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MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS

WE ASKED WHAT PRIDE MEANS TO THEM?

AOIFE MORIARTY

Writer of our feature celebrating 25 years of decriminalisation of homosexuality, Aoife is a former website editor for CQC in England and freelances on issues of social justice, equality and health. She has written for The Irish Times, The Independent, and New Statesman, and is Editor of this year’s Dublin Pride Guide.

“For me, Pride is about emancipation from the shackles and conventions of our society,” she says. “It’s the freedom to be your authentic self without fear or shame, without feeling you have to fi into a predictable box. I’ve been taught by the LGBT community ever since was old enough to understand what it is to be yourself. Love, laughter, authenticity and respect are ultimately what counts.”

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It’s our bumper Pride issue and we’ve got so much in store for you, we hardly know where to start! First up on our cover are the gorgeous Glória, Dublin’s lesbian and gay choir and star donators to our GCN30 exhibition Fundit campaign, who talk to us about being one great big alternative family. It’s appropriate, since the Dublin Pride theme this year is ‘We Are Family’ and in keeping we talk to groups of friends who consider each other kin, while Justin McAleese talks about our need for solidarity as the Pope’s visit to the World Meeting on Families excludes LGBT families. We remember the tragic murder of Declan Flynn, which sparked the first gay rights march in Ireland, and reflect on the situation facing LGBTs in Latin America, where brutal murders take place every day. We get educated on Intersex issues and talk to Minister Katherine Zappone about the governments LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, the first of it’s kind in the world. Plus Rupert Everett talks to us about his love for Oscar Wilde and growing older as a totally out actor. And that’s just the beginning of what’s on offer. Get reading now!