It is trendy to write or have an autobiography written about your life, even when you’re not half-way through it. Athletes or former athletes, for instance, but also former politicians and self-proclaimed Dutch celebrities have the tendency to do this. Trend watcher and explicit gay man Adjiedj Bakas (1963) now joins their ranks.
Entertainment from the Bottom of the Heart. On the second and third of May the Amsterdam drag queen Miss Donna-Ray Jones will present a completely new show at Restaurant Adam & Siam. Under the all-embracing title “Don’t Feed the Drag Queens” the diva presents a finger-licking fabulous performance.
In the course of 2019, several Sexual Health clinics and HIV treatment centres in the Netherlands will start recruiting participants for a new self-test project. They will ask men who have sex with men and transgender people to distribute free HIV self-tests.
This year, the traditional Amsterdam Bear Weekend (ABW) will take place March 21-25. As in previous years, it promises to be a relaxed event full of togetherness, conviviality and a touch of horniness. Events in The Web, Prik and the Bear-Ball in Panama will guarantee an unforgettable weekend.
Early November, the first collection of short stories by Norbert Splint was presented at the VOC Café de Schreierstoren in Amsterdam. We should fear the worst if we go by the title of the book “Dood kind” (Dead child). And indeed: children are born lifeless or barely make it to secondary school, after which they tend to be suicidal.
Mr Bear Netherlands 2018, Kenan Sakalli (40), is a special one, as he is also Muslim. His coming out resulted in a family quarrel, after which he received death threats. But he did not let himself be pushed back into the closet and enthusiastically devoted himself to his duties as Mr. Bear. He occasionally speaks at Secret Garden. His motto: being gay means being true to yourself.