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In 2009 a radical show telling the stories through song of Irish gay men who had come out at a time of blanket oppression, took the Dublin Theatre Festival by storm and then toured across the world. Now, its creator Seán Millar has refashioned the show for an intimate Christmas special at Outhouse. It’s about inclusion at a time when people oten feel let on the sidelines, he tells Brian Finnegan.

In 2008, as part of the Bealtaine festival, an unusual show appeared in the line-up. Silver Stars was dubbed a song-cycle, rather than a musical, in that it didn’t have linear narrative, but rather featured songs that told individual stories. Based on interviews conducted by singer/songwriter Seán Millar with older gay Irishmen, they were songs about the search for happiness and fulfillment in a country that was challenged by their very existence. The show was an instant hit, although Millar didn’t know it at the time.

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Our second annual sex issue is a hotbed of intimacy issues, as we explore the effect dating apps have had on modern gay relationships with scientist and author Giovanni Frazzetto. We meet some of the crack-team making sure we’re all in good sexual health at the Gay Men’s Health Service, while Avram Finkelstein, one of the men behind the iconic 1980s Silence = Death poster, talks art and AIDS activism with ACT UP’s Will St Leger. Anna Mac Carthy Adams gives a timely update on the complex situation same-sex parents currently face, despite the passing of the marriage referendum and children’s legislation, and we meet the man behind the return of Silver Stars, a moving musical about gay men who dared to be out and proud in Ireland of the 1980s.