GCN launches new Pride 2023 merch collection full of stunning queer designs

After some spring cleaning, we hope you've made space in your closet for this fabulous new range of GCN apparel, launching just in time for Pride season.

Four product shots from the new GCN Pride 2023 collection.
Image: Babs Daly

Adding to our fab in-house apparel lines and the hugely popular PROTEST!, we’re back with a bang and ready to kit out your summer closet with our new Pride 2023 collection. Whether you’re looking for a powerful piece to rock during the Pride parade or something more fun and flirty for the dancefloor, this new range of incredibly queer merch featuring tees, tanks, totes and more has got you covered.

The fantastic designs by GCN’s favourite Dave Darcy are enough to turn heads, but a big shoutout also goes to the exceptionally talented Babs Daly and our array of stunning models for making the new line pop even more with these gorgeous product shots.

As a charity organisation, proceeds from the brand new Pride 2023 collection will help raise vital funds to enable GCN to continue as a free and accessible resource for LGBTQ+ people in Ireland and around the world. And what’s more, all this fabulous merch will also be available at Dublin Pride Hub at 44 Claredon Street, Dublin 2.

Like how that sounds? Head straight to our online shop to grab your favourite pieces, or if you want to learn a little more about what’s in store, read on to find out! 

GCN merch wouldn’t be the same without some queer statement tees, and this time around, we’ve got an even more vibrant selection to choose from. Boasting slogans for the Gaylgeoirs like “Cumhacht Aiteach” (Queer Power) and Queer Éire, keep the Irish queer spirit alive.

A model wearing queer GCN merch - a yellow t-shirt reading "Cumhacht Aiteach" 

With 2023 marking 50 years since the founding of the Sexual Liberation Movement in Ireland, 40 years since the Fairview March and 30 years since decriminalisation, we wanted to honour these anniversaries with some iconic protest pieces. Choose between two colours of the “Out of the Closet & Into the Streets” top, or wear the “Stop Violence Against Gays and Women” design, taken from the aforementioned 1983 Fairview March.


For those who love donning historic protest messages on their chest, have a look at our designs with messages like “Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist” and “Be Gay Do Crime”.


And because there has never been a more important time to stand up for our trans community, we’ve also got a new iteration of the incredibly popular “Protect Trans Youth” design as well as introducing “Trans Liberation Now” apparel.

Challenge the cis-heteronormative social and cultural structures with “Bin the Binary” and “Smash the Patriarchy”.


In addition to the new tees, for the first time ever, we also have tank tops helping to keep you cool for the summer. Whether you want to show the world that you’re “Out, Proud & Sound”, or you’d rather opt for the bolder “Be Gay Do Crime” slogan, these vests are must-haves this Pride season.

This collection also sees the return of the cap, featuring embroidered pink “Queer Éire” text. Another perfect piece for the sunnier seasons!

New "Queer Éire" cap from GCN merch collection.

We’ve also got four brand-new totes for you to choose from, including the strong “Smash the Patriarchy” bag.

"smash the patriarchy" tote bag and t-shirt from new queer GCN merch collection. "Trans Liberation Now" tote bag from queer GCN merch collection.

And wardrobe staples aren’t the only thing on offer! Spice up your room with a piece of queer history with a brand new print from our popular ‘GCN’s Classic Covers’ series.

Grab our set of six slogan stickers to add a queer stamp to your favourite stationery and gadgets.


Last but surely not least, with this Pride 2023 collection GCN has our first-ever notebooks in store. Start planning world domination in The Gay Agenda or keep up the good fight in our “Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist” notebook.


As always, it was very important to us that this collection be produced sustainably, so we are proud to say that all our tees, tanks and caps are vegan, cruelty-free and sweatshop-free, while our totes are part organic cotton and part recycled materials. Everything is printed locally in Dublin and is made using the finest organic fabrics and high-quality inks, ensuring products that will stand the test of time and wear.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to our online store now to view the full collection in all its colours! 

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