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Three Decades of Legislative Change!

When GCN was launched 30 years ago, gay men could be prosecuted and jailed under draconian, homophobic legislation inherited from our former colonial masters and which was retained upon independence in 1922.

More broadly, GCN was born into a decade that saw a number of defeats for socially progressive movements in Ireland, with the passage of the so-called ‘pro life’ 8th Amendment in 1983 and the rejection of divorce in 1986. (The latter was reversed in 1995, the former hopefully in 2018.)

Kieran Rose, Chris Robson, Phil Moore and Suzy Byrne outside Dáil Eireann, celebrating the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1993
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About GCN

We’re celebrating 30 years of GCN this month, that’s three decades and 340 issues of Ireland’s beloved queer magazine, and what a time of incredible change for LGBT+ people in Ireland our pages have documented over that time! In this very special issue, with a cover specially created by artist Will St Leger, 30 columnists remember 30 moments that changed Ireland of 30 years. From decriminalisation to marriage equality, and everything in between, there’s a lot of reading and a lot or reminiscing in this bumper collector’s edition. It’s literally everything you ever wanted to know about queer Ireland. Dig in now and get reading!

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