Dear Neighbors to the North, The deadline for this column was on Sunday, January 11th, the day one million French people took to the streets in Paris. They did so to vent their grief over the terrorist acts that had taken place in the Parisian streets.
In 1969, the well-known and then forty-year-old Dutch essayist Rudy Kousbroek confessed: “I had never seen a sex film.” In 2015 it seems unbelievable that someone his age would say such a thing, especially with an undertone of missing out on something.
When we were little boys, we were peeing next to each other in a ditch. Being little boys, Jan, a neighborhood boy and I were warned not to pee against barbed wire. But Jan and I were curious. “Do you dare?,” Jan asked.
“We made love like tigers until dawn.”
The thousands of more or less hysterical ladies who attended the funeral of Rudolph Valentino in 1926 in New York, would have been horrified by this diary entry, in which their idol describes a courtship with a young man. “The hero of millions of women and girls” (as Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf described him), the star of films as “The Sheikh” and “A Rogue’s Romance,” was bisexual.
This spring, Gallery MooiMan organizes a series of exhibitions in which thematic visions on the male in art are displayed. The tripartite exhibition’s first part, “Masculin Masters: the New Figurative Men,” will not only show works by prominent artists such as Daniel Barkley (Canada), but will also see the launch of the eighth book published by the gallery - a biography of Cornelius McCarthy.
The rights of homosexuals in the Russian Federation continue to be restricted. Since last January, a new law is in place in which it has become illegal for Russian transsexuals and transvestites to drive a car.
The social networking site Facebook, which always claimed to be pro-LGBT, has once again severely disappointed the gay, and in particular the trangender community. This time it is because it has allowed a page that targeted a transgender girl who committed suicide for not fitting in.
Up to 2017, the Dutch government will free up 1 million Euros to tackle forced marriages, honour-related violence and homophobia. Minister of Social Affairs and Employment Lodewijk Asscher has announced this in a letter to the Dutch Lower House.