Holding History

March 2023

Welcome to the February/March edition of GCN! 2023 marks our 35th anniversary, so that beautiful cover by Hazel Coonagh shows Tonie Walsh holding the very first issue, a piece of history carefully removed from the archives.

We reprint an exceptional piece on the birth of the modern Dublin Pride movement, ignited by the release of Declan Flynn’s killers. Director Laura Poitras opens up on her documentary showing the battle between artist Nan Goldin and the Sackler family. LGBTQ+ designers talk about the connection queer folk have to fashion, as Queer Asian Pride Ireland share a conversation with a lesbian of Iranian descent, while Edmund Lynch, one of the founders of the Sexual Liberation Movement, is highlighted.

Robbie and Veda from Poz Vibe talk shattering HIV stigma and we highlight club nights catering to LGBTQ+ women.

Did you know that St Brigid is a queer icon? Well, you’re about to, while elsewhere, the power of sexual fantasies are brought to the fore. The joy of platonic relationships is espoused, and an important change to how ‘next of kin’ is addressed could have a huge impact. Tina Kolos Orban, CEO of TENI, calls for trans visibility, there’s a terrific opinion page from a young lesbian about identifying as butch, and the new NXF chair, Anna Nolan, fills us in on her hopes for what’s ahead.

As we close, we want to say thank you to our beloved readers for helping us reach the 35-year milestone. Here’s to the next 35!

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