In 1861, the death penalty was abolished for sodomy in Britain; just over a century later, in 1967, homosexuality was finally decriminalised when the Sexual Offences Act was passed. However, there were a few conditions.
I was in the Zandvoort dunes, naked. The sun was comfortably warming my skin, and occasionally I would get up to see if any guys were around. After a while, this man with a semi-erect cock approached me. He saw me too, and squatted in front of me, saying: “I’m Paul from Haarlem.”
Anniversaries are celebrated with gusto in many COC departments. Some even considered it a good idea to write down their own history and publish a book for educational and entertainment purposes. At best a few dates, including the formation, are recorded, as well as some memories from important events. Usually it contains the acquisition of the housing, and sometimes a beloved person - a commendable director or a prominent bar owner - is put in the limelight.
After the very first edition of “LESBIQUE on Monday’s!” at the Spijker Bar, is now comes overy once a week on Monday evening. An evening for lesbians, gays, and freaks. Initiator Rosanne Bakker Schut (25), known as DJ Sleeping Beauty in the Amsterdam scene, was missing a place where all genders and identities are welcome on weekdays.
A remarkable and somewhat painful incident on March 10 in Tongeren’s criminal court. The twenty-three-year-old Abdullah Essah stood trial for the murder of the fifty-year-old gay man Erik Janssen. Janssen supposedly had paid Abdullah for sex, but when Janssen said he would make Abdullah’s homosexuality public, he apparently went nuts.
As of last March same-sex couples can get married in Finland. This means that marriage is now opened up for same-sex couples throughout Scandinavia. A bill to make marriage for same-sex couples possible was already adopted in November 2014 by the Finnish Parliament and signed by the President of Finland in February 2015.
“That is SO gay!” “But you don’t look lesbian.” “Well, they did a great job.” “Don’t you miss penises?” Or: “Bisexual? Can’t you choose?” We are all familiar with thinking in boxes. If my best friend, who is also extremely gay - here we go again - says something about my dyke blouse, we all get the joke. I define the blouse as a “just went wood chopping in the forest” blouse. Or perhaps not wood chopping, as that is bad for the environment.
The Backdoor Teadance, having just celebrated its 2nd birthday edition, will finally be followed by the Teadance on 13th May. It’s third year will be initiated in club AKHNATON with the unique Backdoor feeling: happy, sexy and especially energetic!
The City of North Miami unveiled a new sculpture installation on Saturday, March 4th, that was commissioned to “Celebrate the legacy of Miami-Dade County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer champions and the historic milestones of their community,” said Scott Galvin, the North Miami Councilman who spearheaded this project.
Homosexual men often feel a barrier in participating in team or contact sports such as football. This is revealed by a study on LGBTI's in sports by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), which was published last March 9.
The Zeedijk, Amsterdam’s cosiest street, will again be the place to be on King’s Night and King’s Day, April 27. With a large stage, outside bars, and several live acts and DJs, the party is a guaranteed success. As always, this will be under the inspiring leadership of Coby van Dam.
On Friday, February 24, bridge 210 was officially named after Bet van Beeren during a ceremony in Amsterdam. The bridge crosses the Oudezijds Achterburgwal between the Korte Stormsteeg and the Korte Niezel, around the corner from bar ’t Mandje on the Zeedijk. The festive inauguration took place on February 24, as that day ’t Mandje celebrated its ninetieth anniversary.
Over the last decade XXXLeather has become a household name in the Amsterdam leather and rubber fetish scene, and in 2013 XXXLeather introduced the Mister XXXLeather election. The first Misters XXXLeather were Charlie J. Rahinman, Arnaud Housenard, and Nick Dawson, who all three have put XXXL on the map, both nationally and internationally. More and more (young) leather and rubber men from abroad now know how to find their way to XXXL, so Mister XXXLeather 2017 was a vacancy that needed to be filled.