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Time After Time

To Kill a Time by Stanlee Keefe is an arresting novel which encapsulates what it was to be a gay man growing up in the 1980’s, having to navigate the subtleties of the Dublin gay scene with all its cladestine grittiness and shaded secrecy. Yet all is not darkness, there is great beauty within this book, including a depiction of a deeply heartfelt and moving love story.

The book begins like a science fiction novel, reminiscent of a hostile earth seen through the eyes of an outsider, but before long reveals that its events are all too real. It opens with a horrifying scene which many readers will recognise: the brutal 1983 murder of a gay man in Fairview park, by a gang of teenage boys.

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Welcome to one of our personal favourites - the annual Youth Issue. Inside, we hear from the next generation of LGBT+ change-makers who speak about the issues that matter to them. There’s an inspiring photo piece on the recent School Strikes For Climate Change by the wonderful Babs Daly who also captured the cover image. We look at an LGBT+ asylum seeker who entered the Direct Provision system at age 13 and there’s an essential piece on the rising numbers of homeless LGBT+ youth. We talk about the need for alcohol-free spaces for younger LGBT+ folk while inside you’ll also find the results of the EMIS survey to improve the health of gay, bi and MSM. On the entertainment side we have interviews with comedian Hannah Gadsby, the creators of the startling theatre show Faultline, and there’s a fun introduction to the next generation of drag artists. With the youth of this country demanding change, we can rest assured that if the contributors to this issue are leading the charge, the status quo is about to get a jolt. Enjoy.