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The all-male, high comedy ballet troupe Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo are preparing to swan dive onto the stage of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of this year’s Dublin Theatre Festival. High brows and much lower brows can expect a riotous evening of sassy spoofs and hilarious homages to classical ballet from the arabesque in the business.

Hailing from New York, the ‘Trocks’ have been in the serious business of comedy for more than 40 years. While the show will be light of both heart and foot, the stunning technique and immaculate physicality of the dancers is nothing to be laughed at.

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Our cover star, quintessential queen, Chanel is just one of the Dublin drag queens photographed by the up and coming to Steven Peice for our photo essay, ‘The Dreamers’. “I feel that in a way drag has always been seen as a goofy entertainment, and there’s no real focus on how these men are actually transforming themselves into fully realised fantasies,” Steven says, and we couldn’t agree more. Elsewhere we get a queer flava of what’s on offer in both the Fringe and Dublin Theatre Festivals this year, we ponder why TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists) have not made it across the water from England to our fair shores, people who identify under the plus in LGBT+ talk to us about the need to accept expanding queer identities, and we remember the mega-gay anthem that was Cher’s ‘Believe’. It’s a jam-packed issue, of that there can be no doubt!

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Editor’s Letter
LGBT+ people are starting the fight to be heard at the next big Catholic shindig: October’s Synod on Young People
What show are you dyin' to see at this year's Fring Festival?
Focál Up!
Here’s your official warning, brain boxes – bury those noses in your queer bibles because GCN's My Big Fat Gay Pub Quiz: Here We Go Again! is on the way.
Putting some zip into the dog days of September, PureGrand releases his new EP Swallow Your Doubt.
The final whistle has blown on the World Cup leaving queer fans of a kick-around jonesing for a footie fix. That's where Mario comes in.
When you’ve consumed every episode of GCN’s very own Q+A Podcast, wrap your listeners around the awesome mná on the even awesome-r podcast – The State Of Us.
We have the new single from Jack O’Rourke, with its references to Greek mythology, huge chorus and sheer queer attitude, playing on a loop in GCN Towers.
Ahead of the pope’s shindig for some kinds of families, a colleague was interviewing Mary McAleese...
Jane Casey is neither religious nor the ‘outdoorsy’ type, so how did walking 117KM through rural Spain on the Camino de Santiago turn out to be so her kind of thing, that she can’t wait to do it again?
What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night this month?
Feature: Music
With her part in the new Mama Mia! and a tour in the ring, Cher is on a bit of a renewed rol, but it’s not her first time at the comeback rodeo. Exactly 20 years ago she reinvigorated a lagging music career with a song that would go on to be both a record-breaking hit and the apotheosis of her gay appeal.
Years & Years difficult second album?
Interview
As a stage adaptation of The End of Eddy, Édouard Louis bestselling autobiographical novel about anti-gay bullying, comes to the Dublin Theatre Festival, its director Stewart Laing talks to Brian Finnegan about his own reasons for taking on the project, toxic masculinity, and young people finding self-empowerment
When aircraft engineer Sinan Shwaili and a group of fellow activists put up posters in Baghdad, hoping to help other LGBTs, little did they know that their lives would instantly fall apart.
Robbie Lawlor of ACT UP Dublin shares his most powerful moments of the 22nd International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam, AIDS 2018, at which protests and radical messages were the order of the day
“The closure of The Dragon, and the curtain closing on The Panti Show both had a big impact on the community.” So says, Beth Hayden, founding member of Glitter HOLE, a gang of performers who mix their response to a percieved lack of drag diversity with radical queer politics. So what we can expect from the inauguaral Glitter HOLE Fringe show, The Fianna Fellatio Party?
There’s a stellar line-up of happenings at the Dublin Fringe Festival with a troupe of shows made by and for queers. Here are some of the highlights.
The hijacking of London Pride by a group of trans exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs) last month is indicative of the rise of what seems like a bitter division within the UK’s LGBT community. But in Ireland, TERFs and trans exclusionary rhetoric have barely been seen or heard.
Trans-exclusionary radical feminists reflect to us the woundedness of our own community, our desire to be ‘normal’.
Photo Essay
Originally from Mongolia, 22 year-old self-taught photographer and creative director, Steven Peice got his first camera when he was 18.
As LGBT continues to expand to include ever diversifying letters and identities, more and more people are exploring beyond the narrow definitions of what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Humans are such diverse, queer creatures, and should be embraced for their dif erences rather than oppressed because of them
Community Chest
Winner of the Stewart Parker Award for her play The Half Of It, actress and writer Karen Cogan brings her dark comedy, Drip Feed, about growing up female and queer in 1990’s Ireland, to this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival
Christina Aguilera, Lindsay Lohan, Katie Price and Amber Heard need to get in the sea this month.