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In Memory of Noel Whelan

The first time we formally met Noel Whelan to discuss how he might support the Yes Equality campaign as strategic advisor was in The Westbury Hotel in early 2015. After an initial chat, Noel said that he would agree to join us on one condition – that it would be us, the Co-Directors, who would make all the decisions of the campaign, that his role was to advise and we could take or reject that advice.

From that moment, we knew this was an ally we could trust; we could never have imagined then that he would become a man we would also grow to love.

Once the result of the marriage referendum was known back in 2015, Panti tweeted at him that there was only one straight man she might fancy marrying: Noel. Noel’s wife, Sinead McSweeney, tweeted back – hands off, he was already taken!

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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.