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The GLBTI culture in Rotterdam is flourishing again! The success of Rotterdam goes hand in hand with the re-emergence of its famous GLBTI scene. The return of various well-known GLBTI events, the increasingly busy street parties during Rotterdam Pride, the Eurovision Song Contest taking place here, and the fifth edition of Cocktail Fest, show that the city has once again become an attractive GLBTI destination.

feb 2020       
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Being unabele to agree among themselves on the position of the church on homosexuality, the leadership of the United Methodist Church (UMC) has proposed dividing the church. According to that proposal, the traditional part of the church will leave the UMC.

feb 2020       
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State Secretary Ankie Broekers-Knol (Asylum) has ordered a new study of the situation of LGBTI people in Iran. This is of great importance for LGBTI people from that country requesting asylum in the Netherlands. The State Secretary made this commitment to the Dutch Lower House mid-December during a debate on the Dutch asylum policy.

feb 2020       
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Bears and admirers beware: the Amsterdam Bear Weekend is coming up again. The 2020 edition (March 19-23) is, as always, a pleasant mix of wonderful encounters, great conversations and a bit of excitement and sensation as well.

feb 2020       
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On Saturday, February 22, The Web Amsterdam will host the Mister Sportswear 2020 election. The contest starts at 19:00 and will end at 23:00, DJRW will play his progressive beats during and after the event.

feb 2020       
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...with barely reduced waiting lists for transgenders. This is the result of research that Dutch Health Minister Bruno Bruins sent on to the Dutch Lower House.

jan 2020       
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The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) now offers a nationally established liturgy that can be used in a worship service in which a transgender person presents himself with a new name and receives a blessing.

jan 2020       
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What a night! During a swirling show in the historic Vic Theatre in Chicago another Mister Rubber Netherlands was elected Mister International Rubber.

jan 2020       
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The number of new HIV diagnoses in the Netherlands is falling again, from 750 in 2017 to 664 in 2018. This is evident from the 2018 figures published by the HIV Monitoring Foundation, Stichting Hiv Monitoring.

jan 2020       
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During the Halloween weekend the second edition of the Antwerp Brilliant Games took place. Apart from the sports events several social events also form an important part of this weekend.

jan 2020       
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René van der Gijp has been named the funniest Dutch celebrity by readers of the magazine. According to the winner and former football player the jokes in football talk show Veronica Inside are often vulgar, usually quite inappropriate and "on the edge of decency".

jan 2020       
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It is already listed on many a calendar, but if you have not planned it yet, Backdoor will be celebrating its fifth anniversary on Saturday, January 25.

dec 2019       
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Since last month, intersex and transgender persons are explicitly protected by law against discrimination. A bill introduced by D66, PvdA and GroenLinks came into force.

dec 2019       
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The Dutch Lower House has debated multi-parenthood with responsible Minister Sander Dekker (Legal Protection). COC and the Dutch Gay Parenthood Foundation Meer dan Gewenst urged MPs to finally regulate multiple parenthood and custody properly.

dec 2019       
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Bassist Flea from rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers started looking for his homosexual side at a young age in response to his strict father’s ideas. That is what the musician reveals in his upcoming autobiography Acid for the Children.

dec 2019       
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An American police officer, who presumably missed out on a promotion 23 times because he is gay, has won a lawsuit against his police force in the US state of Missouri.

dec 2019       
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The party institution La Demence is not only celebrating this autumn its thirtieth anniversary of parties in Brussels. Next summer it will also, from July 5 till July 12, 2020, be celebrating the tenth edition of “The Cruise” aboard Royal Caribbean’s elegant “Explorer of The Seas,” a trip not to be missed!

dec 2019       
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Arosa Gay Ski Week, which will be held from January 18 till January 25, 2020, is known as Europe’s favorite winter pride festival. Hundreds of gay men and women travel annually to Arosa, Switzerland in January, for the friendly week-long celebration, supported by locals and the community.

dec 2019       
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Again this year, a series of sparkling shows from “Travestiecabaret Amsterdam" are scheduled. The ingredients are the same, with live songs, self-written or adapted, cabaret-like sketches, and variété. Topped with glitter and glamour. Preferably with a wink and a hint of oh-la-la... Organizer Koos van den Berg, also known as Coco Coquette, explains.

dec 2019       
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Since June 2019, The Netherlands has a new Mister Sportswear, Anton. Our Mister Sportswear has been very active since his election, traveling Europe and participating at various Pride events and marches.

nov 2019       
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Between the swirling cranes and the industrial track of the port of Amsterdam lies the "Thuishaven", the Cultural Free Port of the city. At this free-spirited location, Sijm Circus & Events presents the Gay Circus 2020 on February 13-14, 2020.

nov 2019       
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Whistle-blower Ms Shuping Wang died at the age of 59. In the 1990s, she raised the alarm about the blazing fast spread of Hepatitis C and HIV in China.

nov 2019       
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Thanks to pioneering research by scientists of the University Hospital UZ Gent, the cure for HIV patients is one step closer. The study identified where "residual virus" is found in the body during treatment.

nov 2019       
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A groundbreaking report recently released by the GLBT human rights organization OutRight Action International exposes the global reach of so-called conversion therapy.

nov 2019       
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From November 20 until December 1 the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) will again transform the cinema landscape of Amsterdam into a true paradise for fans of creative documentary movies.

nov 2019       
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Early November, athletes from all over the world will gather in Antwerp. There the Antwerp sports association for GLBTs and sympathizers is organising the second edition of the international Antwerp Brilliant Games.

okt 2019       
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What’s that? A pink revue? A revue is a program lasting the whole evening. On Saturday, November 2, and Sunday, November 3 2019, Cantus Obliquus is presenting a cheerful, colorful collection of songs and performances during an evening or matinee show.

okt 2019       
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After Antwerp, Paris and Frankfurt, “Damage” found a new home at Club Jack Amsterdam. After the successful first edition in August the promoters are already preparing the next rendition on November 9, 2019

okt 2019       
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The Palestinian Authority (PA) has prohibited all meetings of the LGBTQ organization Al-Qaws on the West Bank. This was reported by The Jerusalem Post.

okt 2019       
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The gay gene does not exist, but the straight gene does not exist either. Sexuality is diverse and cannot be predicted with a DNA test. This is the outcome of a large international study that investigated the genetic make-up of people who have sex with people of the same sex.

okt 2019       
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From October 24 to October 27 the twenty-third edition of Leather & Fetish Pride Amsterdam will be organized. During these four days Amsterdam’s city centre will be the focal point of the leather and fetish community.

okt 2019       
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In Tamil Nadu, the government has issued a Regulation on the basis of which non-essential operations on sex characteristics of babies and children are prohibited, except in the case of a life-threatening situation.

okt 2019       
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State Secretary Paul Blokhuis wants to start a conversation within his party about same-sex marriage. He is a member of the Dutch socially-conservative Christian party the Christenunie (CU).

okt 2019       
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It’s been more than ten years since Elliott Matos and Benjamin Aillery are doing gay event programming during the Amsterdam Dance Event. The ADE has fast become the world’s largest and leading conference and festival for electronic music which yearly takes place every October. After a few years of being involved with the ADE, Elliott and Benjamin approached ADE creator (then manager) Richard Zijlma, to bring the rainbow and gay venues as official partners.

sep 2019       
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For young black gay men it can be difficult to find their way in this world. What does it mean to be young, black and gay? Guilliano (26) is the founder of The Kiki House of Angels, a Vogue dance community in Rotterdam. Most members are young, black gay men who face racism and exclusion in daily life.

sep 2019       
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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.

sep 2019       
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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.

sep 2019       
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From 22-29 September, the streets of Rotterdam will once again shine bright with all the colors of the rainbow to celebrate the freedom of sexual, gender and cultural diversity.

sep 2019       
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Streetheart, the quirky gender-fluid festival on the Kerkstraat, is back on Saturday afternoon, September 14, for its third edition.

sep 2019       
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At this year's Pink Saturday in Venlo, Jet Valk, the President of Stichting Roze Zaterdagen Nederland (RZN) annouced that the Pink Saturday 2021 (Roze Zaterdag) will take place in Rotterdam. Next year, the event will be organised in Leeuwarden.

aug 2019       
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A year after its introduction, the Dutch Immigration and Nationalisation Service (IND) still has poor implementation of the new asylum policy for LGBTIs. Dutch interest group COC Netherlands (COC) illustrates this on the basis of seventeen examples in a letter to the new State Secretary for Asylum and the Dutch Lower House.

aug 2019       
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After editions in Antwerp, Frankfurt and Paris, Damage party is back in Amsterdam, on August 24 at Club JACK at the Hogehilweg 20. This GLBT+ club has an underground Berlin vibe, and is easy to reach by metro, bus and train.

aug 2019       
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The Dutch Lower House is positive about the appointment of discrimination investigators at the police. This became apparent early July during a vote on a proposal from Vera Bergkamp (D66), Kirsten van den Hul (PvdA) and Nevin Ozutok (GroenLinks).

aug 2019       
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From today, all Dutch regional Health Authorities (GGD) can commence distributing the HIV prevention pill PrEP, together with the corresponding medical care to gay and bisexual men along with other groups that are at increased risk of contamination.

aug 2019       
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For so many years this international party has been drawing lots of gays from everywhere and anywhere. La Demence attracts people from all ages and styles, which brings an amazing mix of people together!

jul 2019       
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After the success of last year’s edition, the organizers of CRASH Amsterdam have decided to do it all over again for Pride Amsterdam 2019.

jul 2019       
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From July 27 to August 4, the fourth edition of COC’s Shakespeare Club will take place in the historic courtyard of the Amsterdam Museum.

jul 2019       
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The Reguliersdwarsstraat used to be the gay street in Amsterdam. At a certain point, more and more “straight hospitality” took over, when, after the once legendary Havana, the April also closed its doors.

jul 2019       
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Amsterdam will celebrate Pride from July 27 to August 4. For nine consecutive days, rainbow flags will wave over our city, and more than three hundred activities will be organized. The first Pride days mainly focus on substantive matters. Then there are workshops, congresses, conferences, artistic activities, and of course the Canal Parade. This year again, the Pride Walk marks the start of Pride Amsterdam.

jul 2019       
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A report from Glaad shows that the Trump administration has been guilty of gay and transgender discrimination of and attacks on gay and transgender people on more than 100 occasions since Donald Trump became President of the US.

jul 2019       
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The Kenyan Supreme Court has ruled that the statutory articles making homosexuality in Kenya a crime are not unconstitutional, resulting in homosexual acts in Kenia remaining illegal and punishable with between 4 and 15 years imprisonment.

jul 2019       
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New York gets a statue for two champions of transgender rights, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. According to Mayor De Blasio, it will be one of the first monuments for Transgenders ever.

jul 2019       
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Not only is the electric bike more and more widely accepted, it’s also becoming more and more a style object. More stylish than the Bella Citta is hardly imaginable. Ride in style!

jul 2019       
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Emancipation minister Ingrid van Engelshoven has presented the Jos Brink Awards for LGBTI emancipation in the Haarlem playhouse. Jos Brink (1942-2007) was a famous gay producer, vicar, comedian, TV personality and author.

jul 2019       
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On Thursday, July 18, 2019 the city of Enschede will once more be the stage for the annual “Bölke Open Air.” For this thirteenth edition party center ’t Bölke has again put together a spectacular program with performances by The Dutch Cher, Trinxx “men dancing on high heels,” and Sparklezzz.

jul 2019       
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Two years ago, in 2017, Zandvoort Pride was held for the very first time. Zandvoort Pride was subtitled “Amsterdam at the Beach” and “Pride at the Beach.” A wave of enthusiasm came over the beach, with a real Parade, beach parties, and performances. The cultural highlight of the three-day festival was the presentation of a number of photographs by the Amsterdam photographer René Zuiderveld at the Zandvoorts Museum.

jun 2019       
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Early this year translations of poetry by Rick van der Made (Breda, 1968) were published. Van der Made is not only a poet and essayist, but also a columnist for Gay News. In the collections of poems with the title “Selected Poems / Poèmes Choisis,” the publishing firm Heimdall has brought together Van der Made’s most beautiful poems in Dutch, English and French.

jun 2019       
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Hidden stories about the city’s darkest houses now reveal spine-tingling mysteries and sinister secrets. Bloodthirst and goosebumps, dicover an Amsterdam too disturbing for daylight in this mystery experience.

jun 2019       
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The Trump administration is working on a bill that will make healthcare and protection largely impossible for transgender people. It is the umpteenth anti-transgender and anti-gay bill that is introduced under the presidency of Donald Trump.

jun 2019       
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For the sixteenth time, Germany’s popular theme park Phantasialand hosts the “Fantasypride,” an annual event for GLBT* and friends. Visitors can not only enjoy Phantasialand’s thrilling and unique rides and shows, but also a host of additional highlights.

jun 2019       
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