A message from my sister. “Hey Wil, can you give a presentation in Enkhuizen? Please contact Lia Brouwer, she works for West-Friesland Libraries.” Sometime later, I speak to Lia on the phone and hear what they would like me to do if I’m interested in giving a presentation during the Pink Week West-Friesland. “We would like to have you represent the GLBT community as a gay author.”
The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups and the humanitarian NGO "New Generation" in Yerevan, Armenia, were forced to announce that the Forum of LGBT Christians in Eastern Europe and Central Asia was cancelled. The organizers are saddened and deeply disappointed that political violence, death threats and vandalism directed towards LGBTIs constitute a serious threat to the safety of the participants.
There will be a large and independent international investigation into the human rights violations in Chechnya and includes the persecution of homosexuals in this Russian Republic. The investigation was announced by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) early November.
IHLIA with pride. Forty years of IHLIA, the forty years from “Lesbian Archives” and “Homodok” to the LGBT Heritage Centre. IHLIA is on the look-out for a new generation that will bring the centre into the next forty years. What was the energy that led to the creation of the centre, who initiated it, what did we do with it, as well as the question: is the world of yester-year that much different from the world of today?
Early November, the first collection of short stories by Norbert Splint was presented at the VOC Café de Schreierstoren in Amsterdam. We should fear the worst if we go by the title of the book “Dood kind” (Dead child). And indeed: children are born lifeless or barely make it to secondary school, after which they tend to be suicidal.
A wide use of the HIV prevention pill PrEP can, on the long term, put an end to the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men. That is the conclusion of a study conducted by Dutch researchers, published in the scientific journal AIDS early November.
With winter fast approaching it takes some getting used to the colder weather after such an exceptionally hot summer. Luckily for us we have the A.S.V. Gay (Amsterdam Gay Student Union Gay) to help us get through the coming months with a large selection of activities for our members, as well as our weekly get-together every Wednesday, which provides the perfect opportunity to take a break from the somewhat mundane weekly study routine.
You’re a tourist trudging around in the rain looking for that elusive Monday night sparkle. You scored at the weekend and don’t want it to end. Or you just love cocktails – whatever day it is. Well, you’re in luck.
Transvestism Cabaret Amsterdam is in its twenty-fifth year. Since 1993, the “ladies” and some gentlemen are presenting this sparkling theatre shows, with glitter and glamour to the fullest. These shows have live songs, self-written or modified, cabaret-like sketches, and vaudeville. Preferably with a wink and a hint of oh-la-la... and the Christmas editions are coming up!
When you are reading this, it is almost December 5, or that day has just past. In the Netherlands, we celebrate the children’s party Sinterklaas on that day. Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) is the prematurely born brother of Santa Claus. Originally, Sinterklaas is from Turkey. Long and long ago, however, they did not know where that country was exactly. For convenience sake, the children were told he arrived on his boat from Spain, bearing gifts and accompanied by his assistant Black Pete.
Carl & Ronnie met in 2003 through mutual friends, who set them up on a blind date. In 2009, they moved to Amsterdam to the heart of the city and shortly after bought a beautiful apartment right in the middle of Reguliersdwarsstraat.
Liquid Kiddy is a new party concept, bringing you three amazing party-concepts under one roof: the sweaty Urban style of Totally, the kinky performances and progressive sound of Damage party and last but not least the internationally known PAPA party by Eliad Cohen with its sexy dancers and international line-up.
This Friday, November 30, the second in the series of Margriet van der Linden’s new KRO-NCRV TV documentary series “How to be Gay” will be aired on NPO2. In this, Margriet van der Linden answers the question of what it is like to be gay. In six episodes she visits, among other countries, the Russian Federation, China, France, and the United Kingdom.