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We begin our veritable feast of queer happenings at this year’s much anticipated Dublin Fringe Festival with one that obviously holds a special place in our hearts - The North Is Next (Project Arts Centre, September 7) - a zine coupled with a live event to spotlight and support the drive for queer and reproductive rights in Northern Ireland. We know it has already been brought to your attention earlier in these pages, but no harm in reminding!

Former GCN cover star, Scottee, teams up with a sterling group of collaborators to present Things We’ve Always Wanted To Tell You (Project Arts Centre, September 18-21), a look at the class system in Ireland from the perspective of working-class creatives.

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Editor’s Letter
Welcome, dear reader, to our September issue of GCN celebrating
Community
by Chris Noone - Chair of NXF Research Subcommittee
Black Pride Ireland is a movement created by queer Black people, for Black LGBTQIA+ folks on the island of Ireland. We were founded in 2019 with the aim of creating spaces safe for, accessible to and centring all Black LGBTQIA+ here
Nine Weeks, the new show by Seán Kennedy is a deeply heartfelt exploration of the relationship between Seán and his mother during her final weeks of life. It’s also a rage against male oppression and a celebration of those who overcome
HIV and art go hand in hand. Times of great
Pathfinders, a new photographic exhibition soon to open in Dublin Castle, celebrates pioneer LGBT+ activists through a stunning series of portraits
Will Kennedy is a member of ACT UP Cork. As a person living with HIV, he talks about the continued existence of stigma in the gay community, the importance of sharing the U=U message and his efforts to create a peer mentoring support programme for others who have been recently diagnosed. Portrait by Hazel Coonagh
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
Opinion
Big Little Lies season two was one of the TV events of the summer. Aſter a critically acclaimed first season that seemed universally adored, it wasn’t surprising that all involved wanted to go back for more. But was it the right decision?
Feature
In advance of a potent and timely collaboration highlighting Northern Ireland’s drive for reproductive and queer rights, Managing Editor of GCN and co-creator of The North Is Next, Lisa Connell, relays the necessity for solidarity and the transformative power of art
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
Interview
The unstoppable drag performer, and one of the incredible stars of GCN’s online series Beducation, Avoca Reaction shares with Ranae von Meding the future of their inclusive and diverse queer cabaret
As the National Youth Theatre production prepares to open in The Abbey Theatre, Cassia Gaden Gilmartin speaks to writer Dylan Coburn Gray about the particular set of challenges faced by today’s teenagers
Dylan Meade opens up to Oisin Kenny about pushing back against the title ‘queer artist’, the creation of his distinct art style, and playing with pornography. All paintings by Dylan
Photo Feature
Over two days in mid-August, one area of Dublin burst into rainbow-coloured life as queers and their allies took over the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham for the mighty music and arts festival -Love Sensation
Vickey Curtis and Áine O’Hara will present GAA MAAD, a love letter to the national sport, as part of the upcoming Dublin Fringe Festival. In a GCN first, Vickey created a bespoke poem to give a unique taste of what audiences can expect. GAA abú!
Conversation
Maia Nunes and Beth Hayden both have shows appearing as part of the upcoming Dublin Fringe Festival. Maia’s Incantation looks at intergenerational trauma while Beth will present Púcaparty along with her Glitter HOLE troupe. Maia spoke to Beth about art, impulses and the creative process All photos of Maia by Brian Teeling
Community chest
Have you ever thought about your first love? Did you
Outhouse on Capel Street will soon play host to a
Get those sticks at the ready! The recently formed Oscar