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First Time Traveller

Living away for the irst time can be nerve-wracking. Like many Irish students, I was heading to Vancouver in the hopes of having the summer of a lifetime.

I knew so many people who had done it before, who had the best summer ever. But when realised they were all straight, was nervous as hell.

It took me a long time to become confident in my queerness. It took years of growth to go from a quiet closeted gay boy to an out and proud gay man. All of that growth happened in my home city, Dublin. I’ve built up a network of friends here, some queer and some straight, who understand my queerness. Suddenly, was going to be without that. began to question my confidence as a queer person, something I’ve been so sure of for years.I knew how to be gay in Dublin. didn’t know how to be gay in Vancouver.

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In this travel-themed issue of GCN, we profile LGBT+ Irish people who have made new lives abroad and at the same time welcome the new members to our queer family who have travelled from around the globe to make Ireland their home. Inside you’ll find tips from travellers with ideas on where you could plan that next trip. With relationships with other countries forefront in our minds, we also take a look at Brexit, how it affects us currently and what it could mean for the future.