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Breaking new ground in LGBT+ representation in gaming culture both on screen and behind the scenes, Chris Rooke leads us through the brave new world of queer dating sims.

Craig and I found ourselves playing catch on the baseball field one evening. We had been college roommates and had reunited when I moved with my daughter, Amanda, to the same town that Craig lived in. His passion for sports had carried through to adulthood: he trained the school baseball team that his twin daughters, Briar and Hazel, played in, while carrying his one year-old, River, in a papoose.

The two of us (and River, of course) had managed to get some time alone during the victory party for another of the team’s successful matches. Notoriously clumsy as I am, one of Craig’s throws hit me in the forehead. He rushed over and, in his words, “did the dad thing” as he examined my head. “Don’t tell me you’ll have to kiss it to make it better,” I teased. “You would be so lucky,” he responded with a smile on his face. I called his bluff : “I mean, I feel I deserve it,” and felt the blood rush to my face as he leaned down and kissed me on the forehead.

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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.