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Gay News issue 218, October 2009 (13)

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The Ideal School

Peter Dankmeijer is specialized in the field of “homosexuality and the education system.” With the company Movisie in Utrecht and his own company Empowerment in Amsterdam he advises schools on their policies. A conversation about the exemplary school in which everybody will feel comfortable, “whether you’re gay or lesbian, straight, bi, trans or whatever.”
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- Letter from Brussels - Crisis? Or something else?

Dear Northern Neighbors,

Friends who live in the center of Brussels, had told me repeatedly over the last couple of weeks that the nightlife had been unusually quiet for months already. It wasn’t just for the summer months because they said they had noticed in spring already that the bars in the heart of Brussels are in decline. This ruins the entire atmosphere in town too, of course.
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Style 2009-2010 Paris

Recent figures show that the Dutch fashion industry is relatively unaffected by the recession till now. Turnover dropped over the first half year in 2009 with an average of 2.7% in comparison with 2008. While the second half year of 2009 men’s fashion started off well with a plus of 6.3%. The start of a recovery?
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Pulp Fiction - A Serial Killer In Amsterdam

This summer the pulp novella “Het Beest van Amsterdam” (The Beast of Amsterdam) was published. It’s a story about a serial killer strangling his way through the Amsterdam gay scene while potential victims happily keep screwing around.

Author GJ Wielinga: “I’ve been fascinated by serial killers for a while and by Jeffrey Dahmer in particular, who killed seventeen men in the eighties.
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‘Pink German’ Rolf A. Döhrn Passed Away In Amsterdam

On the 17th of August Rolf Alois Döhrn passed away. He was born on the 14th of February 1927 in Germany, and moved in 1934 as a seven-year old boy with his mother to Holland. His mother had found a husband here. His time in Germany had not been easy, but things deteriorated even more here in The Netherlands, especially when anti-German sentiments rose just before and of course during the Second World War.
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The Lure of the Near East - Couperus in the Maghreb

According to data from the Foundation for Authors’ Literary Rights, one in fifteen Dutchmen dreams of a writer’s career. You may smile about this - only one percent of the manuscripts publishers receive appear in print -, but you can also rejoice in the fact that the love of literature has not been extinguished in this our super-swift and shallow time. José Buschman from The Hague belongs to the happy few who did not find a standard rejection letter on her doormat when she asked Bas Lubberhuizen Ltd. to issue “Een dandy in de Oriënt. Louis Couperus in Afrika” (A Dandy in the Orient.
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Church Celebrates Its First Year

It seems like it has been part of the gay establishment for so long that it’s hard to believe that Church, the gay club on the Kerkstraat in Amsterdam, has only just celebrated its first birthday.

Defying all attempts to categorize it, Church is a unique mix of cruise club and dance venue that literally has something for everyone - its famed theme nights span from naked evenings to kinky SM parties, to drag events and sportswear nights.
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Henk van Ulsen passed away

On Friday the 28th of August actor Henk van Ulsen (1927 – 2009) died unexpectedly in his Bussum home from a cardiac arrest. Van Ulsen was considered one of the last great classic Dutch actors. Multi-talented but always very recognizable he mainly known for his solo-performances, of which his interpretation of Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol was the most successful.
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Hot Pink

Missed Amsterdam Gay Pride? Don’t worry, “Hot Pink” has just been released!

“Hot Pink” – an intensely colorful photo book about Amsterdam’s annual Gay Parade (the only one in the world that is held on canals) – has just been published by American expatriate and photojournalist Shirley Agudo, a long-time resident of the Netherlands.
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Gays in Iraq are being tortured and murdered

Hundreds of gays have been assaulted and murdered in Iraq. Many of these assaults and killings are executed by the national security forces, says the human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report that was published today.
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Circumcision is no protection against hiv with anal sex

Circumcision might protect heterosexual men in Africa from contracting hiv, for gay men unfortunately, it offers no protection. This is the conclusion of a research in the US on the effects of circumcision of gay men, which was presented at the annual hiv convention in Atlanta. Dr. Peter Klimarx of the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) said that ‘circumcision has no effect in preventing hiv to spread through anal sex.’
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Gays not positive about the future

Gay men, lesbian women, bisexuals and transgender people are not very positive about the future and fear they’re going to be confronted with discrimination more often. This was the result of a research by anti-discrimination bureau RADAR.
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Leatherpride Amsterdam: Get-Ruff (28 oktober – 1 november)

Welcome to Amsterdam where from 28 October to 1 November Leatherpride returns for the 14th time. After years of only having the big parties at the weekend, this year sees lots of exciting changes with a 5 day program full of Leather, Rubber, Army, Sportswear, Breeches and other fetishes: Get Ruff in Amsterdam! Amsterdam’s fetish bars, clubs, shops, restaurants and hotels are pulling out all the stops to offer you more than 30 kinky events under the banner of Get Ruff!
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