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modern anthem 001 Charting The Songs We Love So Well

Ten years ago, ‘Standing In The Way Of Control’ became a mega-hit, turning queer-underground American rockers Gossip, and lead singer Beth Ditto into mainstream stars. It’s a queer anthem that’s more relevant than ever, says

The rock band with the self-assured frontwoman is often a bright spot in the hyper male rock world. From Blondie’s Debbie Harry to Shirley Manson in Garbage, these are stars that often give queer music fans a starting point to find themselves.

Then there’s Gossip with its out and proud queer front-woman Beth Ditto, who this month finally releases her debut solo album, Fake Sugar. Her time in Gossip has cemented her legacy. In 2006 Gossip’s track ‘Standing in the Way of Control’ turned the band into stars, but what makes the song such a queer classic? And does the track have a legacy in an era where ‘resist’ is the new buzzword?

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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...