To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See www.pinkpoint.org
Last year’s trend at Pink Point has continued this season unfortunately. Of course we often spot new trends in the streets, because we’re there every day, but we could see this one coming for a while. Dancing on the monument has turned into drinking on the monument.
I don’t know if it’s the same with you, but here the discussion on whether homosexuality is congenital or not is in full swing again. Over the last few months almost all national and international media have paid attention to it, and several (pseudo) experts have been given opportunity to share their various study material and opinions.
We’ve repeatedly paid attention to the work of Julius, but it is now some two years ago that we announced his graphic novel “Gangsta Daddy” in “Gay News.” So it’s time for a review of Julius’ latest production, “Go South.”
Abebooks.com, a website for antiquarian books, sends users monthly updates on the ten most expensive books that were sold via the site. “Gay books” seldom or never made it to that list but last month showed a surprise. The most expensive book sold in April 2009 was a rare first edition of Xavier Mayne’s novel “Imre: A Memorandum,” which appeared in 1906, 500 copies only, funded by the author himself and published by English Book Press in Naples.
Recent research shows that Dutch brands are getting more and more popular. In times of recession and insecurity people turn to recognizable local products. Dutch products are popular with the Dutch consumers. Great to support the Dutch economy as well: here are four Dutch products we gladly recommend.
Opwindende blik op ruim twee decennia Falcon-ontwikkeling
In het hoofdstuk over Falcon Studios in het geweldige The Big Penis Book schrijft Dian Hanson dat de in 2000 overleden oprichter Charles Holmes het archief van zijn bedrijf wel eens omschreef als zijn “goud,” dat op een dag van grote waarde zou zijn. Hanson voegde daaraan echter toe dat “slechts een klein percentage van dit historische archief beschikbaar is op falconstudios.com, aangezien de nadruk van het bedrijf ligt bij het creëren van nieuwe video’s voor de [diverse] labels.”
In the chapter on Falcon Studios in the fantastic “The Big Penis Book” Dian Hanson writes that the founder of the company, Charles Holmes, often described the archives as his “gold” that one day would turn out a huge profit. Hanson added that at the time “only a tiny percentage of this historic archive is available on falconstudios.com, as the company’s emphasis is on creating new video content for its [...] lines.”
In 1966 the law educated, homosexual bibliophile John Sparrow wrote in the preface to his collection of “Controversial Essays” that he “find[s] it difficult to decide at what point the censor should be allowed to interfere, whatever grounds the case for censorship is based on.” Sparrow wrote these words with reference to the British publication in 1960 of D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” (after having been published in Italy in 1928).
The Amsterdam alderman Freek Ossel cannot understand why minister Ab Klink (Public Health) keeps refusing to intervene with the religious groups that claim to ‘heal’ hiv-infections as well as homosexuality altogether. “Public Health is put in danger by these healings,” Ossel says referring to an article in Het Parool. This article is about a visit to a migrant church in Diemen during which the reporter was cured from his faked hiv-infection.
Amsterdam is proud of her status as city where gays and lesbians can be free. Although homosexuality remained a taboo till well into the fifties, Holland had decriminalized it at the start of the nineteenth century. It might not have been socially accepted at all but at least it had ceased to be a criminal act. Holland was also one of the first nations to make the age of consent equal for gays and straights.
A court has ruled Monday night that the only two gay marriages performed in Greece are invalid. The two couples were wed in June last year, making use of the fact that the old legislation didn’t define the sexes of the partners. The ceremonies were conducted by the mayor of the island Tilos in the Aegean Sea. The very influential Greek-orthodox church responded furiously. A conservative bishop described the newlyweds as ‘human-like’.
NYC & Company has recently launched a new marketing and communication campaign to attract gay visitors. The new campaign called Rainbow Pilgrimage, is the first of its kind. The city has never before had a campaign completely aimed at this group. Rainbow Pilgrimage is going to focus on the lively and bubbly character of New York City and its gay-friendly reputation.
The official committee on equal treatment (CGB) has published its advice ‘Towards a school free of discrimination’ to minister Plasterk. This advice brought the minister to send a letter to all schools, which caused quite an uproar. The advice is largely the same as what Plasterk communicated with the schools already, but the CGB also again recommends to adapt the General Equal Treatment legislation according to the European anti-discrimination regulations.