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Inside Out

Oisin Kenny

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.

I thought in order for things to really change we had to develop a community. My belief was things like the Tuesday Talkshop would give people an opportunity to develop confidence and talk openly and argue positions. So that was the main purpose of it. That’s why call myself ‘the Transition President’, because it was [moving] from campaigning to more community development.

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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.

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Editor’s Letter
Welcome, dear reader, to our December issue of GCN
Community
2019 has been a significant year for all of us
Tom and I only got to date for about two years. But that short time opened my life up to new experiences and made me happier than I’ve ever been. He changed me forever and for the better
It’s hard for many still figuring out their identity to be instantly bombarded with questions which you’re not quite sure about the answers to yourself
I learned about so many aspects of LGBT+culture through reading. Books introduced me to my first sense of the world and the knowledge that people were different from me. I also met my first queer companions through the world of literature
In June of this year, representatives from four Irish cities
August 5, 1934 - November 4, 2019
Festive rackets at the ready! The Out2Tennis Christmas tournament is on the way.
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.
Health
From November 4, HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is available free of charge through the HSE to those who are at substantial risk of contracting HIV through sex
Culture Club
Earlier this year you’ d be forgiven for feeling a bit overwhelmed by RuPaul’s Drag Race. It seemed like the reality TV hit had reached saturation point. Even in this column, I discussed my mixed feelings about the show’ s eleventh season. But Drag Race UK has been a pleasant surprise and a breath of fresh air
Foreign Service
Due to a lack of medical support for trans people in Ireland, Noah Halpin was forced to travel abroad for his top surgery. He details a journey abroad that many in the community are unaware trans people have to undergo, and describes the emotional and physical impact involved
Top Surgery (double mastectomy) can be a big deal for
Feature
Lifting the shame. A Queer Perspective
In January 2019, a small group of individuals came together to form a new organisation called Intersex Ireland - a group set up to support intersex people and their families, educate wider society, and advance the rights and equality of all intersex individuals across the country.
For couples deciding to start a family, it can at first seem daunting.
B Sting
Stereotypes about bisexuality are still common within both the queer and straight communities.
Photography
With his new series of images celebrating the male form in a more sensual, delicate way than the in-your-face hyper masculine norm, photographer Steven Peice shares his process.
Corporate Action
Dublin’s 2019 Pride celebrations were marked by the visible and vocal splits that emerged in our community due to differing opinions on the presence of multinational corporations in the parade and the increasing commercialisation of the festival.
LGBT+ Asylum Seeker, Refugee & Migrant Peer Support Group.
The festive season is upon us! And what better way
Fan(tastic) Fiction
Andi lugged the bin bags off the Drimnagh platform at 15.08.
Winter Pride
Beyond protest and celebration, Pride connects our community, it brings us together, and for 50 years it has kept us together.