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This month we’re having words about…

The Trouble With Oliver

Water Cooler Chatter

So, impersonator Oliver Callan got our queer ire up this month, writing in the Cork Pride programme about his late coming out (aged 31), and saying that straight people can never fully understand what it means to be gay. That might be true, but never one not to labour a point to the point of offence, Ollie put it like this: “The breeders just don’t get it, even if they try.” The Facebook comments came quick and fast when we put the story out on, the general consensus being that ‘breeders’ is a pretty offensive term, while gay and trans people actually reproduce, so plenty of ‘breeders’ actually do get it.

It’s not the first time Oliver has been in trouble with the gays. In fact he came out amid accusations of homophobia, particularly after he impersonated David Norris saying the reason ex-GAA player turned designer, Paul Galvin was such a fashion expert was because of all his years spent in the closet. Straight man, Galvin went loco, and Callan responded by throwing open his own closet doors at last.

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In this issue of GCN Róisín McVeigh explores the changing representation of lesbians on the big screen against the background of GAZE's screening of the controversial Below Her Mouth; Toryn Glavin argues that The Crying Game has a ring of trans truth; Editor Brian Finnegan explore Ireland's LGBT+ community's paradoxical relationship with An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar; Tributes are paid to two beloved LGBT activists, Ann Loiuse Gilligan and Dave Roach, by those who loved them most; Legendary queer photographer Nan Goldin and feminist filmmaker Vivienne Dick sit down with Mary Nally to discuss queerness, mythomaniacs and much else. And of course, there's much more to explore...