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Community of Interests

As all you avid readers already know, the C in GCN stands for community. In a trojan piece of work, Samantha McCaffrey contacted every location where our magazine is delivered, speaking to the myriad voices who make up our LGBT+ family and its allies. Here, those diverse groups share their stories, highlighting the array of people and places GCN reaches.

Bray LGBT+ Youth Group

One of the wonderful places where GCN is delivered is the Bray LGBT+ Youth Group which has being running in the Seomra Youth Centre since 2015. Run by the Bray Youth Service, it’s open to young people aged 14-18 years. I met some of the group on a Tuesday evening, it was teeming rain outside but inside was full of warmth and laughter.

Paul and Danielle are the Youth Workers. Members August and Rowan have been in the group for nearly two years. Rowan didn’t want to to join the group originally, “I was intimidated. I thought that it was going to be a sit down and a ‘so, you’re gay - talk about it!’ and it wasn’t. It was so much better. There are nice people here and they are not interrogating you about your sexuality and gender every week and that’s great.”

Others such as S and Eva have been coming for a few months. Eva said that joining the group “actually made me feel safe in who I am.” S was introduced to the group by a friend who didn’t say where they were going until they got there. S said, “I thought that a youth group would be a) an interrogation or b) just loads of people being obsessive and awkward. Basically an interrogation in a liberal way. But it’s NOT like that!”

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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!