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Welcome to the October Issue of GCN, as our much-missed printed issue makes a return, and it’s a great one!
Inside, we take a look at the incredible Proud AF campaign, which speaks to under-represented queer men and platforms their voices. There’s also a hard-hitting feature on the national emergency that is the state of Trans healthcare.
Expect amazing photospreads, including a look at the triumphant return of the Mother Block Party, while photographer Niamh Barry captures portraits of queer youth.
On the arts side of things, Once Before I Go is an unmissable show in the Gate theatre looking at 40 years of LGBTQ+ life, while Emma Wolf-Haugh’s exhibition celebrates queer women through the lens of Eileen Gray. The community speaks, as members talk about issues such as the blood ban, body image, the situation for LGBTQ+ people in Direct Provision, and The Outing amongst others.
There’s also an incredible feature on Ireland's history of criminalising gay men tying in with the upcoming Decade of Centenaries. With all that quality content, put on the kettle and get comfy!

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FROM THE TEAM
Welcome dear reader, to the October issue of GCN.
BODY IMAGE
“Recently I realised that I have been on a diet for the past 23 years”, explains James O’Hagan.
Proud as
Holly Shortall speaks to the people depicted in the Proud AF campaign and explains why it is needed now more than ever.
HAPPY ALMOST BIRTHDAY, TRANS WRITERS UNION
On September 22, 2020, James Hudson sent a DM to Anna Walsh, an Irish writer living in Glasgow, opening with: “Hey Anna, I have been, how you say, plagued (in a good way) by your Tweets.”
BLACK QUEER BOOK CLUB
Book Club – Black Queer Writers – Black Queer Readers.
The Outing Festival Returns!
A new twist on an old tradition, the world famous queer music, matchmaking and arts festival is coming back to Co Clare on Valentine’s Weekend, 11 -13 February, 2022.
Essay by a Girl from Somewhere Else
Based in the US, Sarah Wright shares how applying for dual Irish/American citizenship felt almost like coming out all over again in terms of identity.
DANCE WITH YOUR MA
After what felt like a lifetime, Mother Club proved that yes, we would dance again, as the Mother Summer Block Party brought the community to its (dancing) feet.
NEW LAND NEW LIFE
In recent years, the LGBTQ+ community in Ireland has become more diverse but is it becoming inclusive simultaneously?
NOT WELCOME AT HOME
Tomás Henegan asks why he is forced to go abroad to give blood when the country is crying out for donations.
SHADES OF EILEEN GRAY
Han Tiernan visits the new exhibition by artist Emma Wolf-Haugh and finds its depiction of queer women through the prism of Eileen Gray both whimsical and intricate.
The struggle
Decade of Centenaries - Criminalisation - Harmful Legacies.
A state of collapse
Trans Healthcare in Ireland is a National Emergency.
INNER SPACE/OUTER SPACE
The new project by photographer Niamh Barry -Within and Outside These Spaces -explores the overlap between queer people and the spaces they move in.
ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
A vibrant new play spanning 40 years of queer life and the journeys of those involved is about to take the theatre scene by storm. Chris Rooke speaks to the creators.