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GCN Group Manager Michael Brett

And breathe…we made it to the end of the year. 2022, you were a rollercoaster of emotions! We emerged from the shadow of Covid-19 and finally celebrated Pride and queer events in-person across the country. Our light shone again, as we protested, partied, and paraded through the cities, towns, and villages of the country.

The recent removal of sexuality-based restriction on blood donations in the country, mean we are finally catching up with some of our European counterparts. While the long campaigned for scheme to disregard historic convictions of gay and bisexual men in Ireland finally started.

It wasn’t all good news. We lurched from Covid pandemic to MPox pandemic, from war to a cost-of-living crisis. There continues to be an increase in homophobic and transphobic attacks on our streets. The murders of Aidan Moffitt and Michael Snee in Sligo sent shock waves through the country. There has been an increase in anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment, slurs, and bullying online, from the pulpit, and across some sections of society.

The hosting of the World Cup in Qatar, and the shifting political and judicial sands in the USA are just two examples that reminded us that equality still has a long way to go in some parts of the world, and the retrograde steps being enforced by those in power on communities in some countries.

But we continue to have hope. We are a resilient community and we’ve come a long way.

2023 marks 50 years of LGBTQ+ activism in Ireland, the 40th anniversary of the first LGBTQ+ march to Fairview Park in Dublin, the 35th birthday of GCN, and many more milestones to be remembered and celebrated.

The Hate Crime Bill, discussed in this issue, is currently making its way through the Oireachtas. This is just the beginning, but it is a first step in ensuring hate crime and hate speech is tackled through the law and by the relevant authorities.

We, as a community, continue to strive to make Ireland a fair and equitable country for all who call this place a home. We welcome those seeking refuge in our communities, those escaping oppression, war, and death.

At GCN, we will continue to highlight the issues, debate the topics, shine a light on the creatives and tribes within our community, and amplify the voices of the marginalised.

GCN is an outlet for our community, by our community, and throughout 2023 we will be looking for your input in how we can serve you better.

But for now, I want to say thank you for your continued support throughout the year. For contributing to, interacting with, and making GCN a vibrant media outlet, as we continue to evolve with you at the heart of what we do.

I also want to thank Team GCN for welcoming me to the crew. I know I have big shoes to fill, taking the reins from Lisa Connell, but the talented team here have made that a less daunting task for me.

Wishing you a fabulous festive season, and every best wish for a happy, peaceful, and queer new year! See you on the far side.

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Welcome, dear reader, to the December/January edition of GCN, an issue that serves the double purpose of closing out one year and welcoming in another.
The National LGBT Federation (NXF) is glad to report that the long-awaited Hate Offences Bill was moved forward by Government in recent weeks.
Fionn Kidney of the non-profit social enterprise Common Knowledge shares information on an essential new project which creates space for LGBTQ+ people to bring climate action home to Irish communities
A Pride of Prides
When Nicole Lee moved to Ireland in 2020, one of the things she was most excited about was Dublin Pride. When 2022 arrived, she decided to go all-out by attending not one, but five different Prides.
My Love Letter to the Punk Community
‘Punk is not dead.’ Al Fartukh heard this phrase far too many times before they even knew what punk was. They wrote it on bathroom walls, school books and even dreamed of having a tattoo of the phrase when they were a preteen, but they can now confidently say that it sure as hell is more alive than ever.
On December 2, 2010, former FIFA President Sepp Blatter revealed that Qatar would be the host nation for the men’s World Cup in 2022. Alice Linehan reports on how that decision has affected queer players and fans of football
Mind Matters
As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, those of us with seasonal depression, anxiety and other issues are bound to notice increased symptoms. But, as Ethan Moser explains, it would be remiss not to mention that LGBTQ+ folks are more likely to suffer from mental health issues than our cis-het counterparts.
Northern Star
Damian Kerlin takes a closer look at that jewel in the crown of Belfast’s queer nightlife, the much-loved Kremlin.
Whether you consider yourself young or old, ageing is something that affects us all. Han Tiernan talks about an essential roundtable discussion which happened as part of the Outburst Queer Arts Fest.
The god Thor was once beaten in an arm wrestle by a very aged crone, the tale illustrating that age will always defeat youth and vigour in the end. El’s suggestion of looking to our own folklore, such as the idea of Tír na nÓg, when thinking about time passing, was introduced during an online round table interview that Rita Wild hosted in November of behalf of GCN.
Antisocial Media
In October of this year, Elon Musk fulfilled the prophecy of his acquisition of Twitter, entering the company’s headquarters wielding a sink and a promise to become a “free speech absolutist”. Joe Drennan looks at the social media platform’s freefall since and its stark rise in anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric.
After years of campaigning for appropriate legislation to protect marginalised groups, the Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offences Bill 2022 is going through its second stage in the Dáil. The majority of EU countries already have existing legislation and in the current climate of increasing hate, Beatrice Fanucci echoes the voices who say it’s past time for Ireland to take action.
Living in a predominantly white country has made it easy to lose sight of the colours that different cultures have brought to Ireland from across the globe as queer People of Colour express their identities in beautiful ways, including performance, music and art. Al Fartukh spoke to a handful of queer Asian artists whose voices are becoming louder and more recognised with each of their artistic endeavours. They shared their influences, expressions and what it means for them to identify as queer and Asian.
As of November 2022, the number of people registered as homeless in Ireland reached the highest on record - 11,397 without a home. Adding to the causes for concern about this issue is the immense cohort that remains statistically underrepresented - the LGBTQ+ community. Joe Drennan reports
2022 saw some massive shifts in Irish queer culture. From dealing with a spike in hate-fuelled attacks and persisting transphobia in Irish media to more hopeful displays of progress, the queer people
GCN Group Manager Michael Brett
And breathe…we made it to the end of the year. 2022, you were a rollercoaster of emotions! We emerged from the shadow of Covid-19 and finally celebrated Pride and queer events in-person across the country. Our light shone again, as we protested, partied, and paraded through the cities, towns, and villages of the country
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