After four years, a second volume of “Dubbelaars/Doubles” has been published by gallery MooiMan, a 108 page, deluxe photo book in which photographer Ewoud Broeksma (1957) has fifty-three men pose dressed and naked in exactly the same position.
“Look behind you. Not too conspicuous, over your shoulders, to the right against the wall. He’s gorgeous!,” Hans told me. I saw a very handsome guy and I winked at him. We exchanged looks, and he bought us a beer. “You’re a dish,” I said. The atmosphere was sensual in the Web.
Last May, Dr. A.X. (Lex) van Naerssen (Indonesia, March 9, 1941) passed away. He was not so much an activist, but foremost an opinion maker in scientific and gay activist circles. As a scientist at the Psychology department of the University of Utrecht, he made the subject Sexology relevant to the emancipation of homosexuals, pedophiles, and several other variations in the realm of sex.
The latest book by French author Anna Gavalda titled “Billie” (translated by Jennifer Rappaport, New York: Europa Editions, 2015) is a very readable book. The protagonist Billie is a coarse trailer-trash girl and, with Franck, an outsider at school.
Last July, GLAAD and Interscope Records released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. The tribute is available at iTunes exclusively.
Patient Organization Transvisie presented its research into care for transgender people in the Netherlands. The research specifically studied the consequences of the long waiting list in the Netherlands. On average, patients wait 18-24 months for help. 26% of transgender women and 7% of transgender men are self-medicating, with serious consequences.
For the thirteenth time Phantasialand, Germany’s beloved amusement park, is hosting “Fantasypride,” the annual event for GLBT people and their friends. Not only can visitors enjoy the thrilling rides and shows Phantasialand has to offer, but also a variety of additional highlights.
With the hoisting of the rainbow flag on the square in front of the County House it is now official: As of July 6, Drenthe is the first Rainbow County of the Netherlands. With the flag, the parliament of Drente wants to give a clear message that it is committed to the safety, resilience and social acceptance of LGBTs.’ Everyone counts in Drente.’
On a Bingo Tuesday, Café the Queen’s Head on Amsterdam’s Zeedijk changed into a beach ball bar; dozens of colorful beach balls and air beds were hanging on the ceiling, summer cocktails ready, and the guys behind the bar looking hot, as always. It was time for the semi-annual “Mega Beach Bingo.”
After the victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst felt obligated to “always show her colors,” and the singer with the beard tried to participate in as many Pride events as possible. As his alter ego Tom Neuwirth, the Austrian idol gave a performance at the Rainbow Parade in Vienna with the boy band Jetzt Anders! as early as 2007, and after the Eurovison victory Conchita was a celebrated guest at the Prides in Stockholm, Madrid, Antwerp, Manchester, and many other cities. She is one of this year's EuroPride Ambassadors.
The twelfth European Drag Olympics will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016, at the Homomonument, Westermarkt in Amsterdam.
The world’s premier sporting event for drags returns to Amsterdam during Europride.
“Amsterdam Gay Pride is not just another event. It is a symbol of the open and tolerant city we want to be. We celebrate the freedom to be who you want to be. For the past twenty years, the boat parade has become inseparable from Amsterdam and is here to stay in the city center.”