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Is GCN Relevant?
 
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# 121 : Wednesday 8-1-2014 @ 03:57
 
 
Someone said :

I think the plan is to phase out GCN

Really, I think the paper magazine could go to the wall as long as there is a good magazine-style website, and one that is actually engaged with the reality of LGBT Irish people's lives, not just GaGa gossip and twinky-winky lifestyle product shite.

Side note: Borstal is great. I tweet links to his articles whenever I spot them.
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# 122 : Wednesday 8-1-2014 @ 07:32
 
 
Someone said :

What makes you think that?

It looks alright on a mobile but on a pc the section titles are almost the same colour as the background so just don't look right.

Other than that, it's great.
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# 123 : Wednesday 8-1-2014 @ 19:46
 
 
Someone said :

Side note: Borstal is great. I tweet links to his articles whenever I spot them.

Agreed. I don't quite understand though why Borstal Boy seems to advocate freedom of speech for the Duck Dynasty but not for the Legion of Mary.
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# 124 : Wednesday 8-1-2014 @ 19:59
 
 
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Agreed. I don't quite understand though why Borstal Boy seems to advocate freedom of speech for the Duck Dynasty but not for the Legion of Mary.

There's a huge difference between the two situations and I didn't see any avocation of what the Duck guy said.
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# 125 : Thursday 9-1-2014 @ 08:50
 
 
I agree with Gollum. I think it actually looks more dated than it did before. And the layout isn't great at all. As far as I could see, there was only one problem in the previous site; that you had to go through a couple pages before you could read the current issue. And they still haven't fixed that, which is a shame because it is an easy issue to sort. The current issue link should be available right on the first page, on the banner if possible.

Also, I'm not a fan of the name. I actually thought it was outPost - which IMO would make more sense for a magazine - and thought there was some problem with their site. I don't think GCN is amazing but 'outmost'? Really?

And what the hell is up with the poll? 'Do you like our site? Hells yes. Its ok.' Where's 'no'?! That's actually typical GCN. It's just like their recent survey that only allowed you give positive answers. If they don't want feedback, why bother asking.
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# 126 : Thursday 9-1-2014 @ 08:55
 
 
Someone said :

Really, I think the paper magazine could go to the wall as long as there is a good magazine-style website, and one that is actually engaged with the reality of LGBT Irish people's lives, not just GaGa gossip and twinky-winky lifestyle product shite.

Side note: Borstal is great. I tweet links to his articles whenever I spot them.

Exactly. The only free magazine I ever made a point of picking up was 'Mongrel.' It was fantastic because of the opinion pieces and articles. Not a mention of Lady Gaga or lifestyle shit.

I'd love to see GCN/Outmost highlight their USPs more: Borstal's great columns, articles on gay life in Ireland, some interesting opinion pieces and stories. Look at the site and what's the first thing you see? Celebrity news that filled Twitter yesterday. BORING. Meanwhile, their unique, interesting articles are hidden away at the bottom of the page.

This rebrand could have done something actual radical and interesting but instead it's just a new (and shittier) website.
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# 127 : Monday 13-1-2014 @ 16:15
 
 
Good piece on GCN about Rory O'Neill's appearance on The Saturday Night Show.

On Saturday night Rory O’Neill – aka Ireland’s most famous drag queen, Miss Panti – was interviewed by Brendan O’Connor on RTE’s The Saturday Night Show. Much of the content of the interview was taken up with O’Neill growing up gay in the village of Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo, in the seventies and eighties, and the experiences of young gay men back then, but towards the end of the proceedings, the talk turned to certain newspaper columnists and media commentators and their rhetoric around gay issues. O’Neill mentioned the Iona Institute, the Irish Times’ Breda O’Brien and John Waters, and in the same breath used the word “homophobia”.

O’Connor said he knew Waters personally and that he wouldn’t use the word homophobe in relation to him, giving O’Neill a golden opportunity to talk about what homophobia actually is, an opportunity he grabbed with open arms.

He directly compared it to racism, saying that everyone’s a little bit racist, but that our best instincts get us to recognise this and try to alter our mindsets. Homophobia is exactly the same; everyone – even gay people – is a little bit homophobic. But because there is an underlying belief that racism and homophobia aren’t equal, lots of us, including Breda O’Brien, John Waters, Helen Lucy Burke, and more, give in to it. We don’t question our own homophobia as we might question our own racism; we don’t use our best instincts.

The idea that homophobia isn’t equal to racism is rooted in the lie that homosexuality is a ‘chosen lifestyle’. People can’t choose the colour of their skin, but they can sure choose who they sleep with. To some extent, this is true. We do choose who we sleep with. But we are born gay. As Macklemore and Ryan Lewis might say, we can’t change, even if we tried, even if we wanted to. And if we were to choose not to sleep with members of our own gender, never to experience that human love and intimacy we are born to desire, we would be choosing not to really live.

In 2009, when the film Bruno was released, John Waters and I ended up on The Pat Kenny Show to discuss it. Talking about how Sacha Baron Cohen goaded people into homophobic reactions in the film, John Waters said that homophobia didn’t really exist. I begged to differ, citing the hanging of two young gay men in Iran around that time as very real proof that it does. Saying that homophobia doesn’t exist is in itself homophobic.

Rory O’Neill was right when he told Brendan O’Connor that John Waters should just get out of his life. Waters should get out of all our lives, as should any other columnist or commentator who has the sad temerity to spread the homophobic word while people who were born gay do not have equal rights in our society, and are abused and disenfranchised because of this. Homophobia is as deep as racism, and it is the same as racism – no two ways about it.

O’Neill was also right to call homophobia for what it is. In the lead up to the Family Relationships and Children Bill this year, and next year’s referendum on same-sex marriage, there will be a lot of it about. There might be an argument against using the word – that the use of it will be leapt upon by our detractors and used against us, as it could have been leapt upon when Senator Norris was running for the presidency. But are we to stand back and let homophobes say what they want without naming and shaming them?

Would we do the same with overt racists? I don’t think so.

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# 128 : Monday 13-1-2014 @ 16:18
 
 
I find BorstalBoy's articles very interesting.
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# 129 : Sunday 28-9-2014 @ 21:29
 
 
Borstalboy has an article in this months GCN on Section 37.1
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# 130 : Sunday 28-9-2014 @ 21:38
 
 
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Borstalboy has an article in this months GCN on Section 37.1

Good article. Theres a bit of an inaccuracy at the start about the first protection being in 1993. Thats not quite correct. The 1989 prohibition of incitement to hatred actually offered protection too.
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# 131 : Sunday 28-9-2014 @ 22:29
 
 
Wow, I didn't realise GCN was still going.
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# 132 : Sunday 28-9-2014 @ 22:33
 
 
It's The Outmost online and GCN in print.
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# 133 : Sunday 31-5-2015 @ 21:15
 
 
The commemorative issue is disappointing.

22 pages -- more than half of the 38 editorial pages -- are given to fashion-shoot-style photos of and articles or paras by 12 of the core organisers and a few other key people (Norris, Panti, Zappone & Gilligan, O'Gorman and Mullally, and the chair of GCN's publisher). The core team members appear twice each in that.

Four pages are given to some other organisations. One of those raised €100k, arranged Mary McAleese's intervention, and organised the key contribution from a 23-member coalition of children's organisations that undid one of Iona's key planks (not that you'd know that organisation played a major role from GCN).

The foot soldiers on the ground are sent down to the back of the magazine in a series of cramped photographs on eight over-crowded pages that they share with advertising. And even then, the photo set of the local teams is incomplete -- GCN would have been easily able to get those photos via Yes Equality.

Not a single word about USI's brilliant campaigns in October and April to get students registered to vote (more than 20,000 in October-November nationwide; larger numbers in April in Dublin alone) and its campaign to get those voters out (and to get colleges to agree to reschedule exam timetables so the Friday afternoon would be free).

Zero stories from the front line or from any of the hundreds of new activists. (I'd have asked for 200 words from the gay man who canvassed outside Masses in Dungarvan, for example.)

It seems to me that the 'C' in GCN was relegated to an 'also ran'.
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# 134 : Monday 1-6-2015 @ 10:11
 
 
And to make it worse, Dublin Bay North is in as Bray North.
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# 135 : Monday 1-6-2015 @ 10:25
 
 
Someone said :
And to make it worse, Dublin Bay North is in as Bray North.

Mango was wondering who the new troops he'd never met were!!
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