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The Belfast rape trial points towards a society where young people are not sexually educated to hold on to what’s right for them as individuals.

Manipulation & Consent

I’ve just watched Derren Brown’s show The Push on Netflix and had quite a visceral response to watching someone manipulated into betraying their own ethics, humanity and social conscience to the extent that they are ‘pushed’ into committing murder. Of course, this is the whole point of the show, which manipulates us, the audience, in turn. It’s a Trump-era warning à la the 1960s Milgram Obedience Experiments, which explored how ‘justified’ the defence of ‘following orders’ was to excuse responsibility for Nazi mass-murder.

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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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