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Gay News issue 204, August 2008 (11)

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Pink Point - Reputation

To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See

I wrote such a proud little piece on Pink Point’s ten-year anniversary last issue and straight after I was confronted with several people who’d never even heard of the kiosk. Fortunately the second case was not surprising but the first one really took me by surprise. I was in my favorite bar at the Zeedijk, enjoying a beer (or two, maybe three etc.) when an HP approached me - no, I’m not referring to Hard Porn this time, but to someone with Husband Potency.
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Pink Point - Naamsbekendheid

To The Point - Waar gebeurde verhalen vanuit Pink Point, de homo- en lesbo-infokiosk op het Homomonument. Zie

Hoewel ik afgelopen nummer trots vertelde over ons tienjarig bestaan, werd ik meteen daarna geconfronteerd met een keur van mensen die nog nooit van Pink Point hadden gehoord. Toegegeven, het tweede geval was op zich niet verwonderlijk, maar de eerste verbaasde me enorm. Ik stond in mijn favoriete kroeg op de Zeedijk van een biertje (of twee, drie... et cetera) te genieten toen ik werd aangesproken door een toekomstige H.P., in dit geval geen Harde Porno maar een Huwelijks Potentieel.
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Tourism - Homosexual, not Homogenous

An Exploration of How to Effectively Target Gay Travel Markets

Lesbian and gay travelers have the same wide demographic segments as the straight traveling population. A retired lesbian couple will have very different expectations about their ideal vacation to a 21-year-old gay backpacker, yet the traditional view about these travelers within the travel industry has been that there is a single “gay market.”
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Club Church Opens In Amsterdam

New Gay Club Redefines Cruise Scene Amsterdam has a new Church. End of July the new gay cruise club Church opens its doors, just in time for Gay Pride. Situated on the Kerkstraat, almost next door to Thermos night sauna and across from the Bronx, Church is a completely new concept in gay Amsterdam. There are two floors of dance and play space catering to the cruise crowd, with changing theme nights four times a week. And in the basement is a shower block as well as douche area.
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Amersfoort Pink City in 2010

The city of Amersfoort will host Roze Zaterdag (Pink Saturday) in 2010 and also put on a variety of other gay events during that year. The board of Roze Zaterdagen Nederland publicized their decision on the eve Roze Zaterdag 2007, which took place in Tiel on Friday the 27th of June. Amersfoort won the competition because it just presented itself very well. The bid book looked very attractive and the proposals were well worked out. It was obvious that the board members of the new organizing team Keiroze knew what they wanted and how to present it. They’ve won through their enthusiasm.
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Gay saunas in Oslo closed because of HIV

Gay saunas in the Norwegian capital of Oslo will have to close. The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has ordered this the Norwegian Press reported. Estimations say that about 20 Norwegian men are infected in the sauna every year. The authorities claim the saunas allow unsafe sex practices. The proposal is criticized by the Sanitary Commission for Improved Health for HIV and Aids patients. They think closing saunas will not help because the gays will simply go elsewhere for sex. They appeal for better information and education.
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Kerkrade withdraws Rolduc as wedding location

The council of Kerkrade has decided on June 24th to withdraw the conference centre Rolduc as a wedding location as from the 1st of January 2009. This as a result of the fact that the director and the diocese don’t allow gay couples to get married there. According to Mayor Jos Som this is against the law and therefore the former monastery is not a suitable wedding location anymore. He had hoped to reach a solution with the diocese in a personal meeting but this failed. This has ended ten years of discrimination.
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Roze Zaterdag in Tiel: very successful

Roze Zaterdag had a very successful 33rd edition on the 28th of June. The theme: “You are also welcome! was expressed well. The centre of Tiel was host to some 45.000 visitors, gay and straight. So we can say it was a good day for the integration and acceptance of gays and lesbians. The day had many highlights, really too many to list. Everyone could be who he or she wanted to be, exactly as the organizers had wanted. There was a service in the Sint Maarten church to kick off the day. This is a tradition of Roze Zaterdag.
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Club "Strass" in The Hague closes its doors

The only gay club left in The Hague ‘Strass’ is now gone as well. ‘Gay’ The Hague came to the mixed and relaxed nightclub in the Archipel neighborhood but now it’s all over. The Hague will be the Pink City 2009 but there will be nowhere to go for a boogie. The other dancing Frenz closed earlier as well and the Trashchique parties have also gone.
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Yves Saint Laurent (August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008)

“The gods are bored and have called her to be with them,” Yves Saint Laurent once said about the death of his heroine Maria Callas. Even in his own lifetime he had become a living legend. An absolute genius who wrote the most beautiful pages of the French fashion history. Beauty made him happy. He was someone who was convinced that beauty was an essential luxury for both men and women. To him: “The most beautiful things a woman can wear, are the arms of the man she loves. I’m only here for the ones who haven’t found that happiness yet...”
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Jan (father) van Kilsdonk passed away

Father Jan van Kilsdonk passed away in his sleep in the night of Monday 30th of June. Father Gregory Brenninkmeijer, head of the Jezuite Order in Amsterdam announced the tideng. Van Kilsdonk was 91.

His Life

His family, from a miller tradition, was of standing in the East Brabant village of Peeldorp in Zeeland. When he was seventeen the very studious Van Kilsdonk went to the Jezuites. At 28, rather young, he was officially accepted and ordinated as a priest on the 22nd of August 1945.
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