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INSIDE OUT

Eamon Somers was born and grew up in inner-city Dublin. He was a campaigner and spokesperson with Ireland’ fledgling lesbian and gay rights movement (NGF - now NXF) in the early ‘80s, serving three terms as President of the Administrative Council, during the period of the Charles Self and Declan Flynn murders. He is particularly proud of his involvement in the Tuesday Talkshop which met weekly in the Hirschfeld Centre for several years. Somers shares with Oisin Kenny his legacy of community work, the inspiration for his fascinating novel, Dolly Considine’s Hotel, and how crowdfunding has changed his outlook on publishing.

David Norris nominated me to be president [of the NGF] because of what he called my righteous anger. I guess that energises you a lot. I’ve experienced very little [serious homophobia] in my life. was in the building game... and everyone knew was gay there. I’m not saying they were entirely comfortable with it but they put up with it.

(The NGF’s response to AIDS) We met with politicians and talked about condoms to try institute safer sex and we were laughed at by politicians who said you will never get people to wear condoms, you will never get men to wear condoms.

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Welcome to our December issue where we discuss all things health and wellbeing, taking a look at issues which affect the community physically, mentally and sexually. There’s a stunning photo series celebrating the male form away from toxic masc-for-masc culture from photographer Steven Peice who also captured the cover image. A young trans man shares the journey abroad he had to take to avail of top surgery, while members of Intersex Ireland speak about the prejudice they overcame. We dispel shame and bizarre myths about the menopause while the disturbing subject of bi erasure gets a much-needed feature. There’s a discussion about the place of corporations in the LGBT+ community and author and former president of the NGF, Eamon Somers, recounts his career. In a GCN first, we proudly premier our very first piece of original fiction with a short story from an exciting new writer. With the topic of health and wellbeing in mind and recent events at Loughlinstown, it’s time to get out in the streets to support our trans family. No more waiting lists! Enjoy the issue.