There is a new Russian phenomenon: catching gays for a date. Those boys are then ridiculed, humiliated and abused. And everything is recorded and put on Russian Facebook. Some of these clips have reached our Facebook. I am watching them full of disgust. I do not understand Russian, but what I see is sickening. Standing there is this big muscular skinhead-like guy.
A recent survey of well-to-do Chinese consumers revealed that Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior are their favorite French luxury brands. France remains the target group’s favorite destination in Europe. Chinese men represent fifty-five percent of the Chinese luxury product market, far above the general average of forty percent. This makes them a highly interesting target group for European luxury brands. Yet, there is a limit to the seemingly unstoppable increase of Chinese prosperity.
Dear Neighbors to the North, The Belgian press has discovered the gays. Or is it the other way around? A simple search in a database of articles in the Flemish press in the last month returned 386 press articles, an absolute monthly record for the past year. From the outing of Wentworth Miller to a 24-year-old welder from Deinze, who filed a complaint with management because one of his colleagues is constantly calling him a dirty faggot. Or the not very uplifting reports from Russia.
Bianca van der Schoot, Suzan Boogaerdt and Susanne Kennedy have together created the performance “Hideous (Wo)men,” an expressive and bold theater production, molded as a soap. “Hideous (Wo)men” experiments with the illusion of individual autonomy. The pressure to be a unique individual is very intense in our society. We believe we can be real and authentic individuals and shape our lives by the choices we make. But what if that’s not true? What if we’re just people wearing a mask and have learned to consider it our face? “Hideous (Wo)men” shows people like all of us.
In recent years, a rather large number of athletes has come out of the closet, both in Europe and in the United States. It seems that men in team sports are less inclined to be open about a different sexual preference than men in individual sports, but it is no longer true that the world of sports is a bastion of fearless heterosexuality.
This was never true for the film industry in Hollywood, but yet there are very few American television and film actors who are open about their homosexuality.
At the end of July, the annual meeting of leather men took place in Hamburg for the fortieth time. Reports state that at the first edition of this legendary fetish gathering, in between two hundred to almost five hundred people were present. In 1982, Gerd Pohl, co-organizer of the first meeting, wrote in the travel guide “Hamburg von hinten” that the “three hundred visitors we managed to attract from all over Germany, still have luster in their eyes thinking about it, ‘wasn’t that great.’” Within a few years, a lot had changed.
The persecution of LGBTIs in Armenia is widespread, according to the Amnesty report Armenia: No Space for Difference, published, which was published last August. The report reveals an alarming culture of persecution of individuals that are critical of the current regime or individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).
Increasing numbers of porn companies that have so far devoted themselves to condom use in their sex flicks are turning to bareback productions for economical reason, because condom-free fucking is what the public wants to watch. And so, early September Lucas Entertainment announced the release of their first “bare” sex scene. It features a real-life couple: Seth Treston and his lover, Billy Santoro.
The Federal Court of Appeal in San Francisco is of the opinion that legislation prohibiting health professionals from offering psychotherapy that aims to change the sexual orientation of young gays from homosexual to heterosexual, is not contrary to the right of free speech. In other words: the law remains in force.
One would expect that more than thirty years after AIDS was first diagnosed, the public would have informed itself about the basis facts of the disease. For example about the fact that it is not a “gay disease.” However, fundamentalist Christians in the United States still like to revert to bombastic AIDS rhetoric to make homosexuals look bad.
From October 24-27, the eighteenth edition of the Amsterdam Leather Pride will take place, with as highlight “Ruff! The Party” in the Depot on Saturday, October 26. And because eighteen years is a long time, we dove into the archives to find out about the history of Amsterdam’s longest running fetish event.
As of Saturday November 2, The Hague hosts a new event for the advancement of gay rights under the name of the WATH Festival. WATH stands for We Are The Hague and is an indoor pride with debates, dance, literature, film and parties. The WATH foundation is an initiative of four committed residents of The Hague, in collaboration with event organizers from the gay scene and the hospitality industry in The Hague.
On October 20, WORM, the Institute for Avant-gardistic Recreation, Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam, presents the film program “Flag of Ecsaty,” with films by Charles Henri Ford (1913-2002), selected by Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Shown are two sixteen millimeter productions: the twenty-four minutes long “Poem Posters” from 1967 and eighty minutes long “Johnny Minotaur” from 1973.