In an interview with Dutch newspaper “Het Parool,” Bram van Montfoord, the twenty-six-year-old author of “Een jaar offline” [Offline for a Year] states that at first, he thought it was “incomprehensible” that “he did not download any porn during those last days before January 1, 2012.” As the title of his recently published book indicates, the author lived without a computer and a mobile phone for a year. Later on in the interview, the charming student, who went online again on the first of January 2013 says: “Like a madman, I started listing to music on Spotify [...] and visiting porn sites. I wanted more, more, more!”
Dear Neighbors to the North, Ever since Francis took office, the holy man keeps appearing in the media. With no shortage of superlatives. Supposedly he is a mediator, someone who is taking up the gloves to take on the internal battle with the conservatives in the Catholic Church, the pope that will give the Church a new and modern élan.
Everyone knows about the erotic art sensation “Tom of Finland,” but do we know about the man behind Tom of Finland? His name is Touko and there is a new movie in the making about Touko in 1971 before he became the master in so many erotic drawings, although he started his career as an gay erotic artist already in 1957 with the first of many cover drawings for Bob Mizer’s magazine “Physique Pictorial.”
At the moment, our focus is on the developments in the Russian Federation. But Putin’s homophobia does not only have to do with the influence of the Russian Orthodox Church. Stalin’s legacy plays an equally important part. Just as Hitler put a stop to the comparatively tolerant attitude towards homosexuality in the Weimar Republic, Stalin put a stop to the last remnants of freedom after the October revolution of 1917.
The Aids Fonds, the Hiv Vereniging Nederland, the Dutch Association of HIV-treating Physicians, and Soa Aids Nederland come with a univocal advice on condom usage for regular partners with an unequal HIV status. The general advice to use condoms remains in place. But when certain specific conditions are met, regular partners may choose to leave out condoms.
Research shows that the risk of the partner with HIV transmitting the virus is (extremely) low when he or she is successfully treated with HIV inhibitors.
“In the early eighties, Amsterdam was hit by HIV/AIDS. At the time, I was working as the head of the Health department of the Public Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD). I was very involved with all the developments in this area, and have seen the disastrous consequences of this infectious disease. Antiretrovirals only became available in 1996. Before that time, an HIV/AIDS diagnoses meant a death sentence. In the early years, a lot of young people died of HIV-related illnesses. These were anxious times with some very disruptive problems. A memorial can serve as a way for the bereaved to remember their loved ones.”
Unique in the The Hague district: a men’s sauna that is opening its doors to both men and women on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. From that same date onwards, Sauna Blue River in The Hague will have two special theme nights.
The sales exhibition “Nus Masculins” can be seen until November 30 at the Parisian gallery Au Bonheur du Jour, rue Chabanais 11. It shows pictures from the period 1870-2013, and paintings and drawings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These works present the male body and male nudity in many different ways. The range of images varies from academic studies in which models are depicted for painters and sculptors to images of sportsmen that were popular at the end of the nineteenth century.
STOP AIDS NOW! is proud of the fact that this year again, two top designers have designed ArtBags for the organisation! The unique bags are designed by Jean Paul Gaultier and Otazu, and will be launched at the end of November.
This year, after last year’s very successful first edition, the Pink Christmas Market will again take place. From November 25 until December 25, the premises of the “Sparkasse KölnBonn” on the Mauritiuswall, corner Schaafenstraße will change into a colorful “Christmas Avenue.”
Architect Cees Dam opened the exhibition “Dolly Bellefleur, My Muse” in the Stopera, Amsterdam’s city hall.
This series of paintings reveals the influence a muse has on the work of an artist, and can be visited till December 6.
The Zóciëteit, the society to make new friends outside of the bar scene, moves to a new place in the Claverhuis, 70 Elandsgracht, Amsterdam. On November 15 the society has an Open House where it presents itself to anyone interested with a discussion about “social media.”