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We’re Only Human

This savvy new campaign by regular GCN photographer Hazel Coonagh, not only promotes solidarity with people living with HIV, it seeks to educate too. With rates of infection still rising in Ireland, we think it’s spot-on.

HAZEL COONAGH

About a month ago I met up with activist and artist Will St Leger to talk about an upcoming exhibition he’s putting together for ACT UP Dublin. The more we talked, the more I came to realise how little I knew about the extent of Ireland’s HIV crisis. There’s been a four-fold increase in new HIV diagnoses in Ireland in the last decade and no one seems to be talking about it.

Through this project we wanted to reset people’s assumptions by reminding them that HIV can affect anybody, and also to help eliminate the stigma and shame attached to it. Will put it quite simply that people seem to forget that the first letter in HIV stands for, ‘human’, but many choose to focus on the last letter, which stands for ‘virus’.

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The brand new Dublin Pride issue of GCN features a stunning cover image by London-Irish writer and photographer, PP Hartnett, and an interview about interrogating the flip side of the gay community through his work. We also talk to maverick trans rapper, Mykki Blanco about his life post abandoning Trump’s America. Will Vladimir Putin go to war with Chechnya over the region's gay purge? We analyse the situation. Our editor goes to New York to attend a meeting of Gays Against Guns, one year on from the Pulse massacre in Orlando. We meet Irish HIV activists who are taking inspiration from the fierce examples set by ACT UP NYC at the peak of the AIDS crisis, and we talk to Joni Crone, the first ever lesbian to appear on The Late Late Show in 1980 for a legendary interview. And that’s just a flavour of what we’ve got in store for you this month!
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