Nothing is more fickle than man. This becomes clear when considering the phenomenon homosexuality. “Half a century ago, it was perfectly normal to claim that homosexuality was a disease. Nowadays, those who defend this position are considered sick themselves,” according to the authors of a solid book on views of homosexuality, “Born this Way: Een filosofische blik op wetenschap en homoseksualiteit” (Born this Way: A philosophical view on science and homosexuality; 2015).
I found a mourning card in the mail. “After a long sickbed, WIM DE GROOT passed away in hospital.” I was upset. That sweet Wim had not survived lymphoma. I walked back to my apartment, thinking. Some months ago I had visited Wim in hospital, where he occupied a double.
Reports in the press indicate that President Barack Obama is planning to honor the Stonewall Inn as the first ever National Monument dedicated to GLBT rights. The bar on Christopher Street in New York’s Greenwich Village was the site of riots on June 28, 1969.
Dear Neighbors to the North, although I write this column when the Belgian Pride still has to take place, not to worry. Just as previous year, Belgian Pride has already caused some commotion, even before the first drag queen with feathers up his ass is shaking his hips in a pretentious manner in front of a camera lens. The Brussels city council decided some weeks ago to change the yearly meeting place from Beursplein to the Kunstberg in the Central Station area.
The idea for Kazmok started in 2010 and came from crowned designer and company founder Dinand Stufkens. He went looking for other base materials than the average materials used for mass production. During his quest, Dinand spent the last five years collecting, testing and optimizing various used materials, such as old conveyor belts at airports and canvas used for military tents.
In 2001, the Netherlands had a first when civil marriage was opened up to people of the same sex. On the first of April, the first couples were married in Amsterdam. At EuroPride, this anniversary will be celebrated, and we call on other countries to follow our lead.
We think we know Robert De Niro. We know him as Travis Bickle or Vito Corleone or any number of other gangsters or bad guys, as a film hero with a tough exterior. Therefore, for many it might come as something of a surprise that GLAAD, the world’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender media advocacy organization, honored the Academy Award-winning actor at the twenty-seventh Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York.
The extremist and ultra-orthodox Jew Yishai Shlissel was found guilty of murder and six murder attempts. On June 30, 2015, he attacked six people during the Jerusalem Gay Pride, after which a 16-year-old girl died of her injuries. The degree of the punishment has not been established yet.
The Magistrate in Leeuwarden passed sentence that the owner of agricultural wholesaler De Boer in Drachten has to pay compensation to Bas van der Meer, the student who was refused an internship because of his homosexual orientation.
In Bangladesh the gay activists Xulhaz Mannan and Tonoy Mojumdar were killed with chopping knives, most likely by Islamic activists, in their apartment in Dhaka. The five or six murderers accessed the apartment by pretending to be couriers delivering a package. One of the guards of the apartment was injured and admitted to hospital.
On June 22, at IHLIA the second edition of QueerTalk will take place. The last few years several stories of trans people were brought to the attention of the general public. Sharing stories and gaining insight in the lives of trans people is important for gaining knowledge and could potentially empower trans people.
EU member states are strengthening their mutual hate crime approach and will improve the help for victims. Methods used to record and report hate crimes will now be interchanged via an online compendium. Minister Ard van der Steur and director Michael O’Flaherty of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launched the website in Amsterdam during an EU conference on hate crime.
The Spanish men’s clothing brand Addicted has presented its new 2016 swimwear collection, called “Summer of Love” as a tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the hippie festival that took place in 1967 in San Francisco.