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We’ve got so much to talk about in this month’s issue, we’d better get started! Leading the charge is our cover star Conor O’Brien, the voice behind The Villagers. Conor dropped in to talk about their new album and what it’s like being an out gay man in the business. On a further musical note, Irish electro band Eden celebrate 20 years in the industry. They had many a tale to tell and GCN was delighted to listen! The GAZE film festival takes over cinema screens this month so we caught up with Desiree Akhavan, the writer and director of the much-lauded gay conversion therapy film The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, along with the creators of the essential documentary Outitude, detailing the history of Ireland’s lesbian community. On a more serious note, Evgeny Shtorn details his escape from Russian persecution only to be caught in the bureaucracy that is Ireland’s Direct Provision System. Plus Jamie Brady provides a hard-hitting photo essay on the effects on Grindr on the young male psyche. With all that awesome content on offer, you better start reading now!

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From The Editor
The amendment to the Children and Family Relationships Bill needs to fully take into account the way same-sex people are having children...
We Asked The Team
Who Are Your Favourite Queer Music Artists?
Water Cooler Chatter: Trans Pride March
This month we’re having words about…
Gazing North
Bound to be one of the crown jewels in the glittering tiara that is the upcoming Gaze Dublin International LGBT+ Film Festival...
Pride in Cork & Galway
Continuing to keep the country rainbow coloured, this month sees Cork and Galway throw their own annual Pride celebrations.
Peter Out
One of the first out gay men to stand for election in Britain, our latest guest on Q+A is Peter Tatchell.
The Maurice The Merrier
Merchant Ivory’s much loved and lauded 1987 film adaptation of EM Forster's classic gay novel, Maurice makes a welcome return to the IFI this month.
Win a Seven-Night Mediterranean Cruise!
Sunway holidays have teamed up with GCN to offer one lucky winner the chance to win a fabulous seven-night Mediterranean cruise for two. The lucky pair will be flown to sunny Barcelona and pampered from the moment they step aboard the magnificent ship
Suits You, Sir
Purveyors of the finest luxury men’s suits and designer clothing in Dublin, Louis Copeland & Sons have released their latest brochure.
Dudes Got Issues
Theatre goers hitting the Galway Fringe should make a point of grabbing a ticket for Men At Play, a hilarious but hard-hitting look at male identity.
Anyone For Tee’s?
The archive at Gay Switchboard Ireland has provided ripe pickings for a range of t-shirts on sale at Dublin’s Hen’s Teeth on Fade Street.
Queer View Mirror
Pride Month saw different sorts of protests at parades around the world. Americans reacted to the latest utterances of their president, while here in Europe there was a bit of everything.
The Book Guy
What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night this month?
Romeo is Calling
Author of hit dating blog, ‘The Guyliner’, Justin Myers has found just as much success with his irst novel, The Last Romeo.
Post Con–Version
Screening at this year’s GAZE, Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance award-winning film, The Miseducation of Cameron Post tackles coming of age in a gay conversion therapy camp circa 1993.
Opinion: Senator Fintan Warield
In banning gay conversion therapy, Ireland would further distance itself from the acceleration of turmoil and hate in a fractured world.
Seeking Sanctuary
In the first of a series of interviews with LGBT+ asylum seekers in Ireland, Brian Finnegan meets sociologist Evgeny Shtorn, who had to suddenly leave his home in Russia’s St. Petersburg.
A Siren’s Call, Home
Photographer Jamie Brady worked with users of Grindr on a project which interrogates how dating apps have become an introduction to the LGBT community for young gay men.
It Takes A Villager
With the upcoming release of his new album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim and a show at the latest big music festival on the block, All Together Now, Conor O’Brien from The Villagers sits down with Peter Dunne to talk the commercialisation of Pride, the relief of coming out, and taking a new musical direction
Return To Eden
Releasing a singles collection to mark two decades in the business, Ian Henderson and Mark Power of the band Eden talk with Peter Dunne about record deals, gay boybands, cruising on Coronation Street, and still making music 20 years on
Clayton Bound!
We're planning a very special Weddings issue with a feature about wedded gay and lesbian couple who met through the pages of this here publication.
Herstory In The Making
Having repeatedly noted a dearth in representation of the Irish lesbian experience on the screen, the makers of a new documentary showing at this year’s GAZE decided to take matters into their own hands. The result is Outitude, a film that is as grassroots as the lesbian movement it charts, as director and producer Sonya Mulligan and Ger Moane, tell Aoife O’Connor
OPINION: Ray O’Neill
A state apology for the criminalisation of gay men in Ireland is not enough, and the event in Dublin castle to celebrate it didn’t give justice to the silenced
Shirley’s Burn Book
Angie Dukakis has a third nipple, and…