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The Journey

Due to a lack of medical support for trans people in Ireland, Noah Halpin was forced to travel abroad for his top surgery. He details a journey abroad that many in the community are unaware trans people have to undergo, and describes the emotional and physical impact involved.

They say that 'Sometimes the hardest things in life are the things most worth doing'. don't know who ‘they’ are, but in many ways, they're right. never decided to be transgender, however, did decide to transition. It was and continues to be the hardest thing that have ever done in my life, but also the best thing have ever done for myself. The biggest act of self love.

Although the best thing have ever done for myself, the journey has been and continues to be hard. Throughout this piece, want to be brutally honest. Most people only speak about the joys of the end result, want to talk about the nitty gritty. The things that not many people will tell you.

My four year fight to obtain hormone treatment (HRT) was difficult, exhausting, and, for the most part, infuriating. I’ve been on testosterone for over a year now and although so much happier, not yet 'complete'. After binding my chest for five years, it brought pain, spinal problems and laboured breathing, but worst of all, a constant consciousness of these two large intruders that sat on my chest.

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Welcome to our December issue where we discuss all things health and wellbeing, taking a look at issues which affect the community physically, mentally and sexually. There’s a stunning photo series celebrating the male form away from toxic masc-for-masc culture from photographer Steven Peice who also captured the cover image. A young trans man shares the journey abroad he had to take to avail of top surgery, while members of Intersex Ireland speak about the prejudice they overcame. We dispel shame and bizarre myths about the menopause while the disturbing subject of bi erasure gets a much-needed feature. There’s a discussion about the place of corporations in the LGBT+ community and author and former president of the NGF, Eamon Somers, recounts his career. In a GCN first, we proudly premier our very first piece of original fiction with a short story from an exciting new writer. With the topic of health and wellbeing in mind and recent events at Loughlinstown, it’s time to get out in the streets to support our trans family. No more waiting lists! Enjoy the issue.