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We’re closing our 30th anniversary celebrations with a bang, celebrating the year of the activist. With that in mind, we arranged for community leaders to speak to the next generation of trailblazers as both sides share their experiences. A Brazilian writer living in Ireland takes a look at his home country following the election of Bolsonaro, while Marty St Clair, one of the scientists behind the discovery of AZT, speaks about the beginnings of the battle against HIV and AIDS. Frank McDonald stops by to talk about his recently released memoirs. There’s an essential look at mental health in the queer community, and the people behind the awesome Dublin Lesbian Line tell us their plans for the future. You can also expect a roundup of a momentous year for LGBTQI+ folk and your community magazine. We couldn’t have done it without you, dear readers!

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Perfect Ten
As the year draws to a close we’re having a reflective moment in GCN towers. 2018 was a momentous year, for the country in general and an extra special one for us, as we marked our 30th year in publishing- three glorious decades of being the national LGBTQ+ press in Ireland. This is a milestone we would not have reached without you, dear readers! With that in mind, here are some of our GCN highlights
Finding Time For Yourself
PEOPLE OFTEN ASK ME WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A SAMESEX PARENT. WELL IT’S PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS BEING A PARENT. ONLY THAT YOUR PARTNER IS OF THE SAME GENDER
Finding Your Community Online
HAVE NEVER REALLY BEEN A FAN OF THE WORD ‘BISEXUAL’. FROM A PURELY PHONETIC POINT OF VIEW IT DOESN’T ROLL OFF THE TONGUE. ‘BI’ NEVER WORKED FOR ME EITHER
ACT UP ACT NOW!
ACT UP Cork member and PLWHIV, Will Kennedy speaks about his disappointment with HIV treatment services in Cork. Photograph by Stephen Moloney
modern anthem013 Charting The Songs We Love So Well
In 2018, it’s hard to picture pop culture without RuPaul’s Drag Race. Queens from the show sell out venues, references are everywhere, judge Michelle Visage has even become an Irish TV star thanks to Ireland’s Got Talent. But before the advent of the massive reality show, RuPaul launched into the mainstream in November of 1992 thanks to the hit single ‘Supermodel (You Better Work)’
The Verdict
Although Christmas is her season, Mariah Carey is not content
THE BOOK GUY
What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night this month?
Black Dog Days
With a recent report showing that over 47 percent of Irish LGBTQI+ people live with depression, Chris O’Donnell speaks about societal attitudes to our community’s mental health as well as their own experience in accessing services
As I live & breathe
Due to personal reasons Peter Dunne took an extended leave of absence from exercise. Here he talks about how Pilates turned things around
Please Hold...
Providing an essential community service since 1979, the Dublin Lesbian Line have been tireless in their support of those who need it. Peter Dunne speaks to the people behind the line that is not just for Dublin, and not just for lesbians
REELING IN THE YEARS: 20GAYTEEN
2018 has been a memorable year for the Irish LGBT+ community with GCN reporting on over 1,400 stories on our site alone. Here are just some of the milestones and highlights for Ireland’s LGBT+ community over the past 365 days
KNOW YOUR STATUS
The recent rollout of the HIV Self-Test Autotest VIH into pharmacies should be broadly welcomed, says Eugene Renehan
Seeking Sanctuary
It was 2013 when Carlos Velasquez arrived in Dublin from Venezuela, a country whose downward spiral now sees it on the brink of economic and social collapse. Here he speaks to Aoife Moriarty about being the target of both verbal and physical abuse. Photograph by Hazel Coonagh
WORD TO THE WISE
GCN was a fly on the wall as a new generation of trailblazers sat down with esteemed community leaders to share their experiences. Each of the amazing pairings spoke about their lives, how attitudes have changed from generation to generation and how they look after themselves when times are tough. Photographs by Hazel Coonagh
THE EARLY DAYS OF THE BATTLE
With the recent 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day highlighting just how long we have been dealing with HIV and AIDS, Peter Dunne speaks to clinical virologist, Marty St Clair about the moment she helped discover the medication which would give hope to a ravaged community
Community News
Following the launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy in
INSIDE OUT
Journalist, previous Irish Times Environmental Editor and scourge of corrupt property developers and cynical politicians, Frank McDonald has released his memoirs - Truly Frank. It tells the story of growing up in the Dublin of the 1950’s and ‘60s and how a young gay man navigated a scene forced underground
Shirley’s Burn Book
It’s Christmas time... and there’s no need to be afraid. Unless you’re Rosita Quinlan