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going back to the roots

This Pride season, Dublin will play host to Trans Pride for the second time. Isidora Durán Stewart speaks to two of its organisers about the reasons for its creation and their aims for its future.

Dublin Pride has long been a highlight of the Irish LGBT+ calendar and serves as an established hallmark in the Irish Pride movement. The festival has been steadily gaining impetus since its inception and has influenced the development of new, smaller Pride festivals across the country, in counties such as Galway, Cork, and, most recently, Carlow. The popularity of Dublin Pride has, in some sense, located the LGBT+ community in mainstream discourse during the month of June, and particularly throughout the festival.

The prospect of a liberal, welcoming, street party attracts thousands of people each year, and its continued growth has led to its influence being felt in all sectors of society; more and more companies and organisations are adopting the Pride colours throughout June and beginning to have a presence at the Parade.

Present-day Pride is now conceived of at a distance from its indignant origins: demonstrations for LGBT+ rights. Ollie Bell and Clara Barry are organising this second Trans Pride as a reaction to what they see as the transformation of Dublin Pride into a sensational, corporatised party-like event often tokenised by those same corporations.

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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!