To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See www.pinkpoint.org
It’s an official fact, this is my thirty-seventh Pink Point column and that means I’ve been scribbling about Pink Point’s daily life for three years. Rarely, very rarely, I don’t know what to write about, but in 99% of the times my fingers just go over the keyboard without me having to think. The anecdotes just bubble up without any hesitation.
The Californian High Court has ruled at the end of May that the result of the referendum of November last year, which made an end to the possibility for gay people to get married, is indeed legitimate. The 18.000 gay marriages that were already performed will also remain legitimate however. Six judges of the High Court found only judge Moreno opposing their view.
I got my inspiration for this column from and article in the French weekly magazine “Le Nouvel Observateur” of the 21st of May. It was about the power of networks in France and on the cover a few of them were already listed as a sort of teaser. I was very surprised to see “Gays” listed amongst them...
Sometimes what seems like progress is actually a step backward as well. In 1986 and 1991 there were two extensive Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals in Amsterdam. Nowadays the big Hollywood studios are making gay movies and these are taken up in the regular cinema programming and are even shown on tv, so you’d think these festivals would have become obsolete. But this is of course not the case at all.
Jean Paul Gaultier’s fragrance Le Male has been an undisputable hit for fifteen years now. In The Netherlands and Germany it belongs to the best-selling brands of all male perfumes. This summer a special sunny edition is introduced: Le Male Stimulating Summer. Inspired by Gaultier’s pirate collection the fragrance takes you to paradise where exuberant fauna and radiant flora blend together.
In Denver the former porn actor Marcus Allen, who’s real name in Timothy Boham, is charged with murder. According to the prosecution the 28-year old Boham tried to rob his former superior J. P. Kelso in his home in November 2006. When Kelso refused to open his safe Boham shot him through the head after a short struggle. When he opened the safe afterwards it turned out to be empty and “everything had happened for nothing,” he declared in court. He expected the businessman to have 100.000 to 400.000 dollars in his safe.
Remarkable people are rare, we ought to cherish them. However yet we often ridicule them instead. We call them the village idiot, or neighborhood fanatic, dreamers that seem slightly undone, unworldly creatures that refuse to conform to daily routine. They live by their own rules. We are afraid of them because they hold up a mirror we don’t want to look into.
Danny La Rue,één van de bekendste showqueens van Groot-Brittanie, is op 81-jarige leeftijd aan de gevolgen van kanker overleden in Kent. Dat heeft de woordvoerster van de entertainer laten weten aan PA News Agency. "Danny overleed kort voor middernacht na een korte ziekte" aldus de woordvoerster. De partner van La Rue, Annie Galbraith was bij hem toen hij stierf. La Rue werd in 1927 in Ierland geboren als Daniel Patrick Carroll en verhuisde samen met zijn moeder op negen-jarige leeftijd naar Londen.
Orthodox-Christian schools can ask their employees to sign a document with the principles of the school, even if it rejects homosexual relationships. But the freedom of education cannot be a basis to ban or fire someone because of their homosexuality, or when they are in a gay relationship or live together. Plasterk wrote this in a letter to parliament answering questions from members of the SGP (Reformed party), Christian Union and the CDA (Christian Democrats).
Gays in Leeuwarden are to get a marked off meeting (cruising) spot. Gay interest organisation COC Friesland director Ceees van Baalen thinks it would be good to mark such a spot with boards. “Put a picture on it of two men holding hands.” In nature reserve De Groene Ster a lot of gay men come to cruise. The police leaves them alone and “some think that should change.
On June 27, a unique photo exhibition opens at the Homomonument - “Outside.” Twelve gay and lesbian photographers, ranging from young talent to renown artists, with backgrounds as diverse as documentary, advertising, art and fashion photography, will each display two photographs at the Westermarkt. As art in the public space, “Outside” aims to make the connection between the public arena, individual expression and sexual diversity.