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In Memory of Sylva Tukul

On June 4, the LGBT+ community as well as residents of Direct Provision centres across the country were shocked by the news that Sylva Tukula, who passed away last August, was buried quietly in a graveyard in Galway without her loved ones being informed. Evgeny Shtorn, a sociologist and LGBT+ activist from Russia, was living with her in the same Direct Provision centre.

The very first evening I was transferred to Galway, I knew I wouldn’t be alone. As soon as the elevator doors opened, I saw Sylva leaning on the reception desk talking to an administrator. She looked at me with suspicion and suddenly beamed, opened her arms and hugged me tightly. We had already met. The National LGBT Federation (NXF) had organised workshops to conduct a study of LGBT+ migrants - this is where Sylva and I got to know each other.

“Will you live here now? Congratulations!” Sylva said smiling.

“Yes, I’m so glad. You can’t imagine how bad I was in the place where they sent me first.”

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Welcome to our biggest and brightest issue of the year - our annual Pride Edition. We made a call out for members of our LGBT+ family to design our cover. All who entered are featured inside, and for the first time ever we have a bumper double cover by artists Gabriel Marques and Day Magee! Inside we round-up all the Prides taking place across Ireland alongside interviews with young people from rural areas who explain Pride’s importance. There’s a conversation between Will St Leger, the Dublin Pride Grand Marshall, and Bruce Coleman, an ACT UP activist who was in New York after Stonewall. There’s a remembrance of the Repeal movement and a feature about the prejudice faced by lesbian women and trans folk in barbershops. GCN also reaches out to the community; chatting to the myriad places where our magazine is delivered. And that’s only the tip of the Pride float. From all at GCN, we wish you a happy, safe and fabulous Pride season!