The Italian fashion industry is one of the most important industrial sectors in Italy. Worldwide, it is also a large player, particularly in the high-end and luxury segment. In 2011, the total turnover of the Italian fashion industry was approximately 63.5 billion euro, especially because of growth in foreign markets like America and Asia.
Former VPRO colleague and friend Ineke van den Bergen called me. Next to making radio programs, she also wrote a weekly column in the weekend magazine of newspaper De Volkskrant. “Reijer, I’m working on a column about the movie ‘Padre Padrone’ by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani. Have you seen that movie?”
Dear Neighbors to the North, The controversial conversion therapy, turning homosexuals into heterosexuals, is back in the spotlight. This time in China, but with a positive note. For the first time, a Chinese psychiatrist has to account for using conversion therapy on Chinese gays and lesbians in court. The subpoena is a success for Chinese gay activists, who want to get rid of the “disease” label on homosexuality.
Jan van Asch is leaving COC Amsterdam after a period of four years on the board, with the last two years as president. “I am proud of all our volunteers, who have put their heart and soul into the emancipation and acceptance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in Amsterdam.”
The asylum seeker's own statement about his sexual orientation should be the starting point in determining whether an applicant is LGBT. Medical tests and questions of a sexual nature are not allowed. This is the opinion of Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston, an important advisor of the EU's Court of Justice. A positive development, according to COC Netherlands, which offered support to the Dutch lawyer who submitted the case.
Rotterdam is getting ready for its very first Pride! During the last weekend of September Rotterdam Pride will be celebrated in the city center of this port town. Rotterdam Pride is organized in cooperation with the Rotterdam municipality, Rotterdam Festivals, the Rotterdam gay catering industry and queer organizations.
Comedian Pam Ann: ‘Gays Have Always Been My Family, So I Go Where My Friends Go’
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At the moment, the exhibition “The Aesthetic of Man” can be seen at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. The exhibition is put together by Diederick van der Lee (26), and its theme is the image of men through the eyes of men. The show sheds new light on the collection of the museum, which houses the archeological collection of the University of Amsterdam.