Campaigners on the Greek island of Lesbos are to go to court in an attempt to stop the gay rights organization “Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece” from using the term “lesbian.” The islanders say that if they are successful they may then start to fight the word lesbian internationally. The issue boils down to who has the right to call themselves Lesbians. Is it women loving women, or the 100,000 people living on Greece’s third biggest island - plus another 250,000 expatriates who originate from Lesbos?
To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See http://www.pinkpoint.org
One stormy day four dapper and perky looking girls walk into the kiosk. I immediately know they’re from the country, don’t ask me what it is exactly that gives it away but you see it instantly. Maybe it’s the jacket that’s a little too tight, the style that’s just out of fashion, or maybe it’s the caps with AMSTERDAM embroidered on it.
The LGBT community of a city will typically present an annual parade, sometimes in the context of a longer celebration including performances, dances, street parties, and the like. Most LGBT pride parades, take place in the middle of the year, particularly in June, to commemorate the Stonewall riots.
Amsterdam, second half of the 1980s. Together with the publisher of the gay magazine “GA-Magazine” I leave his house above a boy’s club. There’s a man in the doorstep looking at the photos in the display. The publisher looks, and looks again: “Mister Cadinot?” Indeed, we’d run into the world famous French pornographer, although Cadinot himself, like many of his generation, didn’t like the word pornography because it has a negative connotation.
I admit, the title is straight from the marketing manuals. And who or what has an image problem I hear you wonder? The answer might not please you, if you didn’t guess it by now: Amsterdam, what once was the gay capital of Europe (and according to some, of the world).
Toegegeven, de titel komt regelrecht uit de marketinghandboeken. En wie of wat heeft een imagoprobleem hoor ik jullie denken? Het antwoord zal jullie misschien niet zo plezieren (voor zover jullie het zelf nog niet doorhadden): Amsterdam, toch lange tijd de homohoofdstad van Europa (en volgens sommigen zelfs van de wereld) geweest.
Wrangler got its inspiration for the Spring/Summer collection from a unique and exciting history: its own start in 1904. The company is going back to basic with key words: real craftsmanship, robust clothes, functional and simple in design. Completely new cuts for men are introduced; new techniques make them completely modern, with emphasis on traditional accents.
Het voornemen van minister Hirsch Ballin het verbod op godslastering uit te breiden tot het beledigen van een godsdienst of levensbeschouwing krijgt geen steun in het kabinet. Dat zou blijken uit een verspreking van vicepremier Bos (PvdA) aldus het Nederlands Dagblad. Vorige week zette het ministerie van Justitie een brief op de eigen website waarin CDA-minister Hirsch Ballin aankondigde het verbod te willen verruimen. Ook het beledigen van een godsdienst of een levensbeschouwing zou eronder moeten vallen. De brief stond drie dagen op de site maar werd toen ingetrokken.
A bit later than we’re used to.... but here they are, the first plans for Gay Pride 2008. But we’re confused already. A few years ago GBA was the only organizer, now there are several. Pro Gay, Hugo Braakhuis’ organization that took over from GBA, is now chaired by Frank van Dalen. He states in a press release that he’s going to stage the Canal Parade and claims to go for “content and broadening of the scope of the event. The Parade itself will be organized by bureau O=4.
MuseumgoudA will show the work of the Iranian artist Sooreh Hera including the controversial photo’s that caused such a commotion over the past months. The work will be shown during a manisfestation in October 2008 organized by MuseumgoudA and the Verzetsmuseum Zuid Holland (Resistance Museum).
Hera caused uproar when Wim van Krimpen, director of the municipal museum in The Hague refused to take up a few photos of gay Iranian men with the masks of the prophet Mohammed and his son Ali.
In light of over 20 years of failed AIDS vaccine research on which billions of dollars of U.S. taxpayer money have been spent, we believe it is simply unconscionable for the U.S. government to continue such wasteful funding while millions worldwide die for want of access to the AIDS research breakthrough that occurred more than 10 years ago -- life-saving antiretroviral treatment. There are not just two or three AIDS vaccine candidates that have failed. Every AIDS vaccine candidate to date has failed. Leading scientists, including Nobel Prize winner Dr. David Baltimore, have even gone so far as noting that we are no closer to the discovery of an AIDS vaccine today than we were 20 years ago.
All locals heaved a sigh of relief when the ‘partying’ mob finally left the city. Nothing left but memories of binging, barfing and pissing hicks and 400 tons of trash. Police states it was quiet one but the media know better. Over a hundred arrests for violence and vandalism etc. The organization of the Tolerance Fashion Show doesn’t think it was quiet at all either. The gay fashion show that was held on the Rembrandtplein was interrupted by an assault of so-called allochtonen, youth of immigrant descent.
The recently elected mayor of Rome, the former neo fascist Gianni Alemanno, thinks Gay Pride in his city is ‘showing off your sexuality’. The city council should come up with a formula to make gay pride less controversial, he thinks. The new mayor of the Italian capital says he respects gays. “I know a few and I don’t discriminate but I’m afraid Gay Pride is too much about showing off your sexuality and I am against exhibitionism whether it concerns heterosexuality or homosexuality.” Rome has had a left-wing mayor for about 15 years.
The debate on the quotes of PvdA council member Yman Mahrach is still rampant on the PvdA website. Now the Young Socialists also call in. They think the flat response of the PvdA fraction is not sufficient. Fraction Chair Manon van der Garde should set the norm and expell Yman Mahrach. Mahrach has made one mistake too many: she went to a inegration debate and just ‘wanted to listen’, she also thought Soorah Hera’s art ‘went too far’.
European youngsters purposely drink alcohol in order to improve their sex-life. A large-scale research over nine different countries has shown this. The study also reveals that lots of adolescents drink, or take drugs strategically. One third of the men between 16 and 35, and 23% of the women said they drink alcohol to increase their chances on sex. Over a quarter of the cocaine users amongst the respondents said they used it to lengthen their sex sessions. Drug use could also be strongly linked to promiscuity.
A survey amongst 1750 youngsters between 12 and 24 years old, shown on Een Vandaag on TV, shows that they have no interest in the problems of the world. Live without luxury to quench starvation elsewhere? Almost half of the respondents said: “I don’t think so!” They’re willing to part with a small percentage of their allowance or wage for this problem but that’s about it. When posed with the statement that war is sometimes necessary, like in Afghanistan, youngsters show to be divided: 47 % agrees, 45% disagrees.