Proof: 30 Years of Gay Community News

Proof: 30 Years of Gay Community News
  June –
July 2018

Founding editor of GCN, Tonie Walsh speaking at the launch of Proof 30 Years of Gay Community News

Proof: 30 Years of Gay Community News

This year GCN (Gay Community News) celebrates 30 years as the national LGBT+ press – the oldest free not-for-profit publication, published by the LGBT+ community for the community, in the world. To mark this milestone, GCN will reflect on advances over the past three decades in PROOF: 30 YEARS OF GAY COMMUNITY NEWS, an exciting multi-media retrospective exhibition taking place in the Gallery of Photography in Meeting House Square during the Dublin Pride Festival.

The show will use archival material from GCN to tell the momentous story of community advancement, driven by activists who envisioned an Ireland where all people were equal. For this ambitious project GCN worked with the Community Foundation of Ireland for seed funding, and then raised over €10,000 through a crowdfunding drive with fundit.ie, reaching out to readers in the LGBT community.

Since the successful result of the marriage referendum, the LGBT+ community has achieved a level of acceptance that may have seemed a distant possibility for our early crusaders, but we shouldn’t forget, this year also marks only the 25th anniversary of decriminalisation. In the years before 1993, GCN was a lifeline for some, especially those in rural areas who had no other connection to LGBT+ life, a fact that continues even up to this day.

“Despite the advances in technology which allow LGBT people to communicate and connect in different ways, and major advances in equality legislation, GCN continues to be a vital resource in Ireland,” says editor Brian Finnegan. “Looking back over three decades, it’s clear how GCN shaped the conversation around LGBT issues in Ireland, and particularly in advance of the marriage referendum in 2015. It’s also fascinating to see how the diversity of lives and experience it has represented, and the positive mirror it’s held up to what was once an invisible community in this country.”

‘Proof: 30 Years of Gay Community News’ runs from June 22 to July 1 at The Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Dublin 2

Editor of GCN, Brian Finnegan is available for comment at (01) 675 5025/086 835 3775. Founding editor of GCN, Tonie Walsh is available for comment at [email protected]