I had met Kurt in Amsterdam. A blushing hot 28-year old guy. We had a lot of sex in the Hans Brinker Hotel where he stayed. Now I was visiting him in Berlin for a couple of days. We walked through the snow on Kufürstendamm. It was bitterly cold. I had an appointment with an active Berlin gay group, the AHA: the “Algemeine Homosexuelle Arbeidsgemeinschaft” [General Gay Working Community]. They had a discussion evening and I was going to tell them about my work at the COC.
A good sweater is like a second home in which you feel safe and comfortable. And if it’s of good quality it will last for years and years. A sweater is a classic of all times, indispensable in every wardrobe. Especially now that the economic situation is so dire, the sweater has become a rock-solid piece of clothing, to hide in and find shelter from an insecure world.
2011 was probably the year of the destructive tsunami in Japan, and of the euro crisis. But it was also a year with some striking remarks on gays in the media. Like every year in the first edition I’ve made a capita selecta of quotes.
According to reports, the previous two summers an increasing number of Austrians donned in swimming trunks looking like a Lederhose, the traditional leather pants, while having bathing fun. The Lederhose trunks are made from a quick-drying material which is made to look like leather with a photographic printing technique. This swimming gear was especially spotted in the neighborhood of Kärnten.
An Indie Film About Discrimination And Homophobia In Turkey
For many years now Turkey is trying to present itself as a Western nation, worthy of becoming part of the European Union. But again and again there are incidents that damage this image. Not just when it comes to freedom of press, but also when it comes to the treatment of gays or of people with different sexual orientation or gender.
During the Canal Parade there was an exhibition at three different locations with art by men and women showing different sexual or gender lives: transgender, gay, lesbian, kinky, public sex. These exhibitions also contained ceramics and drawings by the upcoming artist Paul Buijs (1982). The artist was present at the opening and showed something completely different to those who were interested.
Minister Van Bijsterveldt has decided to make education on gay and trans-sexuality compulsory in all schools in The Netherlands. This became clear during a debate in Parliament. The minister’s decision is a victory for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youngsters that often have a hard time in school. It is also a reward for years of effort of the COC.
In his ‘Comments on these times’ of Monday the 21st of November on the website of the Protestant Church in The Netherlands scribe Arjan Plaisier wonders whether there can be room for celebrants that have religious objections against same sex marriages. The national foundation for coordination of groups for church and homosexuality (LKP) wonders whether the scribe hadn’t better point out to his conscientious brothers and sisters that when performing a public service you ought to keep your private views to yourself.
At the appeal hearing at the Amsterdam court of justice on Thursday the 1st of December the prosecutor has demanded five months imprisonment, three of which suspended, against a 30-year old Pole, who bashed two gay men.
Gay men, as well as bisexual men, get tested on HIV more often than before. Younger men test more often than older men, so infections are detected in earlier stages. The number of newly registered HIV diagnoses in this group is no longer going up. These are the main results of the Schorer Monitor 2011, an annual research of health, welfare and sexuality amongst gay and bisexual men in The Netherlands, and the last report of the HIV Monitor Foundation (SHM).
De tijd daarna (Afterwards) visualizes the thirty year history of HIV and AIDS in a unique way. The exhibition portrays thirty individuals who live with the disease. For every year since 1982 they portray someone who got infected that year.
The experiences and emotions of these 30 people, each with a totally separate background and age, are recorded in interviews and images. It offers a unique overview of an era.