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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 offer advice to young LGBTQ+ people about to enter college. Photos by Babs Daly.

Education policy, local representation and protecting the rights of students.

Rebecca Gorman Vice President for Education DIT SU

For a student to feel safe, they should be able to express themselves freely without the risk of being harmed or put into danger - think we are not there yet. Small changes like allowing name and gender changes on student cards and gender-neutral bathrooms should be the norm, but they are making slow progress in the college structures. We all have a responsibility to support and vocalise the needs of our students, and make sure they feel they are able to ask for what they need.

Find your college family they are there somewhere. Now is your chance to fully explore and discover more about your identity. Come out when you feel safe - your support network is key to carry you through. Provide support to your LGBTQ+ peers too!

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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!