Last April it was fifteen years ago my father died at the age of sixty-eight. My father loved reading and my mother, a former nun. He also loved his children, which manifested itself mainly in the chores he did for them. Less in showing physical affection.
In the beautiful 2004 novel “The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana” by the Italian writer Umberto Eco, who died in February 2016, the protagonist has lost his memory because of a stroke. That is, that part of his memory that relates to his personal life, as general knowledge is still available.
The road is clear for the introduction of the HIV prevention pill PrEP in the Netherlands. The Dutch Health Council has advised the government to provide PrEP to groups with a relatively high risk of contracting HIV, for instance men who have sex with men.
The Public Prosecution recognizes that discrimination played a role in the violence incident against the homosexual couple Ronnie and Jasper from Arnhem. This is evident from the sentence demanded by the Public Prosecution. This is now fifty percent higher due to its discriminatory nature.
Each month, Jurandy Lucas (creative producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report on GLBTQ+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. This month, they highlight the We Are the Future party, the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of The Queen’s Head, and the opening of Taboo Kantine.
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the new spring/summer campaign of the Dutch suit brand Suitsupply. Male models in all kinds of intimate poses, even kissing each other. With the matching motto: “Find your perfect fit.” Given the homoerotic appearance of the photographs, this phrase can be interpreted in different ways.
“I made them myself,” says Sander modestly when I compliment him on the beautiful paintings on the wall at his home, asking who the artist is. Surprised, I look at him. I visit Sander, because he has a very special hobby. However, I was unaware that he was also a painter, and not without merit.
Most of us will not have offspring. However, it is our duty to ensure that we can pass on the rainbow in all its bright colors to future generations. With this in mind, I have been taking part in the festival consultation with the municipality of Amsterdam regarding a new events policy since 2014.
Spring Has Arrived! In February and March, we have welcomed new members of A.S.V.Gay, almost all attending our introduction weekend. The theme was “Gays in Space,” and so the program was filled with activities such as lightsaber fighting and landing on the moon. Our traditional beer relay was also scheduled, including bananas and biscuits, as well as our infamous “wild” evening.
From karaoke bars, masks and love hotels run by drag queens, to diners, tattoo shops and gritty motels. From the filthy and overpopulated Tokyo to sunny Southern California with its endless highways. “Oh Lucy!” is an original road movie and a delicious black comedy.
This year, the Frisian capital Leeuwarden and Valetta on Malta were declared European Capital of Culture. Since 1985, this title is given, from 2004 onwards to two cities per year. On the occasion of this event, a packed program has been compiled, but the organization Gayslowdating decided to add a few extras.
Half of Europe is under the spell of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, starting May 8. Will Waylon fare better with or without Ilse de Lange? Meanwhile, Song Contest and drag loving Amsterdam and indeed Holland is getting ready for its very own version of this battle - the sixteenth edition of the Eurovision SongTravestival.
Before the flood of 2018 tourists will wash over Amsterdam, the new up-to-date Gay Map has been distributed all over the city. This completely updated 23th edition of the Amsterdam Gay Map – 100.000 of them are printed and distributed every year- lists all Amsterdam gay venues and contains handy tips for visitors.