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With all the messages we’re given in queer culture, it’s hard not to dread getting older. To counteract it, we should embrace elder LGBTs as positive role models

Body Shame

They say that there are only two guarantees in life: death and taxes; but the aging process is something else that isn’t just waiting, but is always already happening. Yet our society still carries such anxieties and discomfort around aging.

In traditional Eastern cultures, older people are more valued than their Western counterparts, for their life experience, their wisdom, for what they have done over their lives for a family, a community. In our western cultures, aging is something to be ashamed of, to be denied and repressed, something to be concealed, botoxed, spray-tanned away, or worse yet, shunned, discarded, consigned to a nursing home, or exiled to Jurassic.

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“I believe that we are never more beautiful than we are now,” says photographer Paul Connell, who shot the cover of our second annual queer elders issue. Inside his photo-feature celebrates ageing in the LGBT+ community, mental health columnist Ray O’Neill talks about embracing older role models, and 73 year-old facilitator with the Gold group for gay and bisexual men tell us about life getting better and better. We meet the CEO and Chair of Ireland’s brand new national LGBT organisation, report on a contradiction at the heart of trans healthcare, get the lowdown on not one, but two queer theatre festivals about to enter stage right, and remember Kylie’s greatest gay anthem. And there’s so much more – just turn the page!