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Try with Pride

On June 8 and 9, hundreds of rugby fans and supporters took over DCU as part of the Union Cup 2019 - Europe’s biggest LGBT+ rugby tournament. Emily Glen met with the renowned referee Nigel Owens and discussed being LGBT+ in sport.

This year, the Emerald Warriors hosted 45 teams from 15 countries in what was the biggest Union Cup to date. The welcome was truly legendary as sponsors supported the sporting community in hosting such a prestigious tournament. The famous Guinness Gates were repainted in rainbow colours for the occasion, and a wealth of international media lauded sporting icons like Lindsay Peat and Nigel Owens.

2019’s Union Cup was the first year a dedicated women’s tournament featured. As teams lined out to compete for the inaugural Ann Louise Gilligan Cup, it was not hard to spot the female players who are more commonly found togging out for their country and top tier AIL clubs. But as these warrior women lined out as proud members of the LGBT+ community, the absence of their male counterparts was stark. In 2019, the gender gap has never been wider than when looking at the number of actively playing elite athletes who have publicly confirmed their LGBT+ sexuality.

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Welcome to our biggest and brightest issue of the year - our annual Pride Edition. We made a call out for members of our LGBT+ family to design our cover. All who entered are featured inside, and for the first time ever we have a bumper double cover by artists Gabriel Marques and Day Magee! Inside we round-up all the Prides taking place across Ireland alongside interviews with young people from rural areas who explain Pride’s importance. There’s a conversation between Will St Leger, the Dublin Pride Grand Marshall, and Bruce Coleman, an ACT UP activist who was in New York after Stonewall. There’s a remembrance of the Repeal movement and a feature about the prejudice faced by lesbian women and trans folk in barbershops. GCN also reaches out to the community; chatting to the myriad places where our magazine is delivered. And that’s only the tip of the Pride float. From all at GCN, we wish you a happy, safe and fabulous Pride season!