Waloy van Gelderen, teacher of German at the Pleincollege Nuenen near Eindhoven, was forced to leave his job because of an incident concerning his homosexuality. He filed an official complaint with the Education Inspection and also told the police he felt threatened by a student.
The 45-year old teacher from Helmond feels deserted by the school board of directors. He’s called in sick. The board doesn’t want to respond ‘for reasons of privacy.’ The Education Inspection simply confirms it received the complaint and that it’s reviewing the need for investigation. A spokesperson of police says they will contact Van Gelderen soon again to obtain additional information.
Students are popular lust objects and that’s not very surprising because they’re young and, as John Butler writes in his preface to “Teacher is the Best Experience” (2007), “most are probably horny.” As the title of Butler’s novel indicates, there are also the teachers, who are “hiding their libido behind textbooks and reading glasses, and asking the kids to stay behind for ‘extra credit,’” according to the blurb of the anthology “Dorm Porn 2" (2007).
A friend of mine who works in a gay shop told me recently that an elderly Spanish gay couple had asked for a calendar with work of “that famous Dutch graphic artist.” The shop assistant assumed that they were after Fritz of Holland (whose work was featured on a calendar a few years ago), but after a bit of confusion the gentlemen appeared to be looking for Anton Pieck!
Since September well-known queer drag personality Dolly Bellefleur hosts a television show on Amsterdam’s local channel AT5. Every Thursday she presents from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m. “Kort Amsterdams Live,” together with, amongst others, Suzanne Blonk and showbiz reporter Frank Awick. In Amsterdam and a large part of the province of North Holland this varied show can be received by cable.
To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument.
We’ve had them from day one, here at Pink Point, and every volunteer develops his own technique to deal with them. I’m talking about flocks of tourists who come to the Westermarkt as an Anne Frank House stopover in their rush from de Zaanse Schans on their way to the Keukenhof. They’ve often sat in the bus for hours and they’re so relieved to be out that they often swarm to the kiosk like vultures would a starving wildebeest.
The Danish fashion label Mads Norgaard-Copenhagen introduces their first line of underwear, made of 100% organic cotton. Without lycra, only cotton. Fabricated in one of the oldest underwear factories in Denmark. The collection consists of two models: boxer shorts with narrow legs and the familiar brief, both in black as well as in white. Additionally there are temporary models every season with political texts on the waistband. The white boxer says “Free Tibet” and the black one proclaims “Obama for President.”
The year is almost up. The American elections have turned back the clock for married gay folk in California and I thought to look back at some remarkable things that were said in the Flemish press by or about gays in the past year. I hope you have fun reading it!
Minister Plasterk has given subsidy to the “Coming True” project of RefoAnders to promote acceptance of homosexuality amongst the orthodox Christians. “We question this project because it seems to be contradicting the Minister’s own principle that it’s necessary to promote acceptance through dialogue and public debate,” says Wouter Neerings, chairman of COC Nederland. Minister Plasterk himself stated in his paper “Gewoon Homo Zijn” (Just Being Gay) that it was very necessary to have dialogue and public debate as most “orthodox religions reject homosexuality and homosexual behavior.”
The government is prepared to support a bid for another Amsterdam edition of the Gay Games. Minister Verhoeven of Economy stated this together with the Minister of Education Plasterk and Foreign Affairs Verhagen as well as vice-Minister of Sports Bussemaker and Economy Heemskerk in answer to questions posed by Democrat Boris van der Ham.
TiMM, the first German TV station for gay men has started its broadcasts on Saturday the first of November. The station offers entertainment, documentaries, films, talkshows and news with a gay touch. TiMM wants to satisfy needs other stations leave untouched, says initiator and chief editor Frank Lucas in the German media. They present an episode of Noah’s Arc, which is about 4 gay black men in LA, as the opening show.
Presentation Of Research Results Schorer Monitor 2008
More young gay and bisexual men have unprotected anal sex in comparison with last year. Drugs, darkrooms and internet dating are important factors in this development amongst men having sex with men. These are the main conclusions of the Schorer Monitor 2008, an annual online survey by Schorer and the University of Maastricht. 5.700 men took part this year, up from 3.700 last year.
Amsterdam local centre council member Bob van Schijndel has announced his political farewell. Van Schijndel was member of the Amsterdam City Council in the eighties en Senator in the nineties. He resigned from the Groen Links (Green) faction for the Local centre council as from the first of November.
Bob van Schijndel started his long political career in the seventies as boardmember of the student association Comenius. In 1980 he was elected into the Amsterdam City Council for the Pacifist Socialist Party. In the nineties he was Senator for GroenLinks.