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In the mad rush of last month’s Pride Issue, we incorrectly attributed a gorgeous photo series on young people in rural Ireland. The photos were taken by the fabulous Marta Faye Photography. We would like to wholeheartedly apologise for the error and encourage anyone in search of beautiful fine art photography and portraits to visit their website www.martafaye.com.

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Welcome to our continued celebration of Pride across this beautiful country. The organisers of Pride festivals yet to happen explain what we can expect. There’s a report from Black Pride in London and a photo essay capturing events at Dublin Pride, Trans Pride and Alternative Pride. Inside, we look at Love Sensation – the new queer music and arts festival, and explore the GAZE Film Festival and its opening night film - Deep In Vogue. GCN celebrates 20 years of the incredible LINC, and the Gay Men's Health Service moves to a new location. There's an interview with the delightfully original painter Delmas Howe while The Diceman gets a touching feature looking at his enduring legacy. The community share their stories on the truth behind transitioning in Ireland, finding the courage to openly embrace their sexuality after leaving home and a HIV Positive activist speaks about improving access to sexual health services. For the second issue in a row, we happily and wholeheartedly say – Happy Pride everyone.

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Editor’s Letter
Welcome, dear reader, to our continued celebration of Pride across
The first time we formally met Noel Whelan to discuss how he might support the Yes Equality campaign as strategic advisor was in The Westbury Hotel in early 2015. After an initial chat, Noel said that he would agree to join us on one condition – that it would be us, the Co-Directors, who would make all the decisions of the campaign, that his role was to advise and we could take or reject that advice
Community
Love Sensation, the brand new ultimate queer festival brought to you from the people behind the legendary Mother club is on the way. And it’s going to blow your mind
by Adam Long, Advocacy And Communications, National LGBT Federation (NXF)
Back in college, we had to study Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. You’re probably familiar with the story - two men sit around, waiting for a third to appear. Their wait is indefinite and uncertain and the character is mysterious. This is what transitioning in Ireland is like, only imagine the third figure to be the HSE
For many young people, going to college presents a series of challenges; moving out, making new friends and finding your place in the world. For others it’s a chance to radically reinvent themselves, to try a new style or push their own boundaries. For me, it presented an opportunity, not to change who I was but to be who I was my whole life
Opinion
Reality TV has gone through some changes over the last few decades. Whether it’s the 24/7 cameras of Big Brother or the relationship dramas on Love Island, reality shows adapt and change with their audiences. But in the annals of the reality genre, The Hills was one that perfected a certain kind of storytelling just as it was becoming obsolete
Continuing in its 27th year as the only statutory Public Health Service in Ireland for gay and bisexual men, MSM (Men who have Sex with Men) and the trans community, the Gay Men’s Health Service will this month close its familiar Baggot Street clinic and move to a new home on Heytesbury Street in Dublin 8. But while the location may change, the dedication of the team and the quality of service will remain. Brian Teeling captured final images of the clinic which has facilitated over 110,000 patient visits
Interview
Michael Kuhl talks to filmmakers Dennis Keighron-Foster and Amy Watson about Deep in Vogue, their Manchester Vogue scene documentary which opens the Gaze Film Festival
Fi Connors and her partner, the ‘Brunette’ took a road trip across the US to visit the startlingly original artist Delmas Howe in his studio to find out just what inspires his unique genius. It would prove to be the perfect example of why you should meet your idols. Photographs courtesy of Michael Winkler, art work by Delmas
In Memory
Before Ireland had a Queen, there was the High King. Oisin Kenny tells the story of a living statue who helped bring the LGBT+ movement into the public eye and inspired a generation
Feature
LINC, the beloved and necessary support organisation for lesbian and bisexual women, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Peter Dunne hears from some of the incredible women who set it up and keep it running and the community who treasure it
Europe’s largest celebration for LGBT+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern descent - Black Pride - turned 13 in London’s Haggerston Park on July 7. Marco Dias shared the impact the event had on him as a queer person of colour and spoke to other attendees about why Black Pride is so necessary. All photos are also by Marco
In just over a week, Dublin City Centre played host to three separate Prides, bringing the queer community together in both solidarity and protest. Photographer Hazel Coonagh was on hand to capture the energy and power of Dublin Pride, Trans Pride and Alternative Pride
With Pride season in full swing across the country, the organisers of all the celebrations still to come share their messages for the LGBT+ community and show the true meaning of Irish Pride
Community chest
100 films. 10 premieres. 9 seasons. 20 collaborations. 90 discussions
In the mad rush of last month’s Pride Issue, we
Katie Donohoe visited Dylan Hotel in Dublin’s leafy south city-centre, a favourite haunt for stylish dinners, sophisticated drinks and elegant parties since it opened over a decade ago
Keith Donaldson is an ACT UP member and office manager based in Dublin. As a person living with HIV, he speaks about the empowering U=U message and the importance of having a PrEP programme on the national health service. Portrait by Hazel Coonagh
Maisie Harte has been held back a year so many times, she uses her bus pass to get to school