Dear Neighbors to the North, A rather large number of national and international politicians, opinion makers, and of course homosexuals, has an opinion about all the fuss over the anti-gay laws and its possible effect on the Winter Olympics that will take place in five months in Sochi, Russia.
It was the first fall training session for the local soccer team. The weeks of recess meant that the team were buzzing with news of their holiday activities and concentration was not topnotch. In addition there was a new coach who wanted their attention and was determined one way or another to get the team shaped up in time for victories as the season got underway.
Twenty-five years now, the Dutch government has an active policy on the emancipation of GLBT citizens. In those years, different “interventions” were developed for the emancipation of this group. New research shows that there are many interventions available, particularly when it comes to increasing the level of acceptance, but that in most cases, the effectiveness of these projects is hardly ever evaluated.
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague will make extra efforts to increase the level of acceptance of homosexuality in their Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Dutch Antilles communities. For this purpose, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) will put aside approximately 800,000 Euro
IHLIA Leeuwarden (the former Anna Blaman House), the Frisian branch of the IHLIA foundation, will be closed as of October 1, 2013. IHLIA, the international gay/lesbian library, archive, information and documentation center, is Europe’s largest institution of its kind, and has branches in Amsterdam and Leeuwarden.
Mister B has teamed up with renowned Dutch photographer Erwin Olaf for the new 2013/2014 marketing campaign. Promising kinky and stylish eroticism, Mister B goes “back to basics” with a tribute to the early years of fetish. Cruising, mystery, the unexpected and excitement were the main ingredients of gay culture during that time and Erwin Olaf is set to capture that feeling in his own unique way.
“If someone is homo and seeks God and has good intentions, who am I to judge him.” This recent statement by the jolly and cuddly Pope Francis came as a real bombshell to many. For the first time since time immemorial, a Pope showed mercy to his gay fellow man. That the Pope only meant those who are celibate, did not cast a shadow on the joy of the free-thinkers. Finally a Pope with something positive to say.
On September 28 a stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s famous novel “The Trial” will have its premiere in Dutch theaters. The play is performed by theater company Oostpool. Director Marcus Azzini calls it an “extremely topical” drama about justice and culpability, and the absurdity of these. Joeri Vos adapted the novel for the stage and Stefan Rokebrand plays the leading role.
Miss Windy Mills, better known as one of Amsterdam’s leading drag performers, showed that she’s got more to her than just tits and ass by winning her third Olympic Gold title. She edged out Miss Nixx and Didi Licious who took silver and bronze respectively during the ninth International Drag Olympics held during Pride.
In the Turkish community, homosexuality is still a sensitive subject that’s hardly discussed. Both in Turkey and The Netherlands, the emancipation of GLBTs is developing slowly. Visible homosexuality is perceived as a big threat. In Turkey, the Erdogan regime is putting a lot of energy into keeping any protest against islamization, both political and moral, out of the public eye. The traditional media is controlled by government censorship and increased self-censorship, and those two elements are still the most important issues that need to be fought to enable visibility.
The revenue in the Italian fashion industry has only seen a decrease of five percent to sixty billion Euros over 2012. “We are back at the revenue level of 2010,” says Mario Borselli, head of Milan’s Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana. “And that isn’t too bad if you consider the impact of the global credit crunch. To us, the challenge has not been an easy one.
Michael van Praag, president of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), will talk to the Russian Minister of Sports Vitali Moetko about the controversial Russian law that bans ‘gay propaganda’. “I will tell him it is out of order in this modern world, and that he should do something about it,” van Van Praag told Dutch public broadcaster NOS.
“All of the innocent, starry-eyed men who flowed into the City during the 1960s and 1970s were abruptly brought to their knees in the early 1980s by the AIDS epidemic. [...] The many factions of the community - the piss elegant snobs, the clones, the muscle sissies, the drag queens, the lumberjacks, the cowboys, the leather bikers, the leather non-bikers, and the non-leather bikers, the Royal Courts, the hustlers, and (have I missed anyone?) all had but one paranoid thought on their mind. ‘Am I going to die?,’”
On September 8, gallery MooiMan opens the exhibition “Summer Fruit” with paintings by Nebojsa Zdravkovic and Martin-Jan van Santen, and sculptures by Wim van der Kant. Nebojsa Zdravkovic was born in Belgrade in 1959, and studied at noted art academies. He is a creative artist with a powerful temperament, having won several art prices in Serbia.