"Pride started as a protest", one often hears, but what many people forget is that Pride is still a protest in many countries. In Georgia, for instance, where activists tried to organize a Pride and were confronted with violence, gangs of heavies, counter demonstrations, right-wing groups, the Orthodox Church, and an opposing government.
On June 28, 1969, the police raided the gay bar the Stonewall Inn. Raids were not uncommon then, and while the visitors usually went peacefully, they opposed the cops that evening. It was the beginning of a few days of violent riots that many see as the beginning of the fight for gay rights.
It is around five o’clock on Sunday afternoon when we are riding the tube and are told that it will no longer depart. Problems with the doors. Apparently, they are not closing. O well, we’ll just have to walk the last stop. Modern times, eh?
On paper, the Netherlands is an LGBTI-friendly country, but in practice, LGBTIs do not all feel free to be who they are. This is the conclusion of a survey by TV News programme EenVandaag among three thousand LGBTIs.
Astrid Oostenburg, President of gay interest group COC Netherlands, and Philip Tijsma (Chairman of COC's working group Politics) called on the Dutch government and parliament to anchor gay rights in the constitution in an open letter. Their letter appeared in the national newspaper Trouw.
The underwear brand Comfyballs originates in Norway. Motivated by the lack of functionality and innovation in men’s basics underwear, Comfyballs started in 2012 with the development of exclusive men’s underwear, as most men’s underwear is boring and generally has limited functionality.
This Pride was the toughest delivery ever. To save Pride Amsterdam from ruin and to safeguard it for the future, we had to solve more problems with a small team than the municipality could handle. But we succeeded and also organized the most substantive Pride ever. I therefore dedicate this column to my dream team. I love you guys!
Dear Neighbors to the North, Anyone who has ever visited Brussels and stepped out near the Kolenmarkt, where most of the gay bars are, may have seen the beautiful mural by the Cologne gay comics artist Ralf König.
Great weather to sail and a relaxed atmosphere, the 2019 edition of the Canal Parade was amazing. This year's entire route was now marked a Festival, so it would not be bothered by noisy boaties and other objects.
At the beginning of August, it was that time of the year again: a colorful collection of boats during Pride Amsterdam set sail. With a new set of rules. These were controversial: the general opinion seemed to be that it would be the end of Pride. I totally agree with the new approach: in recent years, the Pride has increasingly become a party for the spectators.