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Water Cooler Chatter Just Tonie!

We’re excited to see our founder, the father of GCN, Tonie Walsh take to the Dublin Theatre Festival stage this month for a taster of his one-man show. (Photo by Dónal Talbot)

Brought to us by the people behind Panti’s various theatrical outings, and more recently the wildly successful RIOT, thisispopbaby, I Am Tonie Walsh came together through a “conflation of impulses,” according to the man himself.

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Our provocative cover by artist and designer, Niall Sweeney, celebrates ten years of Pantibar while cheekily harking back to a certain fetish club both he and Rory O'Neill (aka Panti) ran in the mid-90s. Inside we discuss Sweeney's long-term artistic relationship with O'Neill and how their friendship has informed the evolution of Dublin's queer scene over three decades (the full recording of which is available via GCN’s new podcast Q&A: The Queer and Alternative Podcast). Elsewhere we talk to some high-flying champions of LGBT+ diversity in companies like Vodafone, Deloitte, Accenture Ireland, eir and Web Summit, about the benefits of bringing your authentic self to work, and the members of Intertech Ireland tell us about connecting the LGBT+ tech workforce. Chris O’Donnell hears from some non-national LGBTs who are effectively serving time in Ireland’s hellish Direct Provision centres about the double discrimination of being an LGBT+ asylum seeker. Shaun Dunne, author of a documentary-style play featuring the testimony of those living with HIV speaks to members of ACT UP ahead of its Dublin Theatre Festival run, and Ray O'Neill talks work/life balance. Plus, all the best news, opinion, reviews, events, and much more.

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Editor’s Letter
We need to bridge the gap between LGBT+ haves and have -nots
Who would you give a lifetime achievement award to, and why?
Focál Up
We’re excited to see our founder, the father of GCN,
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, again. Why?
Do you love skiing? What about (figuratively) hot skiiers? Well,
Queer Carlow-native Gar Cox sings songs of love and death
With a gentle nod to the club that was beloved
Do you have a uterus? If not, do you have a torso? You do? Great!
Hidden histories and subverted homo culture are at the core
There’s a super-gay presence at the IndieCork festival this month,
After working in many great bars and restaurants throughout the
A study at Stanford University in the US used software
What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night month?
Feature: Music
Janet Jackson’s 1997 album, The Velvet Rope saw the megastar go in a diferent direction, one that not everyone loved because of a deinite pro-gay stance. Its second single, the stadium-sized queer anthem, ‘Together Again’, about friends who died from Aids-related illnesses, would go on to become one of her biggest hits
HIV+
This year’s Dublin Theatre Festival includes the debut of an unconventional Irish documentary-style play taken from hours of personal testimonies about living with HIV. Its writer, Shaun Dunne, talks to ACT UP Dublin’s Will St. Leger and Andrew Leavitt about inding an unexpected thirst to speak. Photo by Hazel Coonagh
In Conversation
As Pantibar gears up to celebrate ten gloriously gay years, its owner Rory O’Neill (aka Panti Bliss) and the man behind its image, Niall Sweeney talk to Brian Finnegan about three decades at the heart of Dublin’s queer scene and cultural evolution, from lthy fetish clubs to Alternative Misses and beyond
Report
In companies across Ireland there’s an unprecedented drive to make LGBT+ people feel included and supported, with all sorts of initiatives from social events to workshops, to creating policies that recognise and respect the speciic issues employees may have. For this, our fourth workplace diversity issue, we meet some of the people championing a brave new working world. Words by Ellie Sell
When people arrive in this country and declare their status as asylum seekers, they are put into a harrowing housing system called Direct Provision, in which they can be stuck for years, not knowing whether they will be deported or not. For LGBT+ asylum seekers Direct Provision o en transplants the oppression they were eeing from to Ireland, as Chris O’Donnell reports. Photo by Vukasin Nedeljkovic from the asylumarchive.com
Tech Support
Meet the core members of Intertech Ireland, a group that was formed to connect LGBT+ people within our enormous tech workforce, which also reaches out to educate and empower the wider queer community. Photos by Babs Daly
Community Chest
As the Dáil grinds back into gear, there are pressing
Andrew Hetherington is the chief executive of Business to Arts, a charitable organisation that aims to bring sponsorship to the Irish arts scene through companies like Accenture and Bank of Ireland. Founder of fundit.ie and husband to the alter ego of one of Ireland’s favourite drag queens, Shirley Temple Bar, he says that companies have realised LGBT+ is part of their make-up. Photo by Babs Daly
The problem with talk of work/life balance is that it
Todd Krumholtz only dates fugly dirtbags and…