The finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards are announced by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. Books from major mainstream publishers, from academic presses, from both long-established and new GlBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 687 submissions for the “Lammys.”
On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the results of the largest European study on hate crimes against, and discrimination of lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) will be presented in The Hague.
For now, Finland will be the only Scandinavian country that has not opened up marriage to same-sex couples. A parliamentary committee voted against the proposal to legalise same-sex marriages, making it impossible to bring the bill before the full legislature for consideration.
Dear Neighbors to the North, After it was announced that pope Benedict XVI (a.k.a. Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger) would be “discharged,” the social media were overwhelmed by euphoric posts. Newspapers and magazines recorded more moderate and less critical reactions.
According to former Polish President Lech Walesa, openly gay MPs should sit on the back row benches of de Sejm. Even worse: Walesa thinks they should sit ‘behind the wall,’ meaning outside of the building. According to Dutch newspaper Trouw, the Nobel Prize winner is howling along with ‘the Polish choir of right-wing extremists’ who are making themselves heard louder and louder.
It’s a cold Sunday night, it’s snowing outside, and the roads are somewhat slippery. One of those nights to be a couch potato, and watch some television while channel hopping. But I already committed myself to a think tank get-together about the future of bookstore Vrolijk, and I am on my way to the Betty Asfalt Complex in the center of Amsterdam.
France is still destination number one for rich Chinese consumers. The French brands Chanel, Christian Dior en Louis Vuitton are the most popular among these well-to-do Chinese men and women. China is the most important player in keeping the wheels of the worldwide luxury market turning.
Amsterdam is one of the most attractive cities in Europe for gays and lesbians. It is the city with the first gay monument and the first gay marriage in the world. Nowhere on earth can you find as many gay attractions per square meter as in the centre of Amsterdam. No wonder that Amsterdam has so many gay and lesbian visitors.
The Queensland Institute of Medical Research claims to have discovered how a HIV protein can be changed in order to protect the body from infection and counteract further spreading of the virus. Professor David Harrich says that 'even though we cannot cure HIV with this, by changing the found protein, the human cells will be protected from AIDS.'
On the occasion of the seventieth birthday of Marcel Julius Joosen, one of the best Dutch “male sculptures” artists, Gallery MooiMan organizes an exhibition of his work in Groningen till May 5, 2013. The exhibition is opened by art historian Johanna Jacobs, former (head)curator of Het Markiezenhof in Bergen op Zoom, the jubilee book Beelden Sculptures, and three Jubilee Sculptures are also presented.
Normally, the rainbow flag flies in pride, but Poetin's visit is not exactly a festive occasion. This initiative calls on municipalities, political parties, universities, and other organisations to fly the rainbow flag at half-mast on April 7 and 8.
Minister Ivo Opstelten has pointed out to Russia that the rights of lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders must be respected. This follows the international treaties Russia has signed, the Minister of Security and Justice states.