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Welcome, dear reader, to the April/May edition of GCN and the return of the sensational Pillow Queens as they celebrate the release of their second album, Leave the Light On, which is a joy. The Queens are currently touring North America, wowing each city they perform in.
With Bealtaine Festival approaching, we have all you need to know about an incredible new iteration of the iconic ‘70s and ‘80s club night, Flikkers, and we take a look back at the history of LGBTQ+ space, the Front Lounge.
There’s a very necessary feature with suggestions on how to help LGBTQ+ people in Ukraine, while two life-long activists, Mick Quinlan and Ciarán McKinney, talk about ageing in the LGBTQ+ community. Sexual health for GBT+ men is also highlighted with the essential findings of the EMERGE report.
We have more culture, including an interview with Irish band Pretty Happy and a profile of the creepy creatives behind the horror podcast Petrified. There’s a fantastic piece on navigating the dating scene when financial disparities become a factor, a call for proper hate crime legislation and the experience of coming out as transgender while in secondary school, alongside many more voices and opinions from our LGBTQ+ family.
Read on!

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MEET THE NXF
Community NXF – New Team - 2022
In memory of maken
Community In Memory – maken – Tribute
Why we need a law on HATE CRIME
Community Hate Crime – Laws – Protection
FUTURE FRIENDS
Community Spirasi – Befriending – Volunteers
NEW WAYS OF SEEING
Community Growing - Coming Out - Self-acceptance
LOOKK BACKK
Feature Flikkers -Bealtaine -Exhibition
CELEBRATE YOURSELF
Interview Music - Creativity - Art
DEPARTURE LOUNGE
Feature Front Lounge -Memory Lane -Queer History
SOURCE OF LIGHT
Interview Pillow Queens - Leave The Light On - Music
The World Needs A STAGE
Culture Theatre – Writing – Art
United Against War
On February 24, 2022, Russian forces invaded Ukraine, leading to continued bombardment, thousands of deaths, and, at the time of writing, the displacement of around one quarter of the entire population. In response to the ongoing situation, Oisín Kenny lists various organisations appealing for donations to fund the urgent supplies of shelter, food, medication and psychological support needed, and to assist relocation to safe places
Dating and Difference MONEY
Discrimination is often directed towards certain lifelong experiences. This makes it easier for people to judge, fuelled by some sort of “I’m not like them and I’ll never be like them” notion. It’s much easier to throw dodgy comments or think problematic thoughts towards someone if it’s not possible for you to fully relate to them, describes Adrian Colwell.
HAPPIER————————————THAN————————————EVER
Interview Music - Creativity - Art
HIGHLIGHTING LGBTQ+ CREATIVES
Liam Geraghty and Peter Dunne, creators of the award-winning horror anthology podcast Petrified.
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