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View From The North

Living in Northern Ireland during the 30 months since UK voters took the decision to leave the European Union has been an exceptionally frustrating experience.

I have lived here my whole life and therefore am well used to hearing the occasional spicy take from English people on our history, politics and people. However, since the day of the referendum result, what had previously been a steady trickle of uninformed eejitry became a torrential downpour. Suddenly journalists from all over the world came to stand on roads and straddle the invisible border and Conservative politicians came to tell us everything will be fine, while remaining curiously removed from the border communities who will be the hardest hit by any change to the market and customs arrangements of our island. If only a fraction of this attention had been paid before the referendum.

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In this travel-themed issue of GCN, we profile LGBT+ Irish people who have made new lives abroad and at the same time welcome the new members to our queer family who have travelled from around the globe to make Ireland their home. Inside you’ll find tips from travellers with ideas on where you could plan that next trip. With relationships with other countries forefront in our minds, we also take a look at Brexit, how it affects us currently and what it could mean for the future.