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It may be the era of prestige TV but my weekly dose of reality shows is the balm my head needs. The sledgehammer subtlety of reality TV storytelling thankfully doesn’t require following intricate storytelling, making it perfect for switching off.

It has its place as a specific genre of TV and though it’s an easy target for scorn (I’m thinking of one Irish journalist who wrote a whole column on how bad Love Island was while admitting he’d never watched it) it’s also often very enjoyable.

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About GCN

Welcome to a very special edition of GCN. With International Women’s Day on March 8, we decided to celebrate the female-identifying members of our queer family with a host of interviews, features and opinion pieces. There’s an amazing photo set with Pillow Queens, while the ultimate frontwoman - Skin from Skunk Anansie - talks 25 years in the business. There’s a look back at the lesbian nightlife scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s, while writer and director Kate Dolan stopped by to talk all things horror. There’s an urgent and essential piece about the treatment of women in online spaces and a hard-hitting report on LGBT+ killings in Brazil. We highlight the inspiring new queer wave in the Irish student movement and Ellen Murray from TENI, the trans rights and disability rights advocate, tells us about her journey. It’s a great one, people!