From this autumn travelers to the US will have to fill out a form via internet, three days prior to their departure. Until now Dutch people - as well as most other EU citizens - didn’t need a visa for the States; they only needed to fill out a green customs’ form on the plane. From now on the United States’ government wants to know in advance who’s flying in. If you fail to submit your form three days in advance, you risk being denied entrance at the airport of your destination.
To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument. See http://www.pinkpoint.org
Usually I don’t have much trouble filling this page, but this time I really had to think. Because what do you write for a ten-year anniversary? Am I going to dig up all kinds of nice memories of the past ten years or look forward to the next ten to come?
Queen’s Day in Amsterdam! The drunken euphoria on a sun-kissed afternoon at the Reguliersdwarsstraat, the sweaty overindulgent hunting at a laser-bathed circuit party, the Spanish, the Germans, the Italians, the men, the boys, the Queens...
This year’s Queen’s Day celebration lasted almost a week as it was conveniently followed by Ascension day, leaving the bulk of the population in a state of traumatic exhaustion and some of us in a state of post-orgasmic bliss.
Last month the Belgian newspapers published the results of an unusual survey amongst general practitioners on their front pages. The study, which was initiated by a Belgian magazine for general practitioners and the Vlekho-school, focused on what they thought of, for example, the health costs of smokers.
Speedo’s spring/summer collection 2008 will illuminate you, as light, in all its facets, was the inspiration for the new designs. Whether you’re in or out of the water, you ought to look as good as you feel. Speedo identified two different qualities of light to express this: Laser Light and Radiant Light. The first one aims at the energy focus of professional swimmers.
Gay men are more likely to use condoms if they are distributed for free, than if they have to bring them along themselves. This is one of the conclusions of a research of sex locations in Amsterdam and Rotterdam by GGD Amsterdam at the request of Schorer. Of all the respondents that said not to use condoms if they had to take care of it themselves, one out of five claimed they would use them if they were freely available. Sex On Premises businesses in Amsterdam offer free condoms on site.
In 2005 the homophobe ambulance nurse refused to provide medical assistance to a visitor of the Ceasar Sport Sauna in The Hague. The man later died in hospital. GroenLinks has also asked formal questions in parliament about the matter.
COC is pressing charges on basis of insult and discrimination. Why the man was only brought before public law at the time is still being investigated. The question is whether the Public Prosecution has considered pressing criminal charges as well, for failing to do his duty with fatal result: manslaughter.
De burgerlijke stand op het eiland Tilos heeft dinsdag de eerste huwelijken van paren van gelijk geslacht in Griekenland gesloten. Een homopaar en een lesbisch koppel werden op het kleine eilandje in het echt gesloten, zo maakte burgemeester Anastasios Aliferis bekend. Griekse homo-organisaties maakten gebruik van een gat in een wet uit 1982. Hierin staat dat een huwelijk gesloten moet worden tussen twee mensen. Nergens is vastgelegd dat dat het een man en een vrouw moeten zijn.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the hiv /aids and children’s program of the United Nations (UNAIDS / UNICEF) have published a new report on aids that shows that there are 33 million infected people worldwide. Two-thirds of the patients live in sub-Sahara Africa.
Last year a million people in relatively poor countries with combination therapies (the treatment that suppresses the virus’ activity. The number of treatments increased with 42 % compared to 2006. The largest increase took place in sub-Sahara Africa.
Wherever you are in gay Holland, the moment you mention you’re from Enschede everyone will ask you about Bölke first, and about the fireworks disaster second. The home base of the gay scene in the Eastern part of the country is having celebrations from the 17th till the 20th of July. Its 35th birthday also breaks the record of the longest running gay disco in the Benelux.