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Digital Subscriptions > GCN > 340 > THE DECADE OF ‘THE CRYING GAME’


In 1993 audiences were shocked at the twist in the final reel of Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game, which told them that all along, unbeknownst to them, they’d been watching a queer love story unfold. IRA member Fergus (Stephen Rea) promises a kidnapped British soldier in his custody that he’ll visit his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson) in London. When Fergus flees to the city, he seeks her out and so begins a gently unfolding romance. The twist? Dil is a pre-op trans woman, a fact that Fergus (and the audience) discovers when the two get together in the sack, so essentially it sneaks its queerness in the back door.

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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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