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Joni’s bravery is highlighted further, given the negative reaction to her appearance on the Late Late Show

During the 1970s gay men were beginning to appear more frequently in the Irish media landscape. Lesbians however were still all but invisible. By 1980, that was to change when Joni Sherran, a young lesbian activist, appeared on Ireland’s most popular television programme, The Late Late Show. When Joni walked into Studio One in RTÉ to be interviewed by Gay Byrne on February 9, 1980, she was to become a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for generations of Irish lesbians, and the LGBT community more broadly, watching at home. She later changed her name to Joni Crone.

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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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