In the transitory world of fashion, some designers seem to be immortal, and Karl Lagerfeld was one of them. Or rather: “Kaiser Karl,” as he was respectfully called by many, referring to this impressive and long track record in various well-known fashion houses, such as Chanel, Fendi, Mariana, and Pierre Balmain. But a fashion genius like Karl Lagerfeld is ultimately just a man of flesh and blood.
Perhaps gay life in Europe in the 1920s became somewhat livelier, but with the rise of Hitler and the Nazis it certainly became bleaker when murder became the rule. In its initial phase after 1917 the Soviet Union may have preached progress and justice, but that came to an end immediately after the civil war and completely with the arrival of the totalitarian Stalin and the introduction of anti-gay legislation.
Some look down on the fetish scene, but in this day and age, it is important that people can show their true feelings. Sitting next to me at The Web Bar is Raymond Timmer, now a well-known name in the gay community and not just in Amsterdam.
The month of April - the start of spring, the opening of the festival season, and, of course, the month of our king’s birthday! Our beautiful association had again organized a whole range of events during this period.
Dear Neighbors to the North, Five years ago, a prominent orthopaedic surgeon from Brussels got into trouble. In the university hospital he worked at, he had hurled all kinds of anti-Semitic reproaches towards a Jewish assistant-in-training during an operation. The story leaked to the media. The surgeon was not aware of any harm done, but forgot to take the Israeli lobby machine into account. That was also my first introduction to this powerful lobby group.
LGBTI interest groups COC Netherlands, TNN and NNID are angry about the unambitious "action plan" against anti-LGBTI violence that Minister Grapperhaus (Security) has sent to the Dutch Lower House last April. The interest groups are asking members of the Lower House to ask Grapperhaus questions about this lack of ambition, and demand that further measures against violence are taken.
2019 is a jubilee year: ten years of Alkmaar Pride. And that it’s still necessary to actively spead the message that one is proud of who one is and can love who one wants became extremely clear after the recent, and appropriate, fuss about the Nashville Statement.
With these painful words, Pride Ambassador Dolly Bellefleur -in her letter to Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf” - describes how she, and others with her, had experienced the 2018 Canal Parade as a participant.
For several years, visit.brussels has been making it a point of honor to promote Brussels as the gay-friendly capital of 500 million Europeans. Today, courtesy of its humanistic culture and modern legislation, Brussels stands out even more in the European landscape.
Between June 27 and July 12, 1942, four pamphlets were distributed by post under several hundred “carefully chosen” people in Germany. The anonymous pamphlets, in rather high-spirited and highly intellectual prose full of quotes from well-known German poets, called for passive opposition to Adolf Hitler.
It’s May 4 once again (the day on which the Dutch commemorate their war dead). People come together around the three pink granite triangles that form the Homomonument behind the Westerkerk in Amsterdam, where at 8.00 p.m. a two-minute silence will descend around the Gay Monument.
Entertainment from the Bottom of the Heart. On the second and third of May the Amsterdam drag queen Miss Donna-Ray Jones will present a completely new show at Restaurant Adam & Siam. Under the all-embracing title “Don’t Feed the Drag Queens” the diva presents a finger-licking fabulous performance.