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ONE STEP CLOSER TO DYSTOPIA?

A study at Stanford University in the US used software to guess if profile pics from a dating site were gay or straight. It guessed correctly in up to eight out of ten cases. The researchers guessed that by looking at enough faces, the software was able to pick up near invisible evidence of different testosterone levels experienced by gay or straight people in the womb. When the story broke in early September, the immediate reaction from gay rights’ organisations and others was concern and alarm. Minority Report-style futures were envisaged, with gay people discovered by CCTV or profile photos and punished for their “pre-crime”.

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Our provocative cover by artist and designer, Niall Sweeney, celebrates ten years of Pantibar while cheekily harking back to a certain fetish club both he and Rory O'Neill (aka Panti) ran in the mid-90s. Inside we discuss Sweeney's long-term artistic relationship with O'Neill and how their friendship has informed the evolution of Dublin's queer scene over three decades (the full recording of which is available via GCN’s new podcast Q&A: The Queer and Alternative Podcast). Elsewhere we talk to some high-flying champions of LGBT+ diversity in companies like Vodafone, Deloitte, Accenture Ireland, eir and Web Summit, about the benefits of bringing your authentic self to work, and the members of Intertech Ireland tell us about connecting the LGBT+ tech workforce. Chris O’Donnell hears from some non-national LGBTs who are effectively serving time in Ireland’s hellish Direct Provision centres about the double discrimination of being an LGBT+ asylum seeker. Shaun Dunne, author of a documentary-style play featuring the testimony of those living with HIV speaks to members of ACT UP ahead of its Dublin Theatre Festival run, and Ray O'Neill talks work/life balance. Plus, all the best news, opinion, reviews, events, and much more.