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From The Editor

2018 is a big year for GCN, in that it turns 30, making it the oldest surviving free LGBT+ magazine in Europe. It’s no mean feat in an industry that’s been in flux since the dawn of the digital age, and for a publication that’s aimed at a relatively small niche living on this small island.

Although it’s changed and grown considerably since issue one was published in 1988, there’s a straight line through from then until now that is core to GCN’s longevity – its relationship to its readers.

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