Ferry Maat: almost everyone knows his name in the Netherlands. Isn’t it because of the Dutch Top 40, than certainly from his legendary “Soulshow,” which in the 70s and 80s reached incredible listening ratings. People stayed home on Thursday evenings for this show and DJs were inspired by Ferry’s music choice in their gigs the following weekend. And one can still listen to the “Soulshow”: every Saturday between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Radio Veronica.
The frivolity which is often associated with the fashion industry is a sharp contrast to reality. Millions of dollars are involved in this creative business. With designers who are used to create multinationals from labels. In the fifteen-minute shows the label must show what it stands for. The outrageously expensive catwalk shows are the showpiece for the label. And can be ruthlessly cut down. The collections have to convince hardened journalists and give the label prestige.
Dolly Bellefleur Portrays Bet van Beeren, Queen Of Amsterdam’s Zeedijk
With a wink at “De Bonte Dinsdagavond Trein,” a legendary Dutch radio show in which cross-dressers Snip and Snap put drag on the map of the Netherlands, Ruud Douma a.k.a. Dolly Bellefleur hosts every first Wednesday of the month “Dolly’s Bonte Woensdagavond Trein,” a monthly magazine for GLBs and other queers.
Were you planning to all come to the Brussels Gay Pride this year? I wish you luck because there might not be a Pride Parade through the center of town at all. The organizers are going backwards upside down. Some websites even broadcasted the message that the organizing committee is financially bankrupt.
To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See http://www.pinkpoint.org
It’s a cold Sunday morning. I’ve just put all the postcard racks outside and it feels like my fingers will freeze off at any moment. Fortunately I can quickly warm up with the radiator, which is snuggled under my stool. It may be winter outside but my ass is warm, sweetie.
From the 20th of March victims of homophobic or racist violence in Nijmegen and Amsterdam, who wish to remain anonymous, will be met with more understanding while filing their report to the police. The departements of Amsterdam-Amstelland and Gelderland will distribute leaflets and forms to bars, saunas, libraries and other public places. From the 20th of March it’s also possible to log in online via http://www.hatecrimes.nl
At the assembly of four front-running cities with Minister Plasterk (Emancipation) the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima was evidence of the largest symbolic move towards the beginning of the third phase of gay emancipation: social acceptance of homosexuality. After taking it out of criminal jurisdiction and eradicating discrimination in legislation - introducing gay marriage being the most recent and most symbolic move - it is now time to work on total social acceptance. The four front-running big cities promised to persevere in their action towards gay emancipation by signing this new declaration.
At a meeting lasting into the early hours of this morning, The International Drag Queen Olympics Committee finally decided by a margin of 5 to 4 to again award the Drag Olympics to the City of Amsterdam.
After last minute personal lobbying by Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen and local drag celebrity Ms Jennifer Hopelezz, the Russian delegation decided to change its vote from Bangkok to Amsterdam, enough to clinch victory for Holland.