Q+A is a monthly podcast from Ireland’s longest running LGBT+ magazine, GCN (Gay Community News) in which we get together with the queers and allies who grace our pages, from celebrities to activists, politicians to performers, and everyone in between.
11: Q&A: Gareth Thomas in conversation with Panti Bliss, a World AIDS Day special
Last night in Trinity College Dublin, Panti Bliss was in conversation with rugby star Gareth Thomas who shared his story growing up gay in Wales, coming out and his experience telling the world that he is living with HIV.
10: Q&A: Live from Call It Out - A Queer Perspective
GCN, in conjunction with TENI and the #CALLITOUT campaign, presented an evening of conversation exploring the complex and multifaceted nature of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia as experienced by LGBT+ people in today's Ireland. ‘Call It Out’ is a new civil society campaign to highlight and address the harm caused by homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Ireland. The campaign is being led by the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI) and the team from the Hate and Hostility Research Group at the University of Limerick.Despite recent positive changes for LGBT+ people in Ireland, many still experience harassment and intimidation simply because of who they are. The results of a survey conducted by HHRG showed that while only 36% of respondents believed that violence against the LGBT+ community is a serious problem in this country, it reported that in actuality, one in five, or 21% of those surveyed, have been punched, hit or physically attacked in public for being LGBT+. The panel of guests Ellen Murray, Brendan Courtney, Paddy Smyth - My Disabled Life and Shubhangi Karmakar spoke in conversation with the journalist and Author, Una Mullally.
9: Q&A: Live from MAYDAY The Fight To Save Our World
The world is in ecological crisis: we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown. This is an emergency.
As part of our inaugural Global edition of GCN, we got together with Extinction Rebellion in the Project Art Centre to host an evening of information, learning, conversation and action around what each of us can do to effect meaningful change to reverse the damage done to our planet.
Here is a flavour of the evening.
8: Q&A: a world AIDS Day special
Recorded in Smock Alley theatre, Panti Bliss and Professor Mulcahy discuss the legacy of three decades of AIDS activisim in Ireland to mark 30 years of World AIDS Day.
7: Peter Tatchell
This month’s Q+A is an unmissable, in-depth interview with legendary LGBT+ rights activist Peter Tatchell. One of the first out gay men to stand for election in Britain, Tatchell has been campaigning for human rights vociferously and courageously for nearly half a century.
Peter began his gay activism by joining the Gay Liberation Front in England in 1969, and was one of the organisers of the first Pride march in London in 1972\. In the 1990s he co-founded the gay rights direct action group, Outrage!, which was involved in the infamous ‘outing’ campaigns of the mid-90s. He attempted a citizen's arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1999 and again in 2001.
He’s campaigned on many different fronts, and often put himself in danger. In June he was detained in Russia after staging a one-man protest against Russia’s treatment of LGBT people, and most recently he’s been campaigning for compensation for gay men who were pardoned after being convicted under Britain’s laws against homosexuality. From human rights in Syria to Gaza, Iran to Russia, and across the globe, there is little that escapes Peter Tatchell’s attention, and action.
Here chats to Q+A’s Brian Finnegan about his life and times, and overcoming fear to put himself in harm’s way for other people’s human rights.
6: Sarah Schulman
In this episode of Q+A, GCN’s Queer and Alternative podcast, we meet the legendary American novelist, historian, playwright, and early chronicler of the AIDS crisis, Sarah Schulman. The author of 11 novels, six non-fiction books, and two plays, as an activist and organiser, Schulman joined ACT UP in 1987\. She co-founded the Lesbian Avengers, was a key organiser for the Irish Lesbian and Gay Organisation's efforts to march in the New York Saint Patrick's Day Parade; and with Jim Hubbard created the ACT UP Oral History Project.
“I’m super jet-lagged but maybe that will make me freer,” Sarah says as she sits down in our podcast studio with GCN editor, Brian Finnegan, to discuss (among a lot of other things) how coming from a holocaust family fused her love of writing and passion for activism together, the problem with religious fundamentalism in Trump’s America, activism in the age of the hashtag and the t-shirt, the growing criminalisation of HIV positive people across the world, and the possibility that her 30 year-old her lesbian detective novel, After Dolores may become a movie.
Music by Will St Leger and Faune
Fresh, fun and fascinating.
As a long time reader of GCN, it's so nice to hear their great interviews and discussions about Irish queer culture in this new format - the perfect accompanyment to an iconic magazine. Well done to the entire GCN team for putting it together!
Keep 'em coming!
Loved both of these podcasts! Entertaining and informative and quirky. More please!
Wonderful first episode. professional and fun. Looking forward to future episodes!