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From The Team
Welcome, dear reader, to our February issue of GCN, as
NXF: GALAS: Acknowledging, Celebrating, Striving
As we prepare for the ninth GALAS on Saturday, February
Wet Wild
Struggling to stick to those New Year’s resolutions to get out and do something a little more physical than working through that Netflix watch list? Wet and Wild could be for you! Some of the members involved give us the lowdown
Aerach. Aiteach. Gaelach.
Last year, a GCN article described me as “queer poet Ciara Ní É”. Immediately upon reading this, a jubilant smile spread across my face
HIV Manifesto for the General Election 2020
HIV Ireland invite all General Election 2020 candidates to voice their support for the #HIVManifesto which aims to end new HIV transmissions, combat stigma and improve services for people living with HIV
Culture Club:Conor Behan
During 2019 this column touched on RuPaul’s Drag Race numerous times -from discussing how the US version was having a bumpy patch to later praising the undeniably fun UK run of the series
Unfinished Business
The last decade was a period of great change for the Irish LGBT+ community, but, as Ranae von Meding describes, for those who believe true equality has been achieved, that’s not the whole truth
The State of Health
For a country that has some of the best gender recognition legislation in the world, we have an extremely poor track record for trans specific healthcare. Noah Halpin, founder of This Is Me -Transgender Healthcare Campaign gets to the heart of the matter
A Country Seen Through The Lens Of Direct Provision
As we begin the 2020’s it is hard to believe that the moral stain on the country that is the Direct Provision system shows no signs of ending. Evgeny Shtorn, who has first-hand experience of the cruel and inhumane process, looks at its past and imagines the longterm impact it will have not only on those forced to go through it, but on Ireland itself. Image by Vukašin Nedeljkovic for The Asylum Archive
Law of the Land
In 2019, a University of Limerick report stated that Ireland was failing in its obligations in relation to hate crime. Here we are at the start of a new decade, yet what changes have occurred? Patrick McDonagh takes a deeper look
Moving Forward
In the last two decades, the LGBT+ community has achieved monumental victories in terms of rights and recognition. However, the field of mental health is sorely lacking the same forward momentum. Oisin Kenny examines the areas which still require further development going into 2020
Every Woman
On Saturday, February 1, the interior courtyard of Collins Barracks in Dublin will be lit up with images of trans women and non-binary femme identifying people as part of the beautiful and inspiring EveryWoman Project, created by The Stairlings Collective
SHABLAM!
While the comic world has queer fans by the multitude, LGBT+ stories in those pages have been almost non existent until recent years. Chris Rooke looks at how the independent comic scene is leading the charge in terms of queer representation
HYDRA
As her latest artpiece appears in a new exhibition celebrating Irish women artists, Louise Walsh speaks to Peter Dunne about revisiting the past and how a rage against a bigoted society in thrall to the Catholic Church influenced the creation of confronting art which doubled as protest. All images provided by Louise
The Issues That Matter
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has announced the next general election will be held on Saturday, February 8, while nominations for candidates in the general election close on Wednesday, January 22. With that in mind, Jade Wilson breaks down the issues most relevant to the LGBT+ community
Life Is A Cabearet
On Friday January 31, Bear Lee There will host an
Take It To The Front
Alongside David Gough, Valerie Mulcahy and the Emerald Warriors, one