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Get those rackets at the ready, Dublin sportsfans. There’s a group of fine folk looking for some bosses of backhand for a spot of badminton.

The awesomely monikered Flaming Feather LGBT+ Badminton Club aim to provide more opportunities for people who identify as LGBT+ to be involved with badminton socially, and perhaps competitively. So if you’ve an interest in shuttlecocks and making a racket, get yourself down to the Sports Hall in St Mary’s College, 73-79 Lwr Rathmines Rd, Dublin 6.

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In this issue of GCN we celebrate sexuality and all the great things that get us in the mood - feeling safe, respected and seen. To that end, we have an amazing photo series by Hazel Coonagh of the current Mister Leather Ireland. We dive into the world of ‘cam girls’ and have a frank discussion of male sexuality from the editor of Quench, followed by a profile of the wild life of screenwriter David McGillivray. In community news, we look at the launch of Call It Out - a new campaign which aims to address homophobia in Ireland, we get the lowdown on what to expect at the TRANS-FUSION Trans Arts Festival and check in with the keynote speakers at the Gay Health Forum. You can also expect interviews with two super cool LGBT+ musical acts – Ireland’s SOAK and Lebanon's Mashrou' Leila. This is a good one, folks!

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Editor’s Letter
Welcome, dear reader, to an issue that celebrates sensuality and
Community
“You’re gonna kill me for this, but…” is something I’ve
By Adam Long, Advocacy And Communications, National LGBT Federation
Post-Exposure Prophylaxis - usually called PEP- is an emergency method
The editor of a new magazine which deals with male sexuality in a shame-free, sexpositive way talks about its creation
Graham Ryall of the Rialto Community Drug Team and Dr Kiran Santlal, a Registrar in Psychiatry of Substance Misuse in the HSE National Drug Treatment Centre, speak about the rise of Crystal Meth and GHB use on the aſterparty scene
Opinion
Madonna makes another return this June with a new album, Madame X, and, even now, still feels like a pop culture lightning rod. With a new album informed by her recent move to Lisbon there’s also the fact that every Madonna album starts conversations. Including ones about her age
The incredible TRANS-FUSION Trans Arts Festival is back with an amazing line-up of events. Here we take a look at some of what to expect and speak to Sara R Phillips, Chair of the Organising Committee
Interview
In advance of heading to Chicago to represent his country at the International Mister Leather competition, Fionn Scott, the reigning Mister Leather Ireland speaks about demystifying the kink scene and making it more inclusive
On May 24, Dublin Castle will play host to the 17th Gay Health Forum - aimed at improving and enhancing sexual health and wellbeing for men who have sex with men. In advance, Peter Dunne talks with the keynote speakers
"It’s not really a geographical place, it’s a state of mind." That’s what Bridie Monds-Watson, AKA SOAK says about the name of her new album, Grimtown. Katie Donohoe met the Derry born singer songwriter in a café near Georges Street before she took off on tour
Seán Kennedy speaks to Firas Abou Fakher, guitarist, base player, keyboardist and songwriter from the controversial Lebanese musical sensation, Mashrou’ Leila
Coinciding with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) on May 17, a ceremony by Front Line Defenders celebrated five inspiring LGBT+ activists who put their own safety on the line daily for the sake of others
Community Chest
Look out Ireland, the glorious Gloria are taking their choral
A new regular private pub night for lesbians and other
Get those rackets at the ready, Dublin sportsfans. There’s a
Actor, producer, playwright, film critic, screenwriter of sexploitation and horror movie gems such as House Of Whipcord and Frightmare, joke writer for Julian Clary and host of London’s wildest parties, David McGillivray’s rollercoaster of a life will soon grace bookshelves with the release of his autobiography, Little Did You Know
Patricia Walsh boasts about being the best in history class. She looks like she was around for most of it too