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Cover to Cover

As part of Pride celebrations, we wanted to give the LGBT+ community the opportunity to have their art featured on the cover of GCN’s biggest issue of the year. We held an art competition inviting creators to respond to the theme of Pride and what it meant to them.

As you will see on the following pages, the entries we received were of an exceptional standard, so much so it was a very difficult process deciding on just one beautiful piece of work to grace the cover.

So the first time ever (as you will have already seen by now) GCN has not one, but two, beautful cover images. Two very different artists will share the Pride cover and we’re delighted to have them! Here we feature further examples of their work as well as all the other amazing people who submitted entries. Congratulations to all the creators and thanks for making this one of our best Pride issues yet.

Gabriel

Marques

Front Cover

Why did you choose this particular image to send in?

I tried my best to keep in mind the Pride Month theme in Dublin - Rainbow Revolution - adding all the LGBT+ references and the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, but I didn’t want it to be too obvious, so theres a subtle reference to this in the tattoos. The idea of the tattoos is to celebrate Pride with symbols and characters from the LGBT+ community marked in our skins. Overall, I thought it would be a great image to celebrate Pride festival month whilst giving a nod to its history.

Could you tell us about its creation?

I wanted the final image to be meaningful to the people who came before us, the ones who went on the street and fought for our rights, and to show two very colourful contemporary men kissing and showing their love for each other. All the accessories and decorations are symbols of celebration and happiness. To come up with this image, I hand drew them on a paper and designed the tattoos separately, after scanning all the drawing material I digitally composed it all together and finished the final rendering on the computer.

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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!