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Baby, Remember My Name

Although he’s become a darling of the London scene with his cabaret shows at alternative East End queer club, The Glory, Roscommon native Anthony Keigher, aka Xnthony, has always had his eye on a bigger prize, as his new show at the Dublin Fringe attests. As Xnthony gears up to rebrand himself as a straight for pop stardom, Keigher talks to Brian Finnegan about fame, his own Marvel Universe, fake authenticity, and the strange correlation between queerness and rural life.

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Alter Ego – Fame – Playing Straight

Photos by Luxxxer.

Even Lady Gaga’s gone ‘authentic’.” So says Anthony Keigher, aka international celebrity wannabe, Xnthony, who returns to the Dublin Fringe this year with a sequel to his 2015 show, Douze, in which he made a bid for Eurovision glory with a song selected by the audience. This time around, having failed to get to the finals, Xnthony is seeking to reinvent himself, as a very on-trend, inoffensive pop star in the vein of Ed Sheeran.

“Gaga had that Artpop phase, which was just a disaster; so she came back with Joanne, which was country. Then Beiber comes out with ‘I’m so sorry,’ or Miley turns from acidic pop queen to softness and balloons. Everyone’s trying to rebrand as authentic, trying to appear like Ed Sheeran or the queen of authentic, Adele. But there’s nothing authentic about it at all.”

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This month take an in-depth look at the problems and issues facing Irish LGBT+ young people in our annual Youth issue in collaboration with BeLonG To. In our featured interview, Roscommon's own Xnthony talks fake authenticity, rural queerness and rebranding ahead of his Dublin Fringe show, The Power of Wow. Huge misinformation exists amongst young people around HIV transmission and it's all because of a lack of suitable sexual education in Irish schools, writes Ralph Hurley O'Dwyer. Members of trans youth group IndividualiTy tells us about their ups and downs after a decade mentoring and supporting trans kids. BeLonG To's Drugs and Alcohol Worker Ger Roe shares his experiences of helping LGBT+ young people feel empowered, and to become agents of social change. Aifric Ni Chríodáin reports on the HSE's rolling out of the HPV vaccine among gay and bisexual men. Our Budding Burning Issues survey throws up some interesting facts around the opinions of our youngest community members, Plus all the best in news, edutainment, gossip, food and much more.
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