To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument.
Something was in the air, so much was clear that day right from the start. At regular intervals people would pop in asking where the COC building was or what time the transgender demonstration would start. Come again? Transgender demonstration? No, I hadn’t heard about that one. “Perhaps I’d better go home and check the email.”
World AIDS Day is several weeks behind us. For most of you it was probably a World AIDS Day like any other, with some attention in the media, many silent demonstrations and somewhat more noisy benefit parties.
For me it was a very extraordinary day. Whoever analyzed the national and international press items on that day couldn’t help but notice the increasing criticism AIDS experts voice, most of the time not in a direct way but very clear nevertheless.
With all the enormous amount of media attention given to the strained relationship between gays and Muslims, it’s nice to be able to report on some positive news.
The Amsterdam gay Muslim group Secret Garden, active from 1994 till 2001, is busy with its come back. Initiator Emir Belatoui has recently re-registered the group after a long “winter sleep” and is full of energy and ideas to re-invigorate the organization which aims to help gay, lesbian and transgender Arabs and other Muslim (youth) in Amsterdam.
By all the judicial humbug that surrounds the gay marriage thing in California and makes it into some political bounce ball, you’d almost forget that we’re simply talking about real people wanting to say ‘I do’ to each other. We’d missed the fact that on the 3rd of October porn star Brent Everett got married to colleague Steve Peña, a thirty-one-year-old veteran from San Diego who’s known as the organizer of the Military Madness Nights, parties for “those who serve, have served and love the military.”
Among the curiosities treasured in the Royal Library in The Hague is found a pamphlet of 32 pages which the parson’s son and former parson Hubertus Johannes Schouten issued in 1908 in the same place. Not under his own name; the subject he discussed was much too risky for that. The author had set himself the task to refute a number of prejudices against gays which were current at the time.
At the general assembly of members of Saturday 29th of November it became clear that the Amsterdam office of COC has dropped all demands around the sell-off of the building on the Rozenstraat. It’s expected that the Amsterdam branch will get a maximum of half a million euros of the 3.4 million the national COC thinks the building will fetch; last week they still claimed about one million.
The NOS ombudsman Tom van Brussel had received complaints and has conducted a study whether the NOS is stigmatizing gays on radio, television, teletext and internet.
His conclusion: not so much in reporting but in image the NOS stigmatizes.
On the 12th of November the NOS released the following statement on radio, television, teletext and internet: More and more young gay and bisexual men with casual sex partners have unprotected sex. Drug use and internet dating appear to play a large role in this development, a survey of Schorer shows
Naples reminds us of the Spanish cities of Madrid and Valencia. Especially the architecture and lifestyle of the third biggest city of Italy is as impressive. Naples is the busy and lively historic capital of the Campania region with narrow and steep alleyways contrasting grand boulevards like Corso Umberto I. It’s up to you to decide whether the saying “Vedi Napoli e poi muori” (See Naples then die) is still valid...
At the commission meeting for General Affairs the liberals called upon the mayor and his aldermen to make heating of outside tables possible this winter in the entire city. The liberals claim that the bars and restaurants in the city have had enough bad news with the recession news and the ban on smoking. It’s time to cut them some slack. The same goes for their customers, they deserve a warm spot in winter to smoke a cigarette or a cigar while sipping on hot chocolate.
The Vatican rejects any form of unlawful discrimination of homosexuals and also rejects any state of government that criminalizes homosexuality. If it becomes a violation of International Human Rights to reject homosexuality however, the church would be discriminated against. The Vatican Spokesperson Federico Lombardi said this in the Italian newspaper “Il Giornale.”