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Strategic Forces

This month the Irish government will become the first in the world to publish a National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, but will the resources be there to roll it out across the country? Stephen McCabe talks to the Minister responsible for the strategy, Katherine Zappone, and the chair of the strategy’s committee, Una Mullally.

This month Ireland will cross yet another milestone when it becomes the first country in the world to publish a government strategy aimed at LGBTI+ youth. It’s the brainchild of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone, who always envisaged the need for such a strategy but didn’t know that it would eventually fall under her remit and that she would be the one implementing it – a fact she is immensely proud of.

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It’s our bumper Pride issue and we’ve got so much in store for you, we hardly know where to start! First up on our cover are the gorgeous Glória, Dublin’s lesbian and gay choir and star donators to our GCN30 exhibition Fundit campaign, who talk to us about being one great big alternative family. It’s appropriate, since the Dublin Pride theme this year is ‘We Are Family’ and in keeping we talk to groups of friends who consider each other kin, while Justin McAleese talks about our need for solidarity as the Pope’s visit to the World Meeting on Families excludes LGBT families. We remember the tragic murder of Declan Flynn, which sparked the first gay rights march in Ireland, and reflect on the situation facing LGBTs in Latin America, where brutal murders take place every day. We get educated on Intersex issues and talk to Minister Katherine Zappone about the governments LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, the first of it’s kind in the world. Plus Rupert Everett talks to us about his love for Oscar Wilde and growing older as a totally out actor. And that’s just the beginning of what’s on offer. Get reading now!