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From The Editor

Welcome to our annual weddings issue. Every year for this issue, we interview real couples who tied the knot about their relationships and their big day out. It’s always wonderful to hear so many positive stories, to witness lesbian, gay and bisexual people celebrating their love. I’m from a generation who never even imagined that we’d be accepted and endorsed in this way in Ireland, a generation that never heard gay love stories, who were given the message that being gay was a lonely existence.

Nowadays, on some level, we take this acknowledgement of our relationships for granted, as if it’s always been this way. For the couples who do walk down the aisle, however, the day itself brings the privilege of being able to marry into stark relief. As one of the men we interviewed in this issue says, we may be able to get married now, but “it’s not over yet”.

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Darragh Martin, authour of Future Popes Of Ireland talks to Peter Dunne about inspirations, dark comedy and the place for religion in a country slowing losing its own.
While many gay male couples in Ireland have had children using surrogate pregnancies, the current legalities around surrogacy in Ireland are difficult at best. A new bill will aim to iron out the issues, but legal professionals and LGBT+ organisations are raising major issues with its current shape, while for one gay couple the delay with its introduction has proven untenable.
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Star of the groundbreaking BBC sitcom Boy Meets Girl, actress and comedian Rebecca Root makes history as the irst trans actor playing a trans character in professional Irish theatre in Rathmines Road, staged as part of the upcoming Dublin Theatre Festival.
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