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Journalist, previous Irish Times Environmental Editor and scourge of corrupt property developers and cynical politicians, Frank McDonald has released his memoirs - Truly Frank. It tells the story of growing up in the Dublin of the 1950’s and ‘60s and how a young gay man navigated a scene forced underground.

I realised I was gay when was ten, although didn’t have a term to put on it, when started getting crushes on guys in the class. One in particular, his name was David and wanted to be with him all the time. But it was pretty difficult to cope with because Ireland was such a Catholic country.

The Corpus Christi processions were the most visible manifestations of overwhelming Catholicism. A whole area would be full of Papal flags and bunting and there would be a procession through the streets with an army escort. Public religious devotion of a type that nobody under 60 would remember at this stage.

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We’re closing our 30th anniversary celebrations with a bang, celebrating the year of the activist. With that in mind, we arranged for community leaders to speak to the next generation of trailblazers as both sides share their experiences. A Brazilian writer living in Ireland takes a look at his home country following the election of Bolsonaro, while Marty St Clair, one of the scientists behind the discovery of AZT, speaks about the beginnings of the battle against HIV and AIDS. Frank McDonald stops by to talk about his recently released memoirs. There’s an essential look at mental health in the queer community, and the people behind the awesome Dublin Lesbian Line tell us their plans for the future. You can also expect a roundup of a momentous year for LGBTQI+ folk and your community magazine. We couldn’t have done it without you, dear readers!