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Dear Neighbors to the North, "Homosexuality will never be detectable through a blood test," the Flemish media reported in capitals some weeks ago. An international study shows that there are only five.. > read more

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The new year of A.S.V.Gay will not just be a new year, but our tenth, which means that we will be celebrating our second lustre! > read more

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This Pride was the toughest delivery ever. To save Pride Amsterdam from ruin and to safeguard it for the future, we had to solve more problems with a small team than the municipality could handle. But.. > read more

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When you read this, we are already approaching the end of summer, while slowly saying goodbye to balmy evenings, and we are heading - preferably via an Indian Summer interval - towards falling leaves... > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, Anyone who has ever visited Brussels and stepped out near the Kolenmarkt, where most of the gay bars are, may have seen the beautiful mural by the Cologne gay comics artis.. > read more

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The Pride week is over, and again, it was a fantastic party week! Now it is up to me to report from Board 9 on our student association for the very last time. > read more

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At the beginning of August, it was that time of the year again: a colorful collection of boats during Pride Amsterdam set sail. With a new set of rules. These were controversial: the general opinion s.. > read more

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It is late July. Shortly “our” Amsterdam Pride will take place. I think it very nice as a homosexual that you, dear heterosexual, want to come to our Pride party, even if you secretly prefer we’.. > read more

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At A.S.V.Gay we are now in Summer Mode, and our members are finally free of all the stress of deadlines and resits. To top it all, the Pride Week is almost there! For many of us perhaps the most beaut.. > read more

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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-.. > read more

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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 .. > read more

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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 .. > read more

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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 we.. > read more

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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 wi.. > read more

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Now that spring is coming, we feel new things growing. The application review period for the new board has been completed, and the job interviews took place at the beginning of May. The candidate boar.. > read more

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It is not clear to everyone that through Pride Amsterdam, we not only celebrate our diversity, but also act in a festive manner against inequality and discrimination. This year, our focus is on the P .. > read more

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May was a very special month in my family, as we celebrated three birthdays in May: my late father, my brother in law (my brother’s husband) and my youngest sister. My sister is three times last on .. > read more

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The month of April - the start of spring, the opening of the festival season, and, of course, the month of our king’s birthday! Our beautiful association had again organized a whole range of events .. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, Five years ago, a prominent orthopaedic surgeon from Brussels got into trouble. In the university hospital he worked at, he had hurled all kinds of anti-Semitic reproaches.. > read more

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With these painful words, Pride Ambassador Dolly Bellefleur -in her letter to Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf” - describes how she, and others with her, had experienced the 2018 Canal Parade as a pa.. > read more

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Dear Willem-Alexander, Congratulations on your fifty-second birthday! You are only one year older than I am, and if you had repeated a class, we perhaps would have ended up in the same one. > read more

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Roosters wake me up, and a faint light comes through the small windows of my cabin. I briefly turn over, but wake up a little later because of a serenade of rooster calls. O well, it is time to get up.. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, Since June 1, 2017, PrEP is reimbursed in Belgium. According to scientists, it is effective prevention against HIV and would drastically reduce the number of HIV infection.. > read more

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For the international pride movement, 2019 is a special year. In June, it is fifty years ago that the Stonewall Riots broke out in New York, a fact that is commemorated all over the world. > read more

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We can’t ignore it any more: the theme of the Amsterdam Canal Parade is, of course, “Remember the Past, Create the Future.” We are extremely pleased with this theme at A.S.V.Gay, as it ties in e.. > read more

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During a spring long in the past now, my mother was on her deathbed. One evening, I asked her if she was afraid to die. “No,” she replied, “I am going to see Hetty and God.” God was God, and H.. > read more

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January was the month of New Year’s resolutions and reflection. Let’s drink less, have fewer hangovers, and spend less money. Less than two days into the New Year, and all of these good intentions.. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, Last year, Boudewijn Van Spilbeeck, the fifty-eight-year-old journalist at the News Service of Flemish commercial broadcaster VTM, announced that from that moment on, he w.. > read more

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With my hand up, a tattoo glued to my hand and with an angry look, I want everyone to know that I’ve had enough... “What are you fed up with?” Anton the photographer wants to know. “With the v.. > read more

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Since last month, I live in Hooge Zwaluwe in the Dutch province of Brabant again. It is February, and almost time for the traditional carnival. The last time I celebrated it was four year ago with my .. > read more

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At the time of writing, the last days of 2018 are counting down, and at the same time we can look forward to a New Year full of beautiful events and activities! The ninth board of A.S.V.Gay is in its .. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, A reformer. A pioneer. Extremely likeable and friendly. There was no shortage of praises when Pope Francis took over the pontifical office on 13 March 2013 from his predec.. > read more

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“Just act normal,” my mother told me when I was imitating the Dutch 1980s girl band the Dolly Dots with my two sisters and the girl next door, or when my brother and I were washing our doll clothe.. > read more

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The Amsterdam Gay Student Association A.S.V.Gay is a union that each month, organizes special drinks, fantastic parties and socially relevant activities. This was no different the end of last year! > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, Another year, and time for new quotes from the last semester of 2018 from well-known or lesser-known Belgians about our queer fellow man, in all GLBTQI forms. A brief anth.. > read more

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“Each New Year’s Day is like a new, hopeful beginning,” my father said every January 1st, while scattering some icing sugar on top of his “oliebollen” (a kind of doughnut ball that is typica.. > read more

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With winter fast approaching it takes some getting used to the colder weather after such an exceptionally hot summer. Luckily for us we have the A.S.V. Gay (Amsterdam Gay Student Union Gay) to help us.. > read more

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When you are reading this, it is almost December 5, or that day has just past. In the Netherlands, we celebrate the children’s party Sinterklaas on that day. Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is the prem.. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, I work in healthcare in Belgium, and know it through and through. A medical journalist and columnist with a very sharp and analytical pen whom I know, informed me that he .. > read more

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A.S.V. Gay’s general meeting took place on October 2, 2018. From this day on, we are now officially the ninth board of student association A.S.V.Gay. Fantastic! Now, we can finally get started with .. > read more

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When you are reading this, you may just be getting your pumpkins ready, trying on your troll costume, or hanging up fake spider’s webs for Halloween. It’s that time of the year again. Even though.. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, Through Facebook, people stay in touch with friends and acquaintances sharing memories. However, some of these posts are also of a sad nature. The death of a pet, a father.. > read more

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Summer has now slipped into autumn, and the cultural season has begun. Each year, the “Uitmarkt” in Amsterdam is an extremely busy event I usually attend. This year, I went with my sister. > read more

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As summer truly is over now, and the classes and endlessly long working days are awaiting us, it is time for the “changing of the guard” at GLBTQ+ student association A.S.V.Gay. Board of Directors.. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, It is forbidden by law to deny that the Holocaust ever happened during the Second World war. And with reason. The denial of very different forms of violence, physical or m.. > read more

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Never before had it been that warm and dry, this twenty-third edition of Pride Amsterdam. With temperatures above 25ºC and an average of 27.9ºC, we truly can speak of a Tropical Pride. The Friday be.. > read more

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Before I met my present partner, I hadn’t bothered to attend the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade for some years. I’m not very tall, and the past few years the canals were dominated by tall inebriated.. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, In the Dutch media it was reported that - although they use different wording as to not mention their true motives - municipalities and governments do their utmost to “e.. > read more

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Dolly Bellefleur is the alter-ego of cabaret performer and lyricist Ruud Douma. For twenty-eight years now, Dolly is “Frau Antje van het Verkeerde Kantje” (Miss Antje of the Other Side), both on t.. > read more

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I am running a cosy hotel with my best female friend Pascale in the centre of the “country’s most beautiful city,” as singer Wim Sonneveld once described Amsterdam. It has its advantages. Althou.. > read more

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In recent months, A.S.V.Gay had the pleasure of having a full and great schedule. We were bestowed the great honour to speak at the Remembrance Day commemoration at the Homomonument. For the first tim.. > read more

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Last year’s Pride Amsterdam, we stayed true to ourselves looking at what Pride is all about - our Pride and sharing our Pride. It was my-your-her-his and our Pride. Now, we have emphasised this sens.. > read more

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I turned fifty this month. On the morning of my birthday, I looked at myself in the mirror, saw some new crow’s feet around my eyes, and grabbed the framed family photograph that was made when my fa.. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, The Belgian Pride of May 19 was held over a month ago. It was a pride that is memorable for several reasons. In the first place because of the Pride itself. For obscure re.. > read more

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Just thirty minutes sailing from the former Dutch Antilles Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, you will find a president who not only lets his people starve, but also die from infectious diseases that are co.. > read more

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Dear Neighbors to the North, It is time for the first media review of 2018, with quotes from well-known or lesser-known Belgians - whether or not GLBTQ - about (homo) sexuality in the broadest sense o.. > read more

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Our Pride, which due to its special character is often forgotten to be named in the list of the largest and most important festivals in the Netherlands, has now received such national recognition. At.. > read more

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As we all know, Amsterdam is seen as the “Gay Capital of Europe,” probably for being the capital of first country to legalize gay marriage, and it’s high tolerance to all types of sexualities. A.. > read more

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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 cho.. > read more

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May to me is a special month. It was one year ago in this spring month that I entered into a relationship with my Syrian-Armenian friend. This year for the very first time, we stood hand in hand at th.. > read more

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