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SAFE SPACE

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Andi lugged the bin bags off the Drimnagh platform at 15:08. It was her customary journey, but this Friday was the worst by far, for where would she keep these bags? The blood? Herself?

As a temporary solution, she chose not to bleed over taxpayers’ commute cushions and dropped into the lighter bin bag.

The usual stream-of-consciousness ensued: she’d finally purchase a set of bags that could actually be classed as luggage. No, she didn’t need suitcases, because she would not go through this fiasco again. She needed a home, one without visiting hours, perhaps even a flushable toilet. Andi’s mind relished upon this stable utopia as her head leaned against a window, her pulsing temples soothed by the buzz from the tracks below.

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Welcome to our December issue where we discuss all things health and wellbeing, taking a look at issues which affect the community physically, mentally and sexually. There’s a stunning photo series celebrating the male form away from toxic masc-for-masc culture from photographer Steven Peice who also captured the cover image. A young trans man shares the journey abroad he had to take to avail of top surgery, while members of Intersex Ireland speak about the prejudice they overcame. We dispel shame and bizarre myths about the menopause while the disturbing subject of bi erasure gets a much-needed feature. There’s a discussion about the place of corporations in the LGBT+ community and author and former president of the NGF, Eamon Somers, recounts his career. In a GCN first, we proudly premier our very first piece of original fiction with a short story from an exciting new writer. With the topic of health and wellbeing in mind and recent events at Loughlinstown, it’s time to get out in the streets to support our trans family. No more waiting lists! Enjoy the issue.