William F. Edmiston’s “Sade, Queer Theorist” is a marvelous book. Notwithstanding a twenty-year long history of queer theory with Sade being the “queerest theorist” of all time, this is the first academic work where he is being recognized as such. It gives a rich overview of the gender and sexual transgressions in his work and, to a lesser extent, in his life, with a strong focus on homosexuality and incest.
A couple of weeks ago the phone rang on a Sunday afternoon. “Hey Breed. It’s John. Why don’t you stop by for a drink? I have something to eat, and I want you.” “Sure,” I said. “I’d love to. I’ll be there in thirty minutes.” John and I have sex occasionally. He is a good top and a lawyer. His biggest hobby is bird watching. Sometimes he is out on the fields at five o’clock in the morning. With his friends, he is watching a very special bird. He has asked me to come along. He has extra binoculars for me, but that is not going to happen.
Dear Neighbors to the North, The governor of the US state of Arizona, Jan Brewer, may have been brave enough to use her veto power to block a bill that could possibly discriminate the homosexual community. But the controversy does raise a lot of questions.
The increase in the number of gay asylum seekers in Belgium put those who have to evaluate their files in an increasingly difficult position. How do you prove homosexuality? In Poland they prove it with psychiatric observation. Belgium asks rude questions: "When did you have anal and/or oral sex for the first time?"
Recently, teachers of the police academy in Kyrgyzstan received training on the human rights of LGBTs, sex workers and drug users. This training was given by the AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW), an organisation the COC is closely working with in the Bridging the Gaps project. Local partners of the COC were also involved in the training.
The government has decided to set up a state committee for parenthood re-evaluation to deal with legal issues concerning parenthood, co-parenting, multiple parents and surrogacy. This State Committee has been set up partly because of COC's plea for better legal protection of families with multiple parents.
Walt Disney World will stop sponsoring a local American Boy Scouts group because of their homophobic attitude. For years now, Disney has a LGBT friendly reputation. For a number of years now, they organise a Gay Day for LGBTs and their family and children, and people can have a gay wedding ceremony on their site in the US and in Tokyo.
The Bible Belt is an umbrella term for those areas in The Netherlands where orthodox-Christians, or the pietistic reformed (also called “refo’s”), represent a significant part of the population. Like a ribbon, the Bible Belt extends from the Zeeland islands via the central rivers and the Veluwe to places such as Staphorst, Rijssen, and Urk. Refo’s belong to reformed denominations such as the Gereformeerde Gemeente, the Hersteld Hervormde Kerk and the Gereformeerde Bond in de Hervormde Kerk.
The WareHouse on Warmoesstraat is one of Amsterdam’s newest nightclubs that caters itself to house music lovers. After opening in July 2013, this club with a 300 person capacity has already brought legendary nights to it’s public. Now the club is proud to present a next phase with the opening of the newest addition to the nightclub, a Chill Lounge, designed by world renowned Amsterdam based Argentinian artist, Lalo Fernandez.
Because of their timeless character and French knowhow, luxury goods that are “made in France” are well-known for quality. Products from famous French brands depend on their historical legacy and prestige, and are synonymous with quality. According to Bernard Arnault (CEO of L.V.M.H.), “a brand should be build up slowly and with a lot of patience.”
This years Kings day celebrations: Something truly to remember. Since ten years ago Paradiso embraced the Sunday’s Rapido T-dance editions, the concept gained a wide-spread international reputation. This year your best gay dance music will be even on two successive nights: Paradiso will be the perfect ambience for Rapido on Saturday April 26 and Sunday April 27.
From the 18th till the 21st of April Gay Badminton Amsterdam holds its tenth Gay & Lesbian International Easter Badminton Tournament. More than two hundred badminton players from all over Europe, Canada and Japan are expected to take part in this major badminton event. The tournament takes place at Sporthal De Pijp, Lizzy Ansinghstraat 88 in Amsterdam.
A good dose of thumping Turkish pop, nice house, and the go-go dancers and resident DJ of NEO Club Istanbul, one of the most legendary gay clubs in Istanbul, are the ingredients of the new Pink Istanbul edition. On Saturday April 18, Amsterdam’s and Istanbul’s gay scenes come together in Paradiso for a challenging night full of live-acts, DJs and performances, hosted by HOAX.
“A porno book with a cover by Rex, Toby, or Tom of Finland was sure to outsell its rivals,” Ian Young wrote in “Out in Paperback: A Visual History of Gay Pulps” (Toronto 2007) about the paperback production in the 1960s and 1970s. Tom of Finland posthumously became the pet pornographer for liberal curators who wanted to exhibit something a bit more “naughty” occasionally.