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Gay News issue 285, May 2015 (13)

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The Prince on the Silver Screen, Part 4

One can’t accuse Bob Mizer of being gutless. 1947 was the year he had his first run-in with the law when he had sold the pictures he had made of almost naked bodybuilders to enthusiasts. They were found to be “obscene.” Bob’s barrister advised him to plead guilty in order to avoid a trial. The 25-year-old didn’t listen.
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Reijers World: ‘Pssst... Tu veut faire l’amour?’

In 1974, Lefert, my boyfriend/husband, and I planned our first long vacation, a group tour of Tunisia and a part of Algeria. I was not looking forward to the group, but the travel agency assured us that in that heat, we would see more that way. We weren’t used to being an open gay couple yet, and after the necessary inoculations and preparations it was time to go.
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The Bomber Jacket

The history of the bomber jacket goes back to 1915, when French and Belgian fighter pilots (or bomber pilots) wore leather jackets to protect them from the cold. After this period did American air force pilots also get these leather flight jackets.
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Letter from Brussels: The Onkelinx ‘Revolt’

Dear Neighbors to the North, Some weeks ago, the Belgian gay community was in turmoil. Well, mostly in Brussels and the Walloon provinces. What happened? Federal minister of Social Affairs and Health, Maggie De Block, had cancelled the national HIV plan that is primarily meant to counteract the spread of HIV.
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‘AIDS Made Better Writers Out Of A Lot Of People’

In his recently published “Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS” novelist and critic Dale Peck has made a powerful and moving personal account of the turbulent decade between 1987 and 1996, a time in which he was both discovering his adult identity and living amidst an epidemic that claimed many of those closest to him.
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Malta Votes in Gender Identity Act

The Maltese parliament has unanimously voted in favour of a ground-breaking Gender identity law early April. The act offers an unprecedented broad recognition and protection to transgenders and people with an intersex condition.
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Straight Teenage Boys More Homophobic

An Australian study shows that in spite of the fact that there is a lot of support for gay marriage, the message: 'It is OK to be gay or lesbian, still does not come across with youth.
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US Boy Scouts Appoint Gay Leader

The American Boy Scouts in New York may get into trouble for openly appointing a homosexual as leader. The policy of this youth movement states that only members that are under-aged can be openly gay.
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Victory for Gays and Lesbians in Ireland

Irish senators have approved a bill on the right of adoption by gay and lesbian couples. The Lower House had already passed the bill at an earlier stage. Now, the LGBT community only has to wait for the Irish president Michael D Higgings to sign it.
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US State Rejects Homophobic Law

The homophobic bill that was passed in the US State of Indiana will be adjusted in a way that it will protect gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders.
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New edition of the Amsterdam Gay Map, out now!

Before the flood of 2015 tourists will wash over Amsterdam, the new up-to-date Amsterdam Gay Map has been distributed all over the city.
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Street Art at Belgian Pride in Brussels

Around Belgian Pride, as of May 1, a permanent forty meters long mural is unveiled, with works by the renowned artists Ralf König and Fotini Tikkou.
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May 4 Remembrance Day at Homomonument

Ever since the Homomonument was unveiled in 1987, GLBTQ representatives gather on the large pink triangles on Remembrance Day (4th of May). The first Remembrance Day at the Homomonument in Amsterdam took place in 1988. It started out with just a handful of people, but has since become an impressive alternative to the national Remembrance Day on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.
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