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THE BOOK GUY

What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night this month?

By any standards, Suzanne Malherbe and Lucie Schwob were exceptional individuals. Better known by their gender-neutral artistic names Marcel Moore and Claude Cahun, the pair met as teens at the turn of the last century in the French city of Nantes. They were immediately and resolutely besotted, and when Moore’s widowed mother married Cahun’s divorced father, their status as step-siblings provided a convenient cover for their blossoming romance.

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Our cover star, quintessential queen, Chanel is just one of the Dublin drag queens photographed by the up and coming to Steven Peice for our photo essay, ‘The Dreamers’. “I feel that in a way drag has always been seen as a goofy entertainment, and there’s no real focus on how these men are actually transforming themselves into fully realised fantasies,” Steven says, and we couldn’t agree more. Elsewhere we get a queer flava of what’s on offer in both the Fringe and Dublin Theatre Festivals this year, we ponder why TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists) have not made it across the water from England to our fair shores, people who identify under the plus in LGBT+ talk to us about the need to accept expanding queer identities, and we remember the mega-gay anthem that was Cher’s ‘Believe’. It’s a jam-packed issue, of that there can be no doubt!