Guy Hocquenghem (1946-1988) was a radical gay activist of the “Front Homosexuel d’Action Révolutionnaire” (FHAR) who became a precursor of “queer theory” and a novelist who focussed on AIDS and spirituality, combining these themes with left-wing ideals. He was from a well-to-do bourgeois background of teachers in the virtuous years preceding 1968.
The French underwear label HOM brings an homage to Cuba in its summer-spring collection. The collection is inspired by the 1950s in Cuba, with its exotic plants and flowers, bright colors, and Cuban architecture.
The Amsterdam VUmc Hospital is looking into the possibility of helping gay couples with surrogacy. Among gay couples, the interest for this is increasing, but as such it is not possible in the Netherlands still. Now, gay couples need to go abroad for an expensive and often uncertain process.
For a while, Peter Kogge was my friend. We sat next to each other in a class of the Albert Schweitzer School. The school still needed building when we had to go to primary school. Pending the completion of our new school, we were taught in an emergency school, two classrooms near the little river the Gouw in Zaandam. Finally our new school was ready, and the school was officially opened.
On March 31st, Gilbert Baker died in his sleep in his house in New York City. He was sixty-five years of age. “The cause of death is hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman of the New York City medical examiner’s office stated. Baker has earned a place in our history for designing the rainbow flag in 1978.
After the huge success of the EuroPride and putting free-thinking Amsterdam and the Netherlands on the map, this year we will look inward to see what we really are all about. Your Pride and sharing that Pride. This is your Pride, her Pride, his Pride, our Pride. This is My Pride!
Some weeks ago, A.S.V.Gay celebrated its seventh anniversary. We had a toast on our anniversary at our weakly drink with a shot of our notorious drink, the Troika. The Troika shot is inexplicably linked with A.S.V.Gay: pink, sweet, and a little spicy. We drink it too often, and drink too much of it, just as Sambuca gets too much when you are over twenty years of age.
In the new Dutch Lower House there are now seven openly LGBTI MPs. Eleven so-called rainbow candidates were also elected - candidates who had registered with COCs election website GayVote, indicating that they are committed to LHBTI emancipation.
It is time again to get your rubber, leather, sports or other fetish outfits out of the closet for the Amsterdam Fetish Pride. The Fetish Pride runs from May 25 to May 29. This sixth edition includes events at The Cuckoo’s Nest, Club Church, Dirty Dicks, the Eagle Amsterdam, and The Web. Fetish stores Black Body, Mister B, RoB, and hairdresser Cuts & Curls will also do their bit in making this yet another successful Fetish Pride.
On May 7, we will know who the next French president will be for the coming five years. Polls indicate that, after the first round, only Emmanuel Macron – independent without a party in the centre of the political spectrum – and the far-right Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN) will go on to the second round. But polls are not always correct, as we now know all too well.
The German government has approved the rehabilitation of men convicted of homosexual acts under section 175 of the Criminal Code in post-war Germany, as suggested in a bill by Justice Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In Germany, homosexual acts were a punishable offence between May 15, 1871 and March 10, 1994.
In 1993 the International Gay Monument The Hague was unveiled. The initiative for this monument to commemorate all gay men and lesbians in the world who are persecuted and oppressed and who died because of their sexual preference, was taken in 1985. More than a year later, on October 20th, 1986, a proposal for this monument was discussed and adopted by the The Hague city council.
Sauna Nieuwezijds, Amsterdam’s popular gay sauna near Central Station, closes for the month of May to fully renovate. Although open for less than four years, there are structural problems to the building that need to be addressed.
It is nearly that time of the year again. Half of Europe is under the spell of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, starting May 10th. Will the sweet Dutch O’G3NE girls be heard in the midst of all that blood-curdling screeching? Meanwhile, Song Contest loving Amsterdam is getting ready for its very own version of this battle. For the fifteenth consecutive year, the EuroSongTravestival will be held on May 7 in the Winston Kingdom.
In the Russian autonomous republic of Chechnya homosexuals are widely persecuted because of their sexual orientation, independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports. The information has been confirmed by Human Rights Watch. In Chechnya, at least one hundred people were arrested without grounds, and three people were reportedly killed since the beginning of the year.
Bet van Beeren was a legendary landlady. In a leather coat she would tear across town on her motorbike, sometimes with a new fiancée. Café ’t Mandje was one of the first bars where gay men and lesbian women didn’t have to hide their sexual orientation. But Bet would not allow kissing in the bar.