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My Pageant Fantasy

Being crowned Mr Gay Ireland and going on to represent our country in Mr Gay World, it’s been a whirlwind adventure for Guilherme Souza. He shares his adventure with GCN.

My journey as Mr Gay Ireland started in July of 2018 and it’s been nearly a year of learning, self-discovery and acceptance since. I opened my eyes to many things that I did not care about before and I overcame fears and insecurities that had been following me for decades. I’ve learned how to love myself more, how to open up about my feelings, how to deal with my inner saboteur and, most importantly, how to give back to my community all the love that I’ve received.

One of my biggest inspirations is my sister who is a carnival queen in Brazil. I’ve been watching her compete in many pageants my whole life and now, by destiny, it was my turn. I must say that I never expected to get to this position but I am glad I did, not just for me, but also for her.

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Welcome to our biggest and brightest issue of the year - our annual Pride Edition. We made a call out for members of our LGBT+ family to design our cover. All who entered are featured inside, and for the first time ever we have a bumper double cover by artists Gabriel Marques and Day Magee! Inside we round-up all the Prides taking place across Ireland alongside interviews with young people from rural areas who explain Pride’s importance. There’s a conversation between Will St Leger, the Dublin Pride Grand Marshall, and Bruce Coleman, an ACT UP activist who was in New York after Stonewall. There’s a remembrance of the Repeal movement and a feature about the prejudice faced by lesbian women and trans folk in barbershops. GCN also reaches out to the community; chatting to the myriad places where our magazine is delivered. And that’s only the tip of the Pride float. From all at GCN, we wish you a happy, safe and fabulous Pride season!