Battle of the Bad Dates – stories that will make you value Valentine’s day loneliness

While many of us are itching to get out there and have some unsocially distanced fun times, here are some dating horror stories that would you make you think twice before going for a sneaky shift and drift. Compiled and edited by Niamh Browne   First Impressions: It was the first time I stayed at […]

Ten Tips to Write A Love Song

It is nice to love and be loved, so the fact that so many artists turn to love for inspiration is no surprise. While Nick Cave has described love songs as “a howl in the void”, they don’t really have to be that morbid. Love songs have the potential to be brilliant (Wichita Lineman). But […]

The Happiest Season: A Christmas Story of the Ghosts in our Closets

Resident Grinch and seasonally-tragic homosexual Alana Daly Mulligan reviews a Christmas movie about the struggles of coming out and coming to terms with yourself.   Christmas sucks balls, or baubles rather, and for many queer folks, it’s that most wonderful time of additional pressures. Maybe you’re bringing home a partner, planning on coming out, or […]

Bisexuality: Best of both worlds or the Pariah of the Queer Community?

As part of a special series of poems, essays and articles dedicated to St. Valentine’s, Mary De Martino lets us in on the tricky journey to figuring it all out.    When I was a child I always knew I was “different”. I always knew that I was attracted to boys, but also to girls, […]

Are Depression Memes Doing Us More Harm than Good?

One of my new year’s resolutions for this year is to break out of the habit of engaging with mental illness jokes or ‘depression memes’ on Twitter. We’ve been using dark and self-deprecating humour to cope with life’s difficulties for years, and even as a teenager I’d jokingly say “I want to die,” or “Kill […]

Talk helps but comprehensive therapy can be better

On Christmas Eve morning, when the cafes and restaurants were still open, I met a close friend from secondary school for a hot chocolate. In the midst of general catching up (work, family, pets), my friend mentioned that she had just started taking an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor). We’d chatted about this before, as […]