To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See www.pinkpoint.org
More and more often I think of this song by the late Dutch singer Willie Alberti. A song in which he sings of the beauty of the city at night. That also reminds me of my own early days in the city. At the end of the eighties, the beginning of the nineties, when everything seemed possible. I understand that the older I get, the more often I think “been there, done that.”
Many of us have had a turbulent year. The financial and economical crisis hits everyone; no one is spared. 2009 was also the year in which well known, and lesser-known people had something to say about homosexuality. Here’s my annual selection.
Horny Street Lads Prefer Rough, Uncomplicated Sex In ‘Stoßzeit’
When Jean Daniel Cadinot started to make porn movies around 1980, after having worked successfully as a photographer of men for some years, it was the start of a career that made him the best of the industry In Europe for over fifteen years. Of course there were sex entrepreneurs who shot flicks with uninspired rentboys in dirty backrooms, but it wasn’t until Cazzo was created by Jörg Andreas and Jürgen Brüning in 1996 that another European porn business delivered comparable quality, even though Cazzo was aiming at a totally different segment of the market.
On the 5th of December the weekly Billy Underwear Party in Milan spotlighted Danny Verde as Special DJ. The poster was adorned by such a charming, handsome guy that we were interested who this Mr. Verde is. And so, meet... a musical prodigy who has worked in all aspects of music, including house, dance-pop production, DJ, song-writing and as vocalist. He lives just outside Milan in Northern Italy, where his recording studio “Holab Studio” has been home to many collaborations with international labels, artists, and producers.
During a very busy evening on Monday the 23rd of November in Club Church, Jennifer Hopelezz launched her campaign to become the next Night Mayor of Amsterdam. She aims to be the first drag queen to obtain the highest office of the night. In the week preceding the launch she had already aired a video message on the internet announcing her plans.
The fantastic underwear label XTG comes to Holland from sun-drenched Grand Canary. XTG stands for Extreme Game. The Canarian people find XTG sexy, innovative and comfortable. The merchandise is very original with unusual prints which remind us of tattoos, figures from comics and sports’ icons in bright colors. All of outstanding quality, designed by Luis Mentado.
On the 2nd of October the General Director of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, approved a request of GALE, the Worldwide Alliance for Education on Homosexuality, which was founded in The Netherlands, to join in an official cooperation with UNESCO. GALA had requested an operational partnership. With this status GALE will be asked to contribute to four UNESCO key targets. The procedure to acquire this coveted status took up more than a year.
In “L’Homo,” a one-off Dutch gay magazine that appeared in spring of 2009, 43-year old, HIV-positive Anthony admits: “I like sex without a condom better, especially when I’m being fucked. I’m not specifically looking for bare sex, but when it happens I do like it better. With a condom it starts to irritate after ten minutes, without I can keep going for hours.”
On Monday the 23rd of November Bert van Alphen, alderman for Wellbeing, Public Health and Emancipation accepted the ‘Protocol aanpak homodiscriminatie’ (Protocol to tackle gay discrimination), presented to him by director Gert-Jan Ankoné of the Bureau Discriminatiezaken (Bureau for Cases of Discrimination). COC Haaglanden, Bureau Discriminatiezaken, the police and the municipality developed the protocol.
During the budget discussions for 2010 the Amsterdam-Centre council adopted a proposal of GroenLinks (Greens) and PvdA (Social Democrats) to ask the local board to start cooperation with the organizers of Gay Pride 2010 to find ways to increase the social impact of Gay Pride and its events on other areas than jus the city centre.
From the first of December 2009 the Aids Fonds is distributing free condoms and lube for all visitors of gay saunas, bars and parties.
So from now on it’s even easier to keep the sex safe in these venues. They’re starting in five venues in Amsterdam to begin with, but from 2010 the rest of Holland will follow.
The idea is to provide all gay nightlife spots in Holland with free condoms. The venue managers are responsible for the transport costs and they have to keep track of when stock is getting low.