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Black Pride Ireland is a movement created by queer Black people, for Black LGBT+ people on the island of Ireland. Members of the group share their thoughts and words and the reasons behind its foundation. Portraits of the group by OYINZA - for personal reasons some of those pictured have asked to remain anonymous.

Diana Bamimeke & Rayann A – collaborative text

When Rayann and I set up Black Pride Ireland, we felt that we had staked out ground for queer Black people in this country. One shared characteristic that many of us in the community have is the sense of being unattached, unmoored: when you are shunned by your family for your queerness, and maltreated by the rest of the world (as an object of sexual fetishism, as an irrelevant identity), you find that you have no true allegiance to any particular place. No real belonging in any camp. The feeling follows you around, and it makes you sick. With Black Pride Ireland, we try to be the opposite, to be a home for those who need it.

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Welcome to the January Issue of GCN, the very first of a new decade! We look at holiday destinations for LGBT+ families and the stresses involved without full parental rights. A piece on Poland shows how activists are still fighting in the face of state-led homophobia. There’s a fabulous photospread on Black Pride Ireland accompanied by their experiences of being queer people of colour in this country as well as a feature highlighting some of the incredible female and non-binary activists leading the charge for a better country. The Gay Project fill us in on their amazing year in Cork, while Tonie Walsh celebrates the iconic art of Derek Jarman. There’s also a wonderful piece on the much-missed nightlife venue, The Dragon. You’ll find a hard-hitting piece on the impact of the housing crisis on the LGBT+ community and how rising rents and lack of accommodation are driving people to breaking point. Have a festive season, readers, we wish you a new year filled with joy and happiness!