Soon, lesbian duo-mothers will not have to go to court anymore to become legal parents. State Secretary Fred Teeven (Safety and Justice) has concluded the bill’s written procedure, enabling the Lower House to cast its vote on the bill before long. The COC is positive about this step and is counting on the cabinet to live up to its promise that the bill will come into effect on January 1, 2013.
Minister Gerd Leers (Immigration and Asylum) has decided that lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT’s) temporarily will not be deported to Iraq. COC member of the board Eunice den Hoedt speaks of a major step towards safety for Iraqi LGBT asylum seekers in The Netherlands.
In a recent EU report on the health of European men, some subjects were intentionally not included in the final version, for example homosexuality and gender identity. D66 Member of the European Parliament Sophie in ´t Veld labelled this as 'outright censorship' that undermines the credibility of the European Committee as defender of basic rights of LGBT’s. On her initiative, a letter was sent to responsible Member of the European Commission John Dalli for clarification.
My father had been rejected for military service. He was too skinny. Some of his peers in Wieringerwaard who did have to go, came home with great stories. And finally the time came that his first child and only son had to serve the country. He was totally upset, but at birthday parties loudly screamed: “That’s where they will make a man out of him!” Everybody had to laugh.
The winner of the national Voice OUT competition against homophobia and for respect was announced at the end of June: the Gay&Straight Alliance of UniC from Utrecht. UniC won the price because its Gay&Straight Alliance (GSA) did the most to mobilize the school. The price was awarded at the end of the information day Mijn ID Onderwijsdag, which was organized by the Dutch Expertise Centre on Education and Sexual Diversity (EduDivers) on behalf of the Onderwijsalliantie voor Seksuele Diversiteit.
One of the most beautiful shops in Haarlem, a city teeming with beautiful ones, is Gentle, the men’s underwear store in Anegang 25, in the centre of town. The premises date from about 1900. Cotex opened its doors there in 1945. They sold old-fashioned lace corsets — the merchandise was downstairs, the ladies could go upstairs to try on —, but the demand for this breath-taking article decreased, and when in 1988 Elly Koelman took over Cotex, it was clear to hear that things should change.
Dear Neighbors to the North, Not far away towards the East, danger is lurking. Ukraine, once part of the Soviet Union, is getting ready to cast its vote on some laws that will prohibit “the promotion of homosexuality.” Whatever that means.
Some months ago in Russia, a similar law was passed by the city council of Saint-Petersburg.
“Everyone has done some drugs in their time, but most aren’t as dangerous as GHB,” says Dickey Heerkens. He is the organizer of the Fuxxx parties in the center of Amsterdam since early 2012. Heerkens was alarmed by the high number of people using GHB. Already, several people have died because of it.
On July 5, Gerrit Komrij died after a short illness in the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam. Mr Komrij was born on March 30, 1944 in Winterswijk, and moved to Amsterdam in 1963, where he read Dutch and Literature, which he left unfinished. After a year in the capital he met his lover Charles Hofman. They moved in together in 1967, and Gerrit Komrij shared the rest of his life with him.
The Getto on the Warmoesstraat opened its doors more than fifteen years ago. And this was celebrated with a big party.Getto is more than just a bar where you can have a nice meal. Owners John and Bertie:“Getto is a place for like-minded people.”
The new Black Body shop recently opened its doors in the former post office on 173 Kerkstraat, near Spiegelstraat. For many residents of Amsterdam, this is a familiar spot. Especially for Rick Souwerbren, the driving force behind Black Body. Sixteen years ago, he started the business in this particular neighborhood. Besides the familiar rubber and leather which put Black Body on the map, the new store now also offers various other fetish brands.