To Italy the fashion industry is one of its most important sectors, and Italy is an important player on global level. Especially the more exclusive fashion and luxury products are doing well all over the world.
Every morning, also in the weekend, my alarmclock goes at 7.30. My two black cats run straight to their feeding bowls. They each get a handful of dry food and some snacks. Then, I make coffee in my old filter machine and roll a cigarette I put next to my PC. At a quarter to eight I visit my neighbor, miss Van der Vaart. She’s eighty-seven-years old and has arthritis in her hands.
Dear Northern Neighbors, On Saturday morning the 2nd of February last all media hell broke loose, on Facebook and other social media, but especially in the Flemish press. Spanking brand new mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever had said that civil servants at public desks are not allowed to wear rainbow colored t-shirts because this would express that they were gay and therefore “not neutral when doing their job.”
Not really unexpected, Fabiola died, sixty-six years old, on Sunday morning, the 27th of January at the Hospice Sint Jacob in Amsterdam. Fabiola was the stage name of Peter Alexander van Linden (Weilheim, Germany, May 26, 1946 - Amsterdam, January 27, 2013), who has been a well-known personality in Amsterdam since the sixties as performance artist and “living work of art.”
Ralf König. But who is that German cartoonist who so aptly knows how to characterise the gay scene? And in such a convincing way that it seems he is holding up a mirror? The amazing thing is that these cartoon situations are truly 'drawn from life,' and that it doesn't matter whether they take place in Cologne, Berlin, Amsterdam or The Hague, or anywhere else for that matter. They are familiar to anyone, a point that is proven by the many translations of his work. And for already thirty years, we can admire his work. But then again: Who is Ralf König?
In Canada Dr. Aubrey Levin, who called himself the ‘gay-healer’, was found guilty of sexually abusing his male clients and was sentenced to five years in jail. The prosecution had asked for eight years but the judge took into account with the South African 74-year old defendant’s age and health problems.
Who talks about the Dutch weekly “Elsevier” in the seventies and eighties of thelast century, mentions a pronounced right-wing medium. Nonetheless, during these years of politically polarized relationships, Rex Brico (1928) was this magazine’s talked-about, leftist (religion) reporter. He survived several editors-in-chief and conflicts and seized the opportunity to conduct important interviews.
Research on Sexual Diversity Stereotypes, Two thirds of secondary school pupils keep their distance from homosexual fellow pupils, or feel insecure about contact with them. Thirty two percent doesn’t want to sit next to a homosexual classmate. Only one third thinks that homosexuality is “a natural sexual orientation.”
The German Soccer Association, the Deutscher Fussball-Bund (DFB), has set up a working group in order to prepare and support soccer clubs in the event of players coming out of the closet. The working group has representatives of the DFB, external experts and a former professional soccer player who is gay.
On the 7th of March the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden opened an exhibition about Louis Couperus and the classical antiquity. Couperus (1863-1923) lived in Rome and Florence for years and felt, as he said himself, like a “reincarnated Roman from the days of the Empire.”
Colognes biggest gay event, Sexy, is always good for a surprise.
This time, Saturday March 23, Sexy is hosting the Grindr World Tour: after South America and a.o. Paris, Antwerp & Barcelona, Grind, the worlds’ most reknown dating site, sends many hot dancers and his sexy Star-DJ Erez Ben Ishay from Israel.
From the 9th till the 12th of May the first Amsterdam Fetish Pride will take place. Businesses, organizations and volunteers from the Amsterdam leather and fetish scenes put together a clothing market, a debate, workshops and a Mr. Leather Amsterdam competition. Highlights are the Full Fetish Party on Friday the 10th of May and XXXLeather on Saturday the 11th of May.
About Co-Parenting of a Gay Couple and a Straight Woman
Claudio and Lorenzo are five and seven, and have two fathers. That is very convenient according to Claudio: “One daddy can go to work, and the other daddy can take care of us. And the other way around the next day.”
Buddy and Pedro are back! This iconic gay duo will take up residence in the Ketelhuis again to host the Pink Movie Days once more. Het Ketelhuis is again the place to be from 13th till the 24th of March 2013; no less than twelve festival days. The grand opening party however, will take place at EYE.
On Thursday the 7th of March the pilot of Queer Amsterdam – the first Dutch drama series about queers – will premiere in the Pathé Tuschinski cinema. This special project was initiated by four young film makers and created completely independently with the motto ‘Broke, queer and creative – we produce our own drama.’