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Our House

In recent weeks, the upsetting announcement emerged that Galway’s Teach Solais may be forced to close its doors later this year. The centre, which is run by AMACH! LGBT Galway, has been an invaluable lifeline for the queer community in the West and to say its closure would be a loss is a massive understatement.

While giant strides have been made recently in terms of LGBT+ rights and quality of life, rural isolation is still a massive issue. As Cameron Keighron of AMACH! explains, “It’s the only visible space for LGBT+ people in the West of Ireland. We have people that will travel three or four hours just to come to a two hour talking session because we are the only people they can talk to, we are the only people that they’ve ever told that they’re LGBT+. People in their 60s and 70s coming in, having a cup of tea, who have never interacted with other LGBT+ people before because they were so afraid.”

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This month at GCN we celebrate the elder members of our fabulous LGBT+ family with an exceptional series of articles and opinion pieces. As our centrepiece, you'll find a glorious photographic celebration of individual style shot by the exceptional Babs Daly. There's a loving look at Bridie's Bar in The George, alongside an investigation of rural LGBT+ life. Greenbow fill us in on what it's like to be deaf in the LGBT+ community and we profile a member of Identity - the group for LGBT+ asylum seekers. There's also a hard-hitting piece on the rise in homophobic violence in Honduras. In light of news that Teach Solais could face closure, we speak to those whose lives it has changed for the better. Let’s rally the community and get behind the West's only LGBT+ resource centre

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Editor’s Letter
Welcome, dear reader, to an issue where we celebrate the
We in the NXF are honoured and delighted to appoint
Feature: Community
How can I distil down into words who Jon Hanna
The National LGBT Federation (or the National Gay Federation as we were called on our formation) was formally launched on St Patrick’s Weekend 1979 and has played a prominent role in the Irish LGBT movement in the intervening 40 years
As we get older, we tend to become more invisible in general, we can feel less relevant and it is harder to voice our issues. For older LGBT+, who grew up in a very different Ireland, this is an even deeper issue, particularly when it comes to our health and social care needs
I turn 60 this year and I intend celebrating as I want to mark the event for a number of reasons: to remember all of my friends, mostly gay men, who didn’t make it to 40 and beyond, and to celebrate my wonderful family and friends, my great colleagues at work and people I volunteer with
With the recent news that the LGBT+ resource centre, Teach Solais, is facing closure due to a lack of funding, it is time for the community to rally behind this essential service. Peter Dunne reports
ACT UP
ACT UP Dublin member Noah Halpin speaks about his decision to begin PrEP and the process of gaining all the necessary information
Feature: Opinion
Ariana Grande will return to Manchester this August to play a headline show at their Pride Festival, but her booking has raised some questions about the place of straight artists in headlining queer celebrations and the lack of queer musicians in headliner roles
Outside of big urban areas, the experiences of the LGBT+ community can vary greatly from a feeling of community to one of isolation. Sarah McKenna Barry spoke to those who call rural areas home
Feature: Profile
Nestled in the corner of the iconic George nightclub is a piece of history. Brian Dillon gets the lowdown on Bridie’s Bar - Dublin’s first openly gay bar
Feature: Photo Shoot
Putting paid to the notion that it’s the youth who lead the charge in the style stakes, each of these gorgeous portraits by Babs Daly proves that there’s no time limit on style
Feature: Interview
Established in 1996, Greenbow, the group for deaf LGBT+ people, is still going strong. Peter Dunne speaks to some of the members
Feature: Report
Rampant homophobia and violence in Honduras has led to an influx of LGBT+ people seeking sanctuary in an unwelcoming US. Linda Farthing reports
Feature: Identity
Giving support and solidarity to LGBT+ asylum seekers, the Identity group is an invaluable resource for LGBT+ folk in Direct Provision who can feel isolated and set apart from the queer community. In this issue, GCN speaks to Preet, one of the members of Identity, who tells us their story and discusses the issues that matter to them. Photo by Hazel Coonagh
community chest
NUI Galway has introduced a number of new initiatives to
GCN has recently heard of the closing of Nova Bar
Following their huge success at last year’s Gay Games in
Tonie Walsh, former president of NGF and founding editor of GCN, looks at the early days of the Irish gay rights movement, the growth of the NXF and the history of the iconic Hirschfeld Centre
One of the founding members of the national LGBT Helpline and centre manager of Dundalk Outcomers (amongst many other things), the invaluable Bernie Quinn has long been a tireless supporter of our LGBT+ family. Photo by Babs Daly
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