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  • 06 Mar 2013

    The poet laure-hate

    That's us told right here! Ridiculousy bad rap poet lays it down on us gays and why we a-bom-in-ate.

    P.S. People sometimes say that God has the best architects and artists, usually when looking at some amazing church or the Sistine Chapel ceiling or something. But actually, God never had great artists. Money and power did. It wasn't the love of God that painted great Renaissance masterpieces it was love of Medici cash. And that's never more clear than now-a-days when God has nothing but the most dreadful artists. Every modern church is filled with the most banal shite - dreary mosaics, painfully dull tapestries, crap stained glass windows - and if YouTube has taught me anything it's that Christians are horrible musicians and even worse poets. Though I guess the Devil always got the good musicians, didn't he?


    gays | nuts | religion poisons everything
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  • 01 Mar 2013

    25 years of GCN

    A look at 25 years of Ireland's gay community's magazine.


    gays | ireland | media
    Comments 0

  • 21 Feb 2013

    It was the gays wot done it

    Well done us!

    According to an Italian newspaper report it was a report about the influence of a "gay lobby" in the Vtican that was the final straw for Her Majesty the Pope.

    I bet this seminarian was involved. Remember him? He clutched his pearls when that crazy woman made a lunge for Elle Papa a few years ago. I can't find the video online anymore. I wonder where she is now? I mean the seminarian, not the crazy old lady.


    religion poisons everything | gays
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  • 20 Feb 2013

    Glitz is on the move

    I see Dublin's longest running club night, Tueday stalwart Glitz (which is coming up on it's tenth birthday soon, no small feat in club land) is moving venue. If it were any other club I'd worry, because it's not easy to move venues, but Glitz has proved remarkably resilient, and if memory serves me right, it's new home in Sin in Temple Bar will be it's third (fourth?) in those ten years. It's been based in Dandelion on Stephen's Green for the last three years, but promotor Declan McGreggor tells me it's time to move back into the thick of things. Good luck to Declan and the rest of the Glitz gang in their new home.


    clubbing | dublin | gays
    Comments 0

  • 14 Feb 2013

    So God made a gay man

    I wish all the gays were this fabulous, but still, the gist is nice.


    gays | videos | ideas | ads
    Comments 1

  • 28 Jan 2013

    Homophobic incident in Spar Dame Street?

    The "gay" Spar on the corner of Dame St and Georges St, less than ten yards from The George and slap bang in the middle of gay-town, is at the centre of an allegation of homophobic assault that is quickly going viral on the internet after being posted to Spar Ireland's Facebook page. Spar hasn't responded on their page yet but they'd want to do so soon because it's already creating a lot of anger online.


    dublin | gays
    Comments 6

  • 22 Jan 2013

    Anti-gay Muslims harass a guy for being a "fag" in a "Muslim area" of London

    This is pretty shocking. It's already been flagged by YouTube so it may not be up for much longer. Another example of religion poisoning people. And of course the assholes of the Iona Institute here would say they condem stuff like this, while ignoring the fact that their own rhetoric also breeds this kind of poison. They're just better at hiding it.

    But seeing this happen in London, perpetrated by a minority group (against whom the very same "arguments" could be made, but they are too blind or ignorant to join the dots) and gleefully posted to the internet with pride, is pretty shocking.


    religion poisons everything | gays | london
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  • 10 Jan 2013

    Want to win an iPad Mini and help out GCN at the same time?

    GCN are doing a readership survey. It only takes a couple of minutes to do, and you could win an iPad Mini so sure you might as well. It's right HERE.


    gays | media
    Comments 0

  • 28 Dec 2012

    "Fabulous Fags of the Steambath"

    This clip is pretty jaw-dropping. It's from a 1973 TV adaptation of an off-Broadway play called Steambath, and in it, Bill Bixby (80's tv The Hulk) gets a gay eyeful in a sauna. Outrageous! 

    Tandy (Bill Bixby), Merideth (Valerie Perrine) and assorted others unexpectedly wake up in a steambath with no easy exit. After spending some time there, it becomes clear that the steambath is a sort of Afterlife, where indifferent souls come to tell their stories to God who happens to be the attendant picking up the towels.

    (via kenneth in the 212)


    tv | gays | musicals | people
    Comments 0

  • 13 Dec 2012

    Wy do gays hate other gays?

    This short documentary on young (in this case New York, but it's relevant here too) gays and gay identity touches on some of the things I was thinking about when I wrote the piece below for the November issue of GCN.

    (thanks Brendan)

    By the time you read this (barring some unforeseen event like Zayn from One Direction asking me to marry him in a hastily organised but tasteful ceremony) I will be enjoying the hot summer rays of Australia’s antipodean sun while you lot endure our bracing November. I’m off down under for almost a month, and first stop is Tasmania where I’ll be bringing my old-lady glamour to the 20th annual Tas Pride festival.

    I’m performing at a number of events and what strikes me reading the programme of this festival from the very other side of the world, is not how exotic or foreign it seems, but rather how very familiar it all seems. There are club nights, a dyke night, cabaret shows, film screenings, a memorial service, a gay history walking tour, drag queen bingo, a river boat party cruise (just like Galway Pride), and of course a parade. Indeed, it’s not just familiar - it’s pretty much identical to our own Pride celebrations. Or Manchester’s or Paris’ or Stockholm’s or Boston’s, or Buenos Aires’s for that matter. Of course we’d expect to find much in common with a town in Australia, another English speaking Western democracy and former British colony, but Pride celebrations around the world are very similar to each other. I’ve been to the Pride parade in Tokyo and apart from the weather, the sallow skin, and the glossy black hair you’d be hard pressed to tell it apart from Cork’s parade. If I didn’t know better I’d swear I actually saw the very same drag queens. Or the same wigs at least.

    Globalisation isn’t restricted to gay culture of course - more and more all around the world we eat the same burgers, we watch the same movies, we listen to the same Rihanna, and we wear the same skinny jeans we bought in the same Top Shop until it’s hard to tell Henry St from Foreign Street.

    But arguably gay culture, and gay identity, is more globalised than even youth culture. This is hardly surprising. Gay culture as we know it (that developed post Stonewall, post liberation movement) appeared and developed in a modern world of jet travel, tv, and later the internet – the very agents of globalisation. My own first memories of being aware of a gay world outside my own small-town-Ireland are almost all from TV: glimpses of gay liberation in San Francisco on Whicker’s World, or swishy queens on British sitcoms. And as I grew older I read books like Larry Kramer’s Faggots which introduced me to a mind-boggling world of pre-AIDS gay hedonism, and as I got older still and started to travel I visited cities with vibrant gay communities and discovered drag queens in sequins and dykes in Birkenstocks and “clones” in work boots, and lipstick lesbians and hairy bears and all the other clichés and stereotypes that go into making a recognisable culture, an identity, that I and all the other Irish queers took home with us and created our own version, an Irish gay identity that’s more gay than it is Irish.

    And it’s an identity I have embraced ever since - proudly, consciously, and when I was younger, with relief. Because in many ways, the previous labels that had been applied to me – Irish, culchie, middle class, Catholic, arty… -   never felt comfortable on me. Sure, of course I was Irish, but I was never interested in most of the things that were considered essential to a young man’s Irishness – Gaelic football, Manchester United, U2…  and at times I felt my very Irishness was called into question. Even my unusual accent, a product of my particular Irish upbringing, was a cause for suspicion. I often felt a kind of kinship with the dwindling Anglo-Irish Protestant community of my small town, because their Irishness too was often called into question because they didn’t tick all the arbitrary “Irish” boxes.

    But no one ever doubted my gayness. Here was an identity that not only felt right, but was also one that I had found for myself and not had thrust upon me.

    But embracing one’s gay identity so enthusiastically is sometimes derided by other gays, an attitude which seems to be becoming more prevalent. Ironically, one of the places you see it most clearly expressed is on gay dating websites like Gaydar or Grindr where it’s amazing how many men are eager to impress upon you that they just “happen to be gay” but “don’t make a big deal about it” and that “neither should you” if you are going to contact them ‘cos they’re just a “regular guy” and being gay “comes pretty far down that list” of important things about them, etc etc etc. In the bold new (old) straight-acting world ‘gay’ is not an identity to be proud of. It’s not an identity at all.

    But I call bullshit. Your sexuality colours who you are every day, much more dramatically than, say, the accidental place of your birth. Sex is one of the driving forces of our lives and your sexuality influences everything about you, from how you interact with people to which movies you like. It’s influence is much more profound in a myriad of ways than your nationality. And yet, staking your identity on your Irishness is more acceptable than doing so on your sexuality.

    But the truth is, for me anyway, I feel as gay as I do Irish. In fact, I often feel more gay than Irish.

    And so what?


    gays | ideas
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