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In this month’s bumper celebration of wedded bliss, we talk to loved-up couples who enjoyed the biggest day of their lives in 2018 and get some insider info on organising the main event. Not content with bringing you all the news that matters, your favourite magazine’s history of matchmaking is revealed as we talk to couples who met through the pages of GCN. Alongside a one-stop directory of wedding day info, we have some handy etiquette tips for attendees and a history of the battle for same-sex marriage around the globe. We continue our series of interviews with LGBT+ asylum seekers in the Direct Provision system and author Darragh Martin speaks about his new book, Future Popes of Ireland. It’s a jam-packed October issue!

GCN 346 Articles

From The Editor
While we take for granted our right to marry, many LGBT asylum seekers in Ireland are living in a system of fear...
We Asked The Team
What Would Be The Theme Of Your Big Day?
Sylvia Meehan
A Fearless Champion of Equality For All
Water Cooler Chatter: Dublin Pride and The Pope’s Visit
GCN has launched a petition for the 2019 Pride Parade to march through the main streets of Dublin.
I Can See Clerys Now
The countdown timer is ticking for the Irish cinema release of Under The Clock.
Busby Berkery
Irish choreographer extraordinaire, James Berkery (pictured) will have his mad skills blown large on the big screen with the release of the short dance film Four Quartets.
Be Kind, Rewind
Mark O'Connell's queer ode to 80's movies.
Bi Visibility Day
Sunday, September 23 was the official worldwide Bi Visibility Day.
A Quickie with...
Pop Sensation Saara Alto talks coming out and her upcoming gig in Dublin.
QUEER VIEW MIRROR
Another month, another clerical abuse scandal. Germany, Australia, Chile, the
Get Away Before Your Big Day!
Lisa Connell visits the fabulous Farnham Estate; the place where mini-’moon dreams are made.
The Book Guy
What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night this month?
The Good Book
Darragh Martin, authour of Future Popes Of Ireland talks to Peter Dunne about inspirations, dark comedy and the place for religion in a country slowing losing its own.
Family Matters
While many gay male couples in Ireland have had children using surrogate pregnancies, the current legalities around surrogacy in Ireland are difficult at best. A new bill will aim to iron out the issues, but legal professionals and LGBT+ organisations are raising major issues with its current shape, while for one gay couple the delay with its introduction has proven untenable.
The Story of Same-Sex Marriage
Here is the current state of marriage equality worldwide.
We Met Through GCN
We speak to married couples who met through the classified ads section of GCN.
The Wedding Guest Survival Guide
There’s plenty of wedding etiquette available for happy couples approaching their big day, but what about the guests?
Leanne & Elaine
Our Wedding Party
Pat & Steve
Our City Wedding
Roisín & Elaine
Our Dream Wedding In Donegal
Joey & Liam
Our Prom-Themed Wedding
Wedding Directory Venues
An 18th century Palladian mansion set on over 300 acres
Wedding Directory: Suppliers
The best LGBT+ friendly wedding suppliers across Ireland.
Seeking Sanctuary
“I’m in a bad dream,” says former mental health worker, Clarice Mhonderwa from Zimbabwe, who has just had her application for asylum in Ireland turned down. Ater three years waiting in the Direct Provision system, unable to work and on a basic allowance of €21.60 a week, Clarice now faces the possibility of returning to a country where LGBT+ people are characterised as “worse than dogs”
Inside Out
Star of the groundbreaking BBC sitcom Boy Meets Girl, actress and comedian Rebecca Root makes history as the irst trans actor playing a trans character in professional Irish theatre in Rathmines Road, staged as part of the upcoming Dublin Theatre Festival.
Ray O’Neill
The rise of unlimited choice and seeming availability has left us unable to enjoy one thing without the fear that we’re missing out on something better, turning us into FOMOsexuals.
Shirley’s Burn Book
Angela Fusciardi, CBB's Rodrigo, Coleen Nolan, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj are all in Shirley's Burn Book this month.