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the artist speaks

During April, the drag collective Glitter HOLE made national news when their Drag Story Time event for children was cancelled by DLR Libraries following a flood of homophobic comments. Here, their founder Beth Hayden talks art and inspiration with fellow artist Brian Teeling who also captured all the fab photos.

Beth Hayden is the the brains, the brawn and the big-boss behind Glitter HOLE - the infamous DIY cabaret night in Jigsaw. She also has the audacity to read stories to kids while in drag. The neck.

Brian: Glitter HOLE is a DIY drag collective and a queer feminist performance space. It’s also a bit of a laugh. When did it start?

Beth: Our first show was the end of 2016. I had an idea festering for a while that was born out of a dissatisfaction I had with a lot of queer spaces in Dublin, which I find quite apolitical and completely driven by capitalism rather than a sense of community. I had spent a lot of time complaining about it and eventually felt I should do something instead. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and I only performed in the first show because we didn’t know enough performers, so I had to step in to flesh out the lineup.

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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!