To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See http://www.pinkpoint.org
Now that I’m already in my seventh season of volunteering at Pink Point I’ve got a nice collection of anecdotes for this column. I often return home from a day’s work at “the Point” with stories of which you later think: that can’t have really happened. Is my mind playing tricks on me or did fate really bring these people onto my path?
Julius’ new graphic novel, “Gangsta Daddy,” was published a few months ago. After drawing in “Vikings: Irish Annals” the sexual experiences of the mediaeval shepherd Liam, he returned to the here and now, sort of. It doesn’t matter for the stories really. Whether set in the future or the past, young heroes are being deflowered by a mature, hairy guy, get hooked on a dick in their butt and become play toy for several other hairy big guys.
It was mid-morning when Rick awoke. He was laying on his side facing Larry, and Larry’s body was tightly pressed against his. Hot, stiff and solid, Larry’s prick was pressed insistently against Rick’s flat stomach, and Rick’s reaction was an immediate erection.
“It doesn’t take you too long to get a hardon, Rick.”
The new album of Alejandro Sanz (Madrid 1968) titled “El Tren De Los Momentos” has just hit the stores. Recordings took place on Cuba, the Bahamas, Madrid, Mexico and even in Sanz’ private studio in Miami. It features guest appearances by Latin superstars like Antonia Carmona, Alex Gonzales and Calle 13.
The first single of the album is called “Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No”; a duet with no one less than Shakira, the Colombian singer with whom Sanz scored a world hit in 2005: “La Tortura.”
Dear Northern Neighbors
A couple of weeks ago I found myself in the gay scene of our Queen of the Coastal Towns, the city of Ostend. Call it a trick of fate, or a stroke of luck, as you wish. Over the past few years I’d heard the wildest stories about gay life in Ostend so I decided it was time to check out what exactly is on offer there. One doesn’t just happen to spend every weekend in Ostend (at least I hope not).
It’s not customary that we draw attention twice in one year to a book by the same photographer, but in the case of Paul Freeman I’m happy to make an exception to this rule. This Australian photographer is taking the male nude by storm. The male nude photo book genre, that is. And that’s completely understandable, since Freeman offers something which most “male” photographers don’t offer, namely men, not boys.
Theo van der Meer’s book on Esquire Jacob Anton Schorer LL.M. (1866-1957) will appear on the 30th of March. Schorer was Holland’s prewar pioneer and personification of gay liberation. In 1917 parliament followed chairman Dirck Fock’s decision to return a shipment of books from Schorer, which had been sent to the parliamentary library. The books were all about homosexuality and they thought them unfit to include in such a prestigious collection.
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Rebecca Loos wasn’t able to restrain herself during a flight from London to Los Angeles. She aggravated her travel companions by publicly sucking off her 38-year-old rugby player.
“Menswear is thriving under a new generation of designers like Raf Simons and Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme. Men in general are much more interested in fashion than they were ten years ago. There is suddenly a new impertinence in menswear that did not previously exist,” says Didier Grumbach, head of French fashion’s governing body. That men’s fashion is booming is apparent from the many fashion labels which are bringing out complete men’s collections.
Time and again you’ll hear that the sports world offers very few role models for athletic guys who discover that they fancy other guys. This might still be true with regard to active professional sportsmen, but the last years sees a growing number of autobiographies by professional sportsmen who come out after they’ve ended their career.. Aside from some early exceptions such as American football player David Kopay’s 1977 memoirs, this trend started with the touching autobiography “Breaking the Surface” (1995) by Olympic diver Greg Louganis, ho celebrated his coming out during the 1994 Gay Games in New York.
Recently an American military jury ignored an Air Force captain’s plea for leniency, sentencing him to fifty years in prison for raping four men and attempting to rape two others.
The sentence was delivered a day after nine Air Force officers serving on Capt. Devery L. Taylor’s court-martial jury found him guilty of all charges against him for drugging and kidnapping servicemen he met in bars.
The virtuoso costume-changing artist Arturo Brachetti will come to Holland for his first visit. In his show he transforms from one character into another in the blink of an eye. Brachetti pays tribute to Hollywood classics by changing from James Bond to Julie Andrews, to King Kong, to Scarlett O’Hara, Darth Vader, Gene Kelly, Ingrid Bergman & Humphrey Bogart, and Esther Williams while swimming.
Many will be filled with memories when one mentions Rob’s Leather in Amsterdam. Rob’s Leather was the shop you had to frequent if you wanted to be part of the Amsterdam leather scene. The boys paraded around in the Argos or the Eagle, proudly showing off the RoB logo on chaps and jackets. You didn’t just buy something from Rob’s Leather; it was a total experience. Many will have personal memories of the man who made Rob’s Leather what it is: Rob Meijer
A rare gathering of openly gay Arab activists will be held in Israel shortly, drawing the ire of religious conservatives. Headlined “Home and Exile,” the March 28 meeting is meant to spark discussion of homosexuality among Israel’s one million Arab citizens.
The conference is being organized by Aswat, an Arab lesbian group based in Haifa. Around 100 to 150 people are expected to show up. With homosexuality a taboo topic in much of the Arab world, the meeting is important simply because it is taking place.
The Mexican National Defense Department said early March it will reinstate four HIV-positive soldiers after Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that their expulsion from the armed forces was discriminatory and unconstitutional. In a news release, the department said the soldiers would be allowed to continue their duties as long as they do not further endanger their health and that they will also be allowed medical attention.
On February 15 a major retrospective exhibition of works by Gilbert & George was opened at London’s Tate Modern. This long-awaited show is the largest ever to explore the remarkable art of Gilbert & George. Gilbert Proesch (San Marino, Italy, 1943) en George Passmore (Plymouth, 1942) both come from working-class families and have created art together since meeting at St Martin’s School of Art in 1967. They share a home, called Art for All, in Fournier Street in London’s East End.
“And the Winner is... Amsterdam!” Miss Jennifer Hopelezz is proud to announce that the fourth international Drag Queen Olympics have been awarded, yet again, to the City of Amsterdam. Amsterdam edged out other competing cities such as London, Berlin and Barcelona to secure the Games once more.