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Water Cooler Chatter Al Porter’s Apology

This month we’re having words about…

When Kevin Sacey tried to pivot the revelation of his alleged assault on a 14 year-old boy into a good news coming out story, it went down like a lead balloon with the queer community, who rightfully saw the conflation of homosexuality with predatory sexual behaviour towards a minor as wrong and harmful. Now we have Al Porter, who has always been out of the closet, saying that his alleged groping of other men was “in keeping” with his “flamboyant and outrageous public persona”.

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Our second annual sex issue is a hotbed of intimacy issues, as we explore the effect dating apps have had on modern gay relationships with scientist and author Giovanni Frazzetto. We meet some of the crack-team making sure we’re all in good sexual health at the Gay Men’s Health Service, while Avram Finkelstein, one of the men behind the iconic 1980s Silence = Death poster, talks art and AIDS activism with ACT UP’s Will St Leger. Anna Mac Carthy Adams gives a timely update on the complex situation same-sex parents currently face, despite the passing of the marriage referendum and children’s legislation, and we meet the man behind the return of Silver Stars, a moving musical about gay men who dared to be out and proud in Ireland of the 1980s.