People regularly tell me that Amsterdam is no longer what it once was. In the past, there were shows in cafés and discos they tell me. Of course, everything is temporary and yes, half of these former gay establishments are gone, but a lot is still happening, and unforgettable evenings can still be had. IDAHOTIQZ was such an evening, but let me start at the beginning.
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!
The gay revolution broke loose in the years following 1969, and it was certainly a left-wing movement: much needed to change, and some of it completely. What had to be done differently throughout Europe was legislation and, as we know now, this would take some time. For instance, in the United Kingdom, where Clause 28 (now comparable to the Russian anti-gay propaganda law) was first enacted in May 1988 and abolished in 2003.
Dear Neighbors to the North, The first half of 2019 has come to an end. Following below are high-profile and abject quotes about our queer people in all GLBTQI forms in the Flemish media. Or how well-known and lesser-known Flemish people express their opinions about gays, (too) often unvarnished, if you ask me.
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.
I’m a barrel of contradictions, I must admit. I’m poor, but feel rich. I am a man and I also have qualities that are generally called feminine. Long ago I stopped worrying about that. My identity as a Dutchman is under pressure, now that I feel more and more European or even a citizen of the world. I was born a Catholic boy, but since a few years I am now an atheist without any registered religion.
There were plenty of events organized by the many committees and the board of A.S.V.Gay in the months of May and June. There were the drinks with our sister associations in Groningen and dancing at “Sensation Pink! Vol. III” in Exit Café. Singing at an open mic night at Café Montmartre or participating in a pub quiz at Bar Buka. A.S.V. Gay was present at several hot spots in the Netherlands.
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.
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.
The title of this column describes the high workload that we are experiencing at the office these weeks due to the introduction and sale of the Pride vignettes, the various production deadlines, as well as the collection and delivery of a large number of documents that are required by the City for all required exemptions. But I do not want to discuss that here.
Yesterday was July 2, 2019. “So what?” I hear you thinking. What’s so special about this date? Indeed, for most of us the date doesn’t signify anything of importance.
Yet it is a day that will affect all of us. I am not talking about the total solar eclipse that takes place that day (almost completely above water and not visible) but about the first day of the session period of the newly elected European Parliament.
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.
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.
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.