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Adam Long

The elevation of an openly gay person to the office of Taoiseach should be seen as a positive development in its own right.

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The election of the first openly gay man to the most powerful political office in the state has evoked mixed reactions within the LGBT+ community. For some, it heralds an historic watershed and a stark rejection of the kind of institutional homophobia that has served as a barrier to generations of LGBT+ people from realising their full potential. Yet for others, Leo Varadkar is a right-wing ideologue whose politics couldn’t be more out of sync with a (LGBT+) movement defined by progressive activism and a broader solidarity with other traditionally marginalised groups.

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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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