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This month, we would like to take the opportunity to say “Míle Buíochas” to Brian Finnegan, who is leaving GCN after 16 years of dedicated service to GCN and the community that it serves. GCN has provided a voice and a connection for LGBT people in Ireland and abroad for over 30 years, and Brian has been instrumental in representing our diverse range of issues and viewpoints, and in steering GCN through many challenges and changes.

Thank you Brian for growing GCN to what it is today. As Ireland has gone through momentous change, GCN has evolved, so that last year we celebrated GCN30 with a redesign and an award-winning digital product. More people are connected by GCN than ever before and it is a crucial resource for all groups in our community.

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Editoral
After almost 16 years editing my beloved GCN, this is my final editor’s letter. I’m walking of towards new horizons, leaving behind a decade and a half of work in what I’ve always believed is one of the most important services for LGBTQ+ people in this country
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Feature
20 years ago Garbage were a pop culture sensation at the peak of their commercial powers. One of their early singles, ‘Queer’, set out their stall as a bold, forward-thinking band which would go on to build a huge LGBT+ following.
As a new year in pop music begains, the album format continues to endure.
What’s keeping Stephen Boylan up at night this month?
Feature
‘Brexit Means Brexit’, but what exactly does it mean for the LGBT+ community? Aoife Moriarty speaks to people at home and abroad about their Brexit concerns and what they hope happens next
Feature: Travel
For a time, it was said Ireland’s biggest export was its young people. For many in the LGBT+ community, Ireland was too small for them to really be open about their sexuality, and they let to become the people they already were in countries that could ofer more. While circumstances have changed, many still leave home for work, love, or adventure. Here we proile Irish people who have made their lives abroad, but also, the new members of our Irish queer family, who have travelled across the globe and found a new home in Ireland
With the Dublin International Film Festival gearing up to hit our screens, we’ve done the hard work for all you lovers of quality queer cinema. Diving into their vast selection of ine licks, we’ve emerged with our picks to help you get your LGBTQ+ cinema ix
Feature: Community
Living in Northern Ireland during the 30 months since UK voters took the decision to leave the European Union has been an exceptionally frustrating experience
Living away for the irst time can be nerve-wracking. Like many Irish students, I was heading to Vancouver in the hopes of having the summer of a lifetime
With the modern-day professional pressure to always be ‘on’, it doesn’t leave much time for self relection. Lisa Connell tells of how checking in to a weekend retreat helped her check back in with herself
A friend said to me before, “When people talk about going on foreign holidays because there’s nothing to do in Ireland, they just aren’t looking properly”
Sometimes it takes thinking like a tourist to see your city for the gem it is
Feature: Opinion
Queer writer and artist Scottee discusses making political art, the need to battle Brexit fatigue and how it is marginalised communities who always seem to bear the brunt. Photos by Brian Teeling
Describing itself as a ‘fat rebellion’, Scottee and friends bring their show ‘Fat Blokes’ to Dublin’s Project Arts Centre in February
Feature: Conversation
Despite increasing acceptance from society, LGBTI+ people still sufer greatly from feelings of isolation. Chris O’Donnell speaks to members of the community about why loneliness is such a big part of the queer experience
With an ever increasing number of homophobic attacks in Guatemala, Eimhin O’Reilly speaks to one of the people at the front line in the battle against bigotry
Community chest
As the NXF (National LGBT Federation) celebrates its 40th birthday, its Chairperson, Caroline Keane, looks back on her own journey and forward to a landmark year for the Federation
Sara R Phillips is the Chair of TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland). Sara speaks here about the rights of trans young people and the necessity for trans voices to be at the centre of discussions about the community