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Post Provision

In his capacity as Minister for Justice in 2014, Aodhán O’Ríordáin made headlines stating that reform of the Direct Provision system was a “high priority” for the government. Five years later, little has changed except that Direct Provision centres are now more overcrowded than before. That’s before we even mention those people who went so far as to burn down the Rooskey hotel in January this year rather than see it house asylum seekers. And while the labour market may have been opened up to asylum seekers in 2018, humanitarian professionals have observed this is “20 years overdue”.

Either way, the grim institutionalised settings of the Direct Provision buildings themselves remain the same. Children play in the corridors with nothing to do and nowhere to go. People have to return to their beds every night unless they get explicit permission to go elsewhere. Our asylum seekers receive a weekly expenditure of €38.80. That amount continues to place all asylum seekers in an economic position of great vulnerability, unable to save or make longer term plans. And it’s those longerterm plans that make the economic future of asylum seekers so precarious which are so crucial to take into account.

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In this issue of GCN we talk about the fact that we all live on planet earth and right now our home is in crisis. To that end, a member of Extinction Rebellion Ireland, who will co-host our event Mayday, speaks about their journey to awareness. We have a series of interviews with people who have made changes in their lives which will help the planet. Mr Gay Ireland speaks about overcoming childhood trauma, while activist Vitalina Koval talks about the situation in Ukraine. Inside, we look at life after Direct Provision and we celebrate the fine folk behind LOOK (Loving Our Out Kids). On the arts side, we highlight shows in the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and artist Brian Teeling talks about his new exhibition in IMMA. It’s time to save the planet, people, join the rebellion!

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Editor’s Letter
Welcome, dear reader, to an issue where, amongst other things,
Community
By Adam Long, Advocacy And Communications, NXF.
Here, two activists from diferent generations speak of how the LGBT+ community has a vital role to play in the ight for climate justice
On May 1, GCN will team up with Extinction Rebellion Ireland (XR) for ‘Mayday: The Fight To Save Our World’ - a night of information, conversation and action on climate change. Here Oana Marion speaks about her own journey with XR
A book by Angela Doyle, about the relationship between two women in the west of Ireland in the ‘90s, is soon to receive a reading in Books Upstairs. The novel’s journey to being published is a story in itself
Winners of the Best Voluntary Group at the 2017 Gala awards, the fine folk at LOOK have been providing invaluable support to the families and friends of LGBT+ people for years. Here we highlight some of the incredible team and ind out why they do what they do
ACT UP
ACT UP Dublin member Noel Donnellon looks at the origins of the direct action movement and its impact across the globe
Opinion
Ten years ago it was hard to picture a mainstream reality show getting drag right or even centring drag in a way that wasn’t a joke, yet the continued rise of RuPaul’s Drag Race has been a roaring success. But as we enter into a new decade of the show, is it possible we’ve reached peak Drag Race?
Conversation
With the opening of an intriguing and startling new exhibition in IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). Seán Kissane, the exhibition’s curator, speaks to one of the featured artists, Brian Teeling, about his own contributions to the show. All images by Brian Teeling
Feature
If we’re being honest, there’s nothing most people like more than a bit of drama, so with that in mind could there be anything more anticipated than this year’s International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival? With such a global glut of talent on ofer Peter Dunne speaks to some of the teams coming from across the world to bring their shows to Ireland
While the fight against climate change can seem overwhelming, making a relatively small change in your life can have an effect. As the centrepiece of this issue, we speak to people who made achievable changes in order to make our planet a better place
Visiting Ireland in connection with Amnesty International, the inspiring LGBT+ and women’s rights activist, Vitalina Koval, spoke with Peter Dunne about the fight against homophobia and an ineffective government in Ukraine
Current reigning Mr Gay Ireland, Guilherme Souza, speaks as a survivor of abuse about finding the strength within to move forward
Speaking to Lamin, an asylum seeker directly affected, Chris O’Donnell looks at how the housing crisis hits people exiting the Direct Provision system
Ranae von Meding and her wife, Audrey, live in Dublin. They have two daughters, Ava and Arya, conceived through Reciprocal IVF. Ranae is a blogger and campaigns for same-sex parental rights. Here she speaks about the difering situations for same-sex parents worldwide
Gunner Eye Fidelma McKenna has lovely blue eyes. One blew north and one blew south
Community Chest
In our last issue (352, April 2019) in a piece
Adam Shanley has joined HIV Ireland in the newly created
In huge news for the Irish LGBT+ sporting community, Dublin