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modern anthem 003 Charting The Songs We Love So Well

Janet Jackson’s 1997 album, The Velvet Rope saw the megastar go in a diferent direction, one that not everyone loved because of a deinite pro-gay stance. Its second single, the stadium-sized queer anthem, ‘Together Again’, about friends who died from Aids-related illnesses, would go on to become one of her biggest hits.

By 1997 Janet Jackson was one of pop’s biggest megastars. In the mid ’80s she’d broken out of the shadow of her brother Michael and transformed her safe child-star image into one of a woman handling her own destiny. Blockbuster albums like Control and Rhythm Nation put her in the realm of Madonna, Prince and George Michael. Like them she was a star who used innovative music videos, sleek live choreography and brilliantlycrafted songs to cement her legacy.

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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.