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modern anthem010 Charting The Songs We Love So Well

With her part in the new Mama Mia! and a tour in the oing, Cher is on a bit of a renewed roll, but it’s not her irst time at the comeback rodeo. Exactly 20 years ago she reinvigorated a lagging music career with a song that would go on to be both a record-breaking hit and the apotheosis of her gay appeal. Words by Conor Behan.

If anyone believes in the power of a good comeback, it’s Cher. This summer she had her first movie role in eight years in Mammia Mia: Here We Go Again, her take on ‘Fernando’ breathing new life into an ABBA classic. 20 years after the launch of her biggest hit single ever, there’s a new album of ABBA covers, world tour dates in the offing, and a new Cher musical heading to Broadway.

Cher – 1990s – Comeback
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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!