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Mind Matters

A famous Indian yoga master, Swami Satyananda was once asked by an ardent follower how he might give up smoking. The yogi master’s reply came as something of a shock: “Don’t stop smoking – very bad for your health – creates tension in the mind. You must not stop smoking!”

He smiled as he saw the startled expressions of his listeners, and continued, “But, if you are going to smoke, then smoke! Be aware of the sulphur smell of the match, aware of the tobacco lighting. Draw a deep full breath to fill your lungs to capacity with smoke, feel the rush of the nicotine as it hits your bloodstream deep in your lungs and when you blow out, smell the contents of your previous meal mixed with burned tobacco.”

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This month, it's a very special edition of GCN as we celebrate our queer bodies and explore the crucial importance of self-acceptance. In our cover feature, 17 GCN readers bare all and talk to us about their relationships with their beautiful, unique physiques. Elsewhere, we offer some ideas and options for those hoping to turn over a new leaf in the new year. We also explore the meaning, and benefits of the oft-discussed but little understood concept of mindfulness. And of course, all the best community news, gossip, music, and much more!

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Editor’s Letter
With next year’s referendum on the eighth amendment, we’ll be revisiting the fight for Ireland’s socio-political future
I’m going to watch Game of Thrones. This was my
Fócal Up
We had a wonderful time at this month’s cover shoot
English synthpop duo Erasure have been working solidly for 32
Eyes, boots, bums, lips, limelight, bones and boobs — armed
December 9 saw the publication of a report detailing recommendations
RuPaul’s Drag Race fans – start your engines, because three
Having had one of GCN’s most interesting interviews ever with
The second episode of Q+A, GCN’s Queer and Alternative podcast
A moment will be marked in movie history next March
Hey Clair! For starters, tell us who your queer icon
UK Northern Ireland’s largest party, the DUP, has spent a
Stephen Boylan picks his queer reads of 2017, and what a lovely bunch of books they are…
Feature: Music
In 2000, when Peaches released her debut single, ‘Fuck The Pain Away’, she became an instant alt queer icon, but its exuberant two-ingers to heteronormative, patriarchal songs about sex is rooted in a truth she didn’t want to give away
Photo Feature
In a world where images of toned and muscled perfection are the norm, it’s hard to feel good about our bodies as they are. For this, our Health and Wellbeing issue, we put a call-out on Facebook for readers of all shapes and sizes to get naked and talk about their relationships with their bodies. We were more than surprised by the enormity and diversity of the response, and the shoot turned out to be a celebration of body positivity. Meet the gang who dared to bare all for GCN
New Year, New You
Looking to efect some positive change in your life come 2018? Here’s a cornucopia of queer options to be getting on with
Community Chest
A full house attended the LGBT Carol Service on December
The Gay Health Network (GHN) and HSE have put a
The HSE and Gay Health Network (GHN) have launched the
One half of beloved jazz-pop duo, Zrazy, Carole Nelson has branched out to write an album sumptuously steeped in the country life she and her partner, ex-GCN editor Deborah Ballard, let Dublin for 16 years ago. Mindfulness and meditation helped her step into her own, she says
No pecs, no sex – the culture of dating apps
This month Buddy Dimare has an extra nipple, and…