The Spanish banking crisis, the real-estate crash in Ireland and the Greek debt crisis keep all European countries in a suffocating grip. So economies falter, markets become nervous and pessimistic consumers are unwilling to spend money. How important can expensive designer wear be in these uncertain times?
LGBTI ALMS Conference 2012. Between the 1st and the 3rd of August, more than one hundred individuals from all around the world (among others from Europe, South Africa, Canada, the USA and Australia) gathered together to attend the fourth edition of the LGBTI ALMS Conference, organized by IHLIA within the venues of the Public Library Amsterdam.
At least since the destruction of the Twin Towers there has been much ado about the hostile attitude of Islam towards homosexuality. Of course, the precision of the instructions how to kill homosexuals - not only by throwing them from the highest buildings, but “head down,” and then stone them - is of an outrageous perverseness. But with all the fuss about Islam, it’s easily forgotten that most other world religions are, deep down, of the same opinion.
Club Church is launching a new party this year: Hello Pozzums! A sexy party exclusively for HIV positive men. Church is aware of the fact that the concept could raise eyebrows and even turn out controversial and still it’s determined to go ahead. Why?
Over the past decades there has been a steady interest in the so-called physique photography, the erotic images for gay men in the fifties and sixties. These photos could be ordered printed and delivered by mail, but they were also published in specialized magazines. These magazines didn’t publish anything obviously homosexual, but “each issue was so clearly designed by and for gay men it was obvious to even the youngest and most inexperienced of them,” observes F. Valentine Hooven in “Beefcake: The Muscle Magazines of America 1950-1970” (Cologne 1995).
Aside from the Olympic Games there was also a porn trial held in London this summer. Simon Walsh, a magistrate with political ambitions, was accused of possessing “extreme pornographic images.” The images were of a fist scene, a man with a gas mask, and “sounding” (to insert things into the urethra). The charge was that these activities would be harmful, so that images of it are illegal. The accused risked a jail sentence of up to three years.
The first weekend of November it’s time for Leather Pride Amsterdam 2012! Hundreds of men will come to Amsterdam again to celebrate their “leather” fetish. But it’s not just about leather, rubber lovers are also catered for and there’s even a party for fans of “fighting.”
The 8th International Drag Olympics held on Friday 3rd of August was a resounding success with twenty-four of the world’s top drag queen and king athletes smashing several long-held records as they competed for Olympic Gold.
Dear Northern Neighbors, The deadline for me to hand in this column was just before the last day of the Olympic Games in London. An event on world scale, literally, people have been saying for years already just how successful it’s going to be. I wonder if anyone in a job interview would ever bang their own drum so loudly without getting a little negative mark from the head interviewer.
Regular visitors of London will probably know the party: HARD ON. This party has been entertaining a steady group of loyal visitors from all over the world for years, the best DJs on the decks and anything goes. Friday Sept. 28 at Club Fuxxx, Amsterdam.