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Go Team Cork!

In our ongoing series profi ling members of Team Ireland participating at the Gay Games in Paris this August, we meet some of the people who will be sporting the Cork colours.

Eva Gould

Badminton

“I had been living in New Zealand for a few years and when I came back home to Ireland I wanted to make some friends and re-connect with the LGBT+ community in Cork. The LINC facebook page posted about the badminton group and I thought it sounded fun. I said it to my friend Jen and the two of us headed out to Carrigtohill to try it out. It turned out to be great fun and the people were really friendly.

Photography by John Allen

Exercise is good for your body and mind, and sport allows you to get plenty of exercise. I like running, but running on a treadmill isn’t all that fun; whereas playing a sport is a great motivator to exercise. You want to be fit and able, to play the best you can. The competition side of things helps you to train your mind. You learn to focus on what is happening in the moment and shut out the peripheral things.

Badminton for me is a really social sport. We play doubles so you get the opportunity to play alongside each of the players. This allows you to work on different techniques, because everyone has different skills. I’m a bit shy, so it’s great to connect with people.

I haven’t been to the Gay Games before. Some of the others in the group have talked a lot about it. It sounds like a once in a lifetime kind of thing, to get to be a part of it. I think it will be a bit of an adventure. It’s exciting to be part of such a big event and to be part of a team.”

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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!