Dear Neighbors to the North,
In Belgium, HIV treatment costs 1,027.50 Euros per patient per month, or 12,330 Euros per year. These are some of the conclusions of a study from the University of Hasselt on the total economic health costs of HIV treatment in Belgium.
Theo van Willigenburg (1960), ethics professor in Rotterdam, has served a prison sentence for sexual contact with underaged boys. He questions this sentence in his book “Gevallen vogel” [Fallen Bird]. He also describes his fate as a sex offender and homosexual in prison.
At the opening of the exhibition “‘Gijsen, flikker op!’, the Reverend Gremdaat, one of the alter egos of comedian and author Paul Haenen, delivered a sermon De bisschop en het ontstaan van Roze Zaterdag” (Gijsen Piss Off: The Bishop and the Emergence of Pink Saturday).
William Wellman’s epos “Wings” (1927) is remarkable in more than one way. It was the first picture to receive an Oscar in the category Best Motion Picture; one of the first pictures with nudity (medically examined recruits were naked with their backs to the camera); it was also one of the first in which a man passionately kisses another man.
On the eighty-third birthday of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor, February 27, 2015, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced a new partnership with AIDS United and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) to renew the attention of Americans, the entertainment industry and news media on the fight to end HIV and AIDS once and for all.
Two studies, the British PROUD study and the French / Canadian IPERGAY study, again show that PrEP can protect against HIV infection. PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: taking HIV medication preventively, before one is exposed to the HIV virus in order to prevent catching the virus. The studies were presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2015) in Seattle.
The recovery in the fashion industry is under pressure because of constant clearances in particular. These sales periods are becoming increasingly longer, and the discount rates increasingly higher. Mid-season and pre-sales have become established expressions, and so now, consumers are expecting low prices throughout the year. This forces retailers to deal with imposed price pressure.
On the 9th of March 1803 Jillis Bruggeman was the last person to be condemned to death for homosexual acts in our country. To commemorate his execution, and as a protest against LGTB prosecution worldwide, a memorial is erected in his honour in Schiedam and the first Jillis Bruggeman Medal is awarded to Amnesty International.
A new location was found for the International Gay Monument in The Hague. At the insistence of COC Haaglanden, and with the cooperation of political parties D66 and VVD, the monument now gets a prominent place close to the Koekamp near The Hague Central Station.
The Biblical Museum (Bijbels Museum) hosts the special photo exhibition 'I BELIEVE I AM GAY’ about religion and homosexuality as of Friday, March 13. In this exhibition, photographers Hadas Itzkovitch and Anya Lit show 37 photographic portraits of homosexual and lesbian Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.
Someone once asked a very young Maurice Heerdink what he wanted to be when he grew up. “A millionaire or an artist,” was the answer. “Why didn’t I become a millionaire?,” the now nearly sixty-year-old sighs in the recently published book “The Art of Maurice Heerdink.” It becomes clear from the publication of this retrospective that one of the futures Heerdink saw for himself in his youth did come true.