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GCN - 340

We’re celebrating 30 years of GCN this month, that’s three decades and 340 issues of Ireland’s beloved queer magazine, and what a time of incredible change for LGBT+ people in Ireland our pages have documented over that time! In this very special issue, with a cover specially created by artist Will St Leger, 30 columnists remember 30 moments that changed Ireland of 30 years. From decriminalisation to marriage equality, and everything in between, there’s a lot of reading and a lot or reminiscing in this bumper collector’s edition. It’s literally everything you ever wanted to know about queer Ireland. Dig in now and get reading!

GCN 340 Articles

From The Editor
30 years on, GCN continues to be a vital community resource worth its weight in gold
We Asked The Team
What does GCN mean to you?
Remembering Jim
Jim Redmond and Michael Fitzgerald fell in love while both working on the GCN FÁS Community Employment scheme in 1994. This month, we sadly lost Jim, who went on to write a column in the magazine well into the 2000s. Here Michael remembers the moment they met
Leo and Matt At The NYC Paddy’s Day Parade
This month we’re having words about...
Listen Up, Couch Potatoes
Have you ever wanted to be one of those smug
Outhouse Café Has Had A Lil’ Work Done...
We learned while putting this issue together that Dublin’s LGBT
Queer View Mirror
A recent court case showed an unusual legal side to how attitudes to AIDS have changed...
A Quickie with…
Who doesn’t love a place that describes itself as a ‘coffee roastery’?
Putting The First GCN Together 1988
My first professional journalist job was with Out magazine...
A Word From Our Publishers
The National LGBT Federation (NXF) has been working voluntarily to improve LGBT+ lives for almost 40 years.
No: 2 The GCN Newsroom 1993
25 years on, reflecting on my involvement in GCN, I wince at the things we did...
No: 3 GCN’S Lesbian Pages
I arrived in Ireland in 1993, just as the decriminalisation...
No: 4 The Gay And Lesbian Equality Network GLEN
The cover of the June 1993 edition of GCN featured...
No: 5 Decriminilisation 1993
The decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993 was the end of...
No: 6 Alternative Miss Ireland 1987 To 2012
A long time ago at midnight on April 1, in...
No: 7 HIV In Ireland And GCN
Last year marked the 30th year for HIV Ireland...
No: 8 The Prides Of Ireland Dublin Pride
The Dublin LGBTQ Pride parade has been gracing the capital’s...
Cork Pride
The Cork LGBT Pride Festival has come a long way...
Limerick Pride
The first Pride took place in Limerick in 2001, when...
Northwest Pride
Northwest Pride started with a dream. 2006, in rural Leitrim...
No: 9 Irish Queer Literature In The 1990s
“Joanna and Helen are in their 20s - confident, successful...
No: 10 Stephen Gately Comes Out 1999
“Out popstars at the time were rare, but there were...
No: 11 The Blood Ban
I was 16 the first time someone told me I...
No: 12 Section 37.1
The Equal Status and Employment Equality laws that were brought...
No: 13 Queer Theatre
In 1996, Gerard Stembridge’s play The Gay Detective made its...
The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival
The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival was founded on January...
No: 14 TENI
When I joined TENI eight years ago, Ireland was a...
No: 15 OUTHOUSE
From 1994, less than a year after decriminalisation, the need
Three Decades of Legislative Change!
When GCN was launched 30 years ago, gay men could be prosecuted and jailed under draconian, homophobic legislation inherited from our former colonial masters and which was retained upon independence in 1922
No: 16 Cork Leads The Way
In 2002 the Cork City Development Board Strategy Imagine our THE CORK CITY LGBT AWARENESS WEEK
LINC
Established in 1999, LINC is the only dedicated community organisation
No: 17 BelongTo
In 2001 OutYouth convened a community consultation. At this time...
No: 18 Zappone & Gilligan V Revenue Commisioners 2006
My first memory of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan...
No: 19 Lydia Foy V Ireland 2007
October 19, 2007 was a pivotal moment in trans history...
No: 20 The GALAS
In 2008 when I first joined the National LGBT Federation’s...
No: 21 Queer Film
Now known far and wide as GAZE (a name coined...
The Decade Of 'The Crying Game'
In 1993 audiences were shocked at the twist in the...
No: 22 David Norris' Presidential Bid 2011
Apart from Mickey D and the two Marys, how many...
No: 23 The Civil Partnership Act 2010
It was December 23, 2010, and Dermot Aherne, then Minister...
No: 24 The Queer Irish Archive
The recent snow event reminded me how much I loved...
No: 25 LGBT NOISE
In 2007 a small group of volunteers founded LGBT Noise
No: 26 Coming Out In Sport
“I know I am different; but just in this way.”...
No: 27 Panti's Noble Call
For me, Panti’s Noble Call is one of the most...
No: 28 Leo Varadkar Comes Out 2015
Firsts matter to us. The first time each of us
No: 29 Ireland Votes For Marriage Equality 2015
Friday, May 22 2015 was the day the Irish nation...
No: 30 The Gender Recognition Act 2015
It was sunny, when we left Leinster House, all smiles...
Cork Gay Project Appoints New Coordinator
The Cork Gay Project has announced the appointment of Pádraig...
Your Legacy For The LGBT Community
The Community Foundation for Ireland has strongly supported LGBT+ people in Ireland for almost 20 years, and it intends to continue doing so on into the future. Will you help?
Manipulation & Consent
The Belfast rape trial points towards a society where young...
Shirley’s Burn Book
Rosario Delrio is a two-timing beyatcha, and…