but, as he tells Peter Dunne the trials of Direct Provision have presented their own problems.

“Worse than pigs and dogs.” Those were the words of President Robert Mugabe in 2017 in relation to homosexual people. If any more proof was needed of the dangers faced by LGBT+ people in Zimbabwe, Niki gave it as we talked on the phone. “You would think that such an educated nation would really understand human diversity and accept homosexuality, but actually it’s the total opposite. You are shunned, you are shamed, you are publicly humiliated, in most cases you get arrested. It’s really ugly. From society at large to leadership, even the ordinary people in the street think it’s the filthiest and most satanic thing to be.”

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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!