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TERF WARS

The hijacking of London Pride by a group of trans exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) last month is indicative of the rise of what seems like a bitter division within the UK’s LGBT community. But in Ireland, TERFs and trans exclusionary rhetoric have barely been seen or heard. So, what’s diferent about the queer community here, and why is important that we stay tuned to what’s happening across the water? Aisling Cronin reports.

GBT+ Pride parades were originally conceived as occasions of protest, solidarity, and courage: they were statements of open defiance in the midst of prejudice. Anyone familiar with the history of Pride will know that this vitally important aspect of queer culture would not exist without transgender women of colour. Long before Pride became a heavily promoted and commercialised event in the Western world, transgender activists such as Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson risked their safety and even their lives to ensure that future generations would enjoy basic rights and freedoms.

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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!