Ever since the Gay Games took place in Amsterdam, already two long years ago, the gay community couldn`t ignore anymore the hundreds, no, thousands of gays and lesbians who like nothing better than sweating it out in some kind of sport. So Gay Business Amsterdam, organiser of the city`s annual Gay Pride weekend, wised up and since those memorable Games days has diligently included sports events in their four day program. After last year`s success with athletes active in football, volleyball, swimming and rowing, Pride 2000 will once again welcome queers from all over Europe to compete in their favourite pastime, but also to revel in the special atmosphere of the Dutch capital when it turns pink all over for one gorgeous long weekend.
These days one of the most controversial perversions is pedophilia, the love of boys or children. It`s called pedosexuality when actual sex is involved. Many people don`t even know the difference. Some scientists make a further distinction between pedophilia as the love of children not yet in their puberty and efebophilia, the love of pubescents. We`ve had a short period when the emancipation of pedophile love had some support even from within the police force, but this came to an abrupt end shortly after 1980.
What one remembers most of the Amsterdam Canal Parade are the large colourful floats with hordes of cute boys and girls dancing, whistling, waving and singing. And lots of loud music booming out, to stimulate the dancers and draw the attention of the many onlookers. Between all these big, noisy crowd pleasers are many small, sometimes tiny boats sailing the Prinsengracht, without which this unique Gay Pride parade wouldn`t be complete.
Gay Pride Amsterdam, ...."Yeah, of course I`m proud, but my God it`s tiring!", says my upstairs neighbour with a sigh. Each year she goes out of her way to be part of it. Eggs and egg-cups are painted pink, she seeks high and low for sweaters with wild pink stripes and returns with pink plastic plant-pots, dirt bins, toe slippers and GSM covers and slaves with her crochet-hook over a rainbow coloured bedspread.
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