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Coming Out For The Community

With Outcomers Drogheda, a new support service has just become available for the LGBT+ community. Anthony Kinehan relayed to Peter Dunne their plans for the future. Images by Dini Photography.

During the recent official launch of Outcomers Drogheda, Chair of the group Anthony Kinehan gave a touching speech which summed up exactly what inspired a group of activists to create a new community support system.

“Why are we here? There are lots of positives; legislation, visibility, but there can still be a lot of hostility out there for LGBT+ people. The LGBT+ community in Drogheda is growing. There are a lot more younger people coming out. Since the Marriage Referendum you have more older people coming out. You have more LGBT+ staying in the regional areas rather than migrating to Dublin, so there is more of a need for regional LGBT+ organisations like this. These supports need to be in place. To have somewhere people can go, where they can ask questions, they can be private about it, they can be discreet about it...and that’s the same whether you’re young or old, Irish or not Irish, married or single, settled or a traveller. And while it’s great to have Dublin and Dundalk just down the road, they can feel like a million miles away when you’re feeling vulnerable.”

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Welcome to our celebration of the LGBT+ artists and queer creatives making dynamic and compelling works. We highlight some of the stunning shows in the Dublin Fringe Festival including our very own collaboration with the festival - The North Is Next. Fringe stars Vickey Curtis, Seán Kennedy, Maia Nunes and Beth Hayden from Glitter HOLE all feature prominently. There’s a fabulous photospread of the ultimate queer art and music festival - Love Sensation and we take a deep dive into the world of queer dating sims. You’ll find essential interviews with queer drag artist extraordinaire - Avoca Reaction, multi-talented artist Dylan Meade and Dylan Coburn Gray, the writer of the diverse and inclusion new National Youth Theatre show - Ask Too Much Of Me. The community speaks, with the launch of Outcomers Drogheda, the manifesto for Black Pride Ireland and a HIV Positive activist with ACT UP Cork speaks about the need to share the U=U message. To all the artists, creatives, writers, performers, singers, illustrators and dreamers - this one’s for you.