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Is GCN Relevant?
 
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# 1 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 16:25
 
 
This has been on my mind for a few weeks so I decided to see what others thought.

For as long as I can remember, I've thought that GCN was an important part of our community that will always be around. But then I just thought one day, is it really needed?

Most people coming out now don't seem to turn to GCN for their first step into the community; they use forums like Gaire, QueerID or the various ones around the country. The forums give you more direct contact with actual gay people and, because they're online, can be updated much more instantly with gay news and events.

Before the internet, GCN really was the only source of information and outreach for a young gay person. But now, it seems to have lost its relevance.

So I don't think you can argue that it works for outreach purposes much anymore. What about purely as a magazine. Well I never read it. I asked a few of my friends and they all said the same thing. They pick it up in Flounge or Panti, flick through it and leave it there. Do you read it? Cover to cover? An important question is, would you buy it if it wasn't free? I certainly wouldn't and I don't think many would.

Before anyone starts, I'm not saying that GCN isn't a good organisation. I think they did great work in the past and was really needed then. But that is the past. Maybe it's time to move on? Think of all the funding that has been raised by GCN Forever and the donations they continue to get. Imagine if that funding was given to outreach organisations that seem to be more effective (like Gaire, for instance!) or to charities that help the community in other, vital ways like GMHP.

Maybe it's time to move on and put the resources that GCN have into something that would be more relevent.


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# 2 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 16:33
 
 
No. I like it. I often pick it up and even enjoy some of the articles. Personally, if it was on sale and the price was reasonable I would buy it.
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# 3 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 16:40
 
 
Without GCN you're left with two glossys from Britland that only occasionally acknowledge the existence of Eire . Is this what Robert Emmett died outside the GPO for in 1937? Is it really?
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# 4 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 17:36
 
 
Since GCN dropped its pages on LGBT activism around the world and concentrated on cosmetics and other frippery I've found it less and less relevant. I'd like them to get back to being a gay activism / political magazine and not just a lifestyle advertorial.
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# 5 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 17:44
 
 
I'd like them to run a column by me. The Thoughts of Chairman Dollimixture . It would be a great success and act as a counterbalance to some of the current contributors.
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# 6 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 17:48
 
 
I find that the back pages where they list the clubs and groups around the country to be the most useful bit of it. I pick it up when I'm in Panti and have a look through it when I'm waiting for someone to arrive. I'm not sure I'd regularly pay for it if it was sold.

I could see me purchasing it every few months to see if any new groups have started up
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# 7 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 18:32
 
 
No - I think GCN is a pretty good LGBT publication and Ireland would be the poorer without it. There is still a need for a tangible, printed LGBT publication in this country.

I do think it needs to get more back to basics with less on the glossy "gay lifestyle" stuff and more on reporting gay rights news from around the world and LGBT advocacy and activism.
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# 8 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 19:50
 
 
It's all a bit Tom Ford these days isn't it? But maybe that's what the kids want to read. It wouldn't hurt to have more international coverage but they don't have the big social-welfare funded team they had in the past.
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# 9 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 20:02
 
 
See, I totally get why they've moved away from gay rights news and focus more on lifestyle and celebrity shit. They can't keep up to date with gay activism news. As soon as something happens, it's been discussed at length on here and the hundreds of other gay forums and news sites online. So they don't bother putting content in that will be old news before it'll even go to press. They just take the easy way out and focus on haircare tips and the like.

Imagine if GCN put in the news story about the Cork students. No one would care by the time the magazine comes out. No one cares anymore three days later. It's a lose-lose situation for GCN.

But this, to me, shows that it is failing. Why should we keep donating money to something that doesn't work anymore when lots of other organisations, (belongto, gmhp, etc etc etc) could do with the money far more? I just can't see any point in it as it stands. If it went to a paid publication and put more and better articles in it (as in Attitude and so on) then I probably would buy it. But as it stands now? It's in this limbo and it's just not working.
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# 10 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 20:09
 
 
The rare few times that I pick it up I put it back down again, it just doesn't grab the attention any more. I wonder if it tried to do something original, like short stories would more people actually want to read it for something.
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# 11 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 20:12
 
 
Someone said :
The rare few times that I pick it up I put it back down again, it just doesn't grab the attention any more. I wonder if it tried to do something original, like short stories would more people actually want to read it for something.

I think the one thing that would actually make most people take it would be to devote half the magazine to scene pictures. At the minute there's only 1-2 pages of it but it is the only thing I make sure to check out every month.

That said, I also don't like the idea of a community magazine dedicated to promoting club nights. So, again, I wonder if it's time to move on.
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# 12 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 20:21
 
 
Someone said :

I do think it needs to get more back to basics with less on the glossy "gay lifestyle" stuff and more on reporting gay rights news from around the world and LGBT advocacy and activism.

Without the gay lifestyle stuff they wouldn't have the money to publish the magazine.
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# 13 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 20:22
 
 
It's reduced to being a community magazine. (well, you know what I mean)
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# 14 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 20:23
 
 
Someone said :

Without the gay lifestyle stuff they wouldn't have the money to publish the magazine.

But apart from the odd short interview piece, the lifestyle stuff is all it is nowadays. And it's all very uninspiring lifestyle stuff too.
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# 15 : Friday 26-8-2011 @ 20:27
 
 
The pro-GCN people seem to be saying that we need a print publication for LGBT in Ireland. And I agree. But is GCN really that publication? As it stands now, and as it's been consistently for the past 4-5 years, is it relevent?

I don't think so. And I really don't think we should settle for second best for the sake of saving an LGBT publication. It should be better and more relevent or not 'be' at all.
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