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Oisín McKenna

It doesn’t matter what Leo Varadkar is or symbolises; it matters what he does.

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I understand that it seems exciting, the symbolic value of a gay, mixed-race Taoiseach, in a country with an embedded history of institutional homophobia and racism. I understand the validation and pleasure that comes from Ireland finally being seen as progressive and forward thinking, no longer old-fashioned, conservative and theocratic. It feels good to join a liberal, cosmopolitan elite, and for people to see us the way we want to be seen.

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In this issue of GCN Róisín McVeigh explores the changing representation of lesbians on the big screen against the background of GAZE's screening of the controversial Below Her Mouth; Toryn Glavin argues that The Crying Game has a ring of trans truth; Editor Brian Finnegan explore Ireland's LGBT+ community's paradoxical relationship with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar; Tributes are paid to two beloved LGBT activists, Ann Loiuse Gilligan and Dave Roach, by those who loved them most; Legendary queer photographer Nan Goldin and feminist filmmaker Vivienne Dick sit down with Mary Nally to discuss queerness, mythomaniacs and much else. And of course, there's much more to explore...
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