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Will St Leger contrasts the disparate standards of sexual health services offered in Ireland and the UK; five of the LGBT+ community's most ardent female activists speak with us ahead of International Women’s Day; Ciara Mc Grattan catch-up with the gladiators of the Gay Games 2018; we coax some members of the Bear community out of the woods to tell us about their cuddly culture; PLUS all the best news, gossip, comedy and much more!

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FROM THE EDITOR
Why it's important for Ireland’s LGBT+ community to remember Declan Flynn at a Dublin Pride rally this month.
MEET OUR CONTRIBUTORS
We’ve got some great content for you to get your teeth into this month. Meet the people who wrote it!
30 YEARS OF GAY COMMUNITY NEWS
On February 10 at GCN Towers, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the publication of our very first issue.
MOTHER'S SECRET SESSIONS
The Mother crew love a little sesh, so over the next few months Dublin's favourite queer club will be hosting secret BYOB live sessions!
BABY DADDY?
The queer movie to get tickets for at the Audi Dublin International Film Fesitval is Carlos Marques-Marcet's 'Anchor and Hope'.
TOTES SHOUTOUT!
Want to support LGBT+ charity ShoutOut and look super fly at the same time?
EVEN OUT
Keep March 9 free in your calender for a night of queer techno, house and electro beats.
ALL HAIL, ALYSSA!
'RuPaul's Drag Race' diva, Alyssa Edwards back-rolls into Dublin this month!
UNSCENE 'N' HERD
This month sees the launch of a new live music club night for queers and their pals.
FOXY ROXXXY
Hold on to your pearls, gurls, because everyone’s favourite abandoned-at-a-bus-stop-by-her-mother
O'CONNOR'S GAME
After a break of six years, Robert O'Connor's new single is a big love anthem with an unforgettable hook.
A QUICKIE WITH... JILL & GILL
Together illustrator Jill Deering and printmaker Gillian Henderson have created the collaborative studio, Jill & Gill, producing much sought-after prints and apparel, including their new ‘Boss Lady’ tees
QUEER VIEW MIRROR
How will the aftermath of the referendum to Repeal the 8th roll out?
CHARTING THE SONGS WE LOVE SO WELL
In 1998, a closeted George Michael found himself at the centre of a gay sex scandal that had the tabloids baying for his blood.
MUSIC REVIEW
Does Camila Cabello’s debut album live up to the success of ‘Havana’?
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR A BEAR
As Bear Féile makes its annual return to the Dublin scene, Nigel Connor looks at bear culture and the paradoxes that come together to make up a bear.
JONATHAN HAYES ON BEAR CULTURE
Once I was told in a gay bar that I was too fat and hairy to be part of gay culture. The bear subculture taught me different.
FIGHT THE POWER
To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the power of queer female activists in Ireland. Aifric Ní Chríodáin meets the women on the frontlines.
THE SCHULMAN PRINCIPLE
Legendary queer activist, feminist and author Sarah Schulman will be in Dublin this month to speak as part of the Where We Live festival. As Ireland gears up for the referendum on the 8th amendment, she talks to Roísin McVeigh about how successful movements are created and sustained, and the challenges activism must overcome in the age of the hashtag
THE FUTURE IS NOW
There’s an average of one HIV diagnosis every 18 hours in Ireland, half of those in gay and bisexual men Meanwhile in England, recent data reveals the irst downturn in HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men since records began. Not only do we have a health crisis on our hands, says Will St Leger of ACT UP Dublin, we have a political crisis too
THE PrEP SURVEY
This month, on behalf of Teva Pharmaceuticals Ireland, we asked our readers online to participate in a survey that examined a number of areas in relation to PrEP, such as sexual health, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), attitudes around HIV, and awareness and use of PrEP amongst the LGBT+ community
QUEER EYE FOR A TRUMP GUY
As a GLAAD report shows a dip in acceptance of LGBTs in America, the Netflix reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy takes all the elements of the original and repackages them to fly in the face of the Trump administration’s rollback on acceptance
#TEAMIRELAND
In the first of a new series leading up to the Gay Games in Paris next August we meet some of the LGBTs who will be representing Ireland in their chosen sports.
LGBT GIRLS HEALTH & FITNESS
A new group for LGBT+ women aims to get you fit for 2018!
EMIS THANK-YOU!
Over 2,000 respondents who completed the European MSM Internet Sex Survey were from Ireland.
INSIDE OUT
When he moved to Ireland ive years ago to be with his Irish partner, Jonathan Weir began volunteering with LGBT+ organisations so that he could become more involved with the community. This experience has led him to becoming the Ireland Country Manager with OUTstanding, a global membership organisation for businesses that strives for positive change in the workplace for LGBT+ people
RAY O'NEILL
Everyone was talking about micro-cheating in online entanglements last month, but there’s a fine line between macro control and harmless flirting
SHIRLEY'S BURN BOOK
I know that I sound like I’m bragging when I say I didn't watch Celebrity Big Brother.