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In Memory of The Diceman

Before Ireland had a Queen, there was the High King. Oisin Kenny tells the story of a living statue who helped bring the LGBT+ movement into the public eye and inspired a generation.

Grafton Street became an emptier place with the passing of Thom McGinty, also known as The Diceman. But while he may have faded from the memories of some, his presence can still be felt throughout Ireland.

“Some people wouldn’t have the balls to do what he did,” said Christina Dempsey, a flower stall holder on Grafton Street. She remembers him as a “big fella”, around six feet tall, and even taller with heels on. The mention of his name brings a smile to her face.

After his death in 1995, the stall holders and various shops on Grafton Street pitched in to help pay for his funeral costs. “Everyone gave a helping hand,” Christina said. They carried him one last time up and down the length of Grafton Street before he was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

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Welcome to our continued celebration of Pride across this beautiful country. The organisers of Pride festivals yet to happen explain what we can expect. There’s a report from Black Pride in London and a photo essay capturing events at Dublin Pride, Trans Pride and Alternative Pride. Inside, we look at Love Sensation – the new queer music and arts festival, and explore the GAZE Film Festival and its opening night film - Deep In Vogue. GCN celebrates 20 years of the incredible LINC, and the Gay Men's Health Service moves to a new location. There's an interview with the delightfully original painter Delmas Howe while The Diceman gets a touching feature looking at his enduring legacy. The community share their stories on the truth behind transitioning in Ireland, finding the courage to openly embrace their sexuality after leaving home and a HIV Positive activist speaks about improving access to sexual health services. For the second issue in a row, we happily and wholeheartedly say – Happy Pride everyone.