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Welcome to a very special edition of GCN. With International Women’s Day on March 8, we decided to celebrate the female-identifying members of our queer family with a host of interviews, features and opinion pieces. There’s an amazing photo set with Pillow Queens, while the ultimate frontwoman - Skin from Skunk Anansie - talks 25 years in the business. There’s a look back at the lesbian nightlife scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s, while writer and director Kate Dolan stopped by to talk all things horror. There’s an urgent and essential piece about the treatment of women in online spaces and a hard-hitting report on LGBT+ killings in Brazil. We highlight the inspiring new queer wave in the Irish student movement and Ellen Murray from TENI, the trans rights and disability rights advocate, tells us about her journey. It’s a great one, people!

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Team GCN
For this month’s issue we’ve asked some of team GCN who’s your all time favourite frontwoman?
PrEP Works For Women
PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, is safe and effective protection against HIV, and it works for anyone, whatever your gender, sexual orientation, and whatever kind of sex you’re having.
Identity Rights for Adoptees
Please don’t tell survivors of Mother and Baby Institutions to be patient and that the fight for our basic Human Rights will take time. We have been fighting all our lives and are tired of waiting for justice
Sexual Health
I was 19 when I became aware of the inequalities in Ireland’s sexual health services. I went to get tested for STIs, and despite being certain that I had had sex with someone who had one, I was told that it wasn’t possible because the person I’d had sex with was a woman
Leading the Charge
There’s a new queer wave in the Student Union Movement in colleges across the country. Here we speak to some of the awesome folk making things happen. They explain what drives them, what needs to be done to make student life better, and they of er advice to young LGBTQ+ people about to enter college. Photos by Babs Daly
Stand With Chechnya
On February 4, representatives from LGBT+ and human rights organisations, along with their allies, gathered outside the Russian Embassy in Dublin to protest the horrific abuses perpetrated against the queer community in Chechnya.
Culture Club
It may be the era of prestige TV but my weekly dose of reality shows is the balm my head needs. The sledgehammer subtlety of reality TV storytelling thankfully doesn’t require following intricate storytelling, making it perfect for switching off
Dark Corners
Eating disorders, rape culture and toxic masculinity; Sarah McKenna Barry looks at the war on women’s bodies from an online lens.
Skin Deep
Skin, the unmistakable frontwoman of one of rock’s most urgent bands, speaks to Lisa Connell about 25 years of Skunk Anansie.
Because The Night
Emily O’Connell takes a look at the largely undocumented lesbian nightlife scene and speaks to the women who experienced it.
Cat Person
As her short film, Catcalls, makes the festival rounds, director and writer Kate Dolan speaks to Peter Dunne about making horror movies in a male dominated field.
Yaaas Queens
Lisa Connell was on hand to see an exciting queer Irish band transform into the favourites.
Country Divided
With a recent terrifying annual report released compiling the hundreds of LGBT+ killings across Brazil, Peter Dunne looks at the impact the recent Presidential election has had on a country already in turmoil
Fairgame
For all you sports fanatics out there, brace yourselves, because
Inside Out
Founder of the trans youth service GenderJam NI, and the Belfast Trans Resource Centre through SAIL NI, trans rights and disability rights advocate Ellen Murray has recently joined the fine folk at TENI
Shirley’s BREXIT Burn Book
Maeve Mulcahy is gonna fail Pass Maths