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Loving Ann Louise

In June we lost the powerful force for positive change that was Ann Louise Gilligan. Together with her wife, Minister Katherine Zappone TD, Ann Louise began Ireland’s journey towards marriage equality in 2004 when they took a case against the Government to have their Canadian marriage recognised by the State. Here, Katherine shares the beautiful speech she gave at Ann Louise’s life celebration, while Grainne Healy of Marriage Equality pays tribute to a woman who helped change Ireland.

Letting My Beloved Ann Louise Go

Isn’t she lovely...Isn’t she beautiful…

Ann Louise and I would often speak publically together. In the earlier period of our lives in Ireland, we would give countless lectures and workshops on feminist theology and spirituality. In the more recent period, we would speak passionately about our desire for freedom to be ourselves as lesbian women, and our vision of marriage equality for and in Ireland.

Ann Louise was the most powerful public speaker I knew. So, to follow her was often daunting. And yet, the gaze of her love to me, and mine back to her, always dissipated any feelings of being daunted, and I was often moved to begin my contribution with ...

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In this issue of GCN Róisín McVeigh explores the changing representation of lesbians on the big screen against the background of GAZE's screening of the controversial Below Her Mouth; Toryn Glavin argues that The Crying Game has a ring of trans truth; Editor Brian Finnegan explore Ireland's LGBT+ community's paradoxical relationship with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar; Tributes are paid to two beloved LGBT activists, Ann Loiuse Gilligan and Dave Roach, by those who loved them most; Legendary queer photographer Nan Goldin and feminist filmmaker Vivienne Dick sit down with Mary Nally to discuss queerness, mythomaniacs and much else. And of course, there's much more to explore...
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