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Welcome, dear reader, to an issue that celebrates sensuality and sexuality, but also all the other great things that get us in the mood – feeling safe, feeling respected and feeling seen. To that end, in this issue we have an amazing photo series by the insanely talented Hazel Coonagh (who also created that genius cover image) of Fionn Scott - the current Mister Leather Ireland, and hopefully soon to be International Mister Leather. We have our gloved fingers crossed, Fionn!

From L-R Katie Donohoe, Stefano Pappalardo, Lisa Connell, Peter Dunne, Dave Darcy.

We look at the launch of Call It Out - a new civil society campaign which aims to address homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and the corresponding impact they have on on Ireland LGBT+ community. Alongside that, we highlight the three queer women leading the creative side of the campaign.

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