To The Point - True stories from Pink Point, the gay and lesbian info kiosk at the Homomonument.
After ten years of Pink Point you’d think nothing would surprise me anymore. I’ve seen and heard it all by now, I often think. Still, one shift is enough to supply me with anecdotes and experiences for this column. Not one day is the same at Pink Point and eight hours can pack a lot of action.
What makes someone into a porn star? Why are there still men dreaming of Kip Noll while most other “stars” from the seventies have long since disappeared from our collective memory? I’ve focused on porn productions journalistically for a while now and I still haven’t worked out what makes a porn actor into a porn star.
Nowadays, with Perez Hilton and others blogging faster than celebrities can create scandals and amateur paparazzi publishing slip-ups and shameless behavior of the jet set on the worldwide web as soon as they happen, it’s hard to imagine that there once was a time that news on, for example, movie stars could be tightly directed and controlled by the publicity departments of movie studios.
The underwear label XTG from the Canary Islands keeps surprising us every season with eye-catching swimwear models. Always seductive and remarkable. This season the shorts are low-cut with bright colored prints. So we have the large X in black or comics as all-over prints. Striking detail is the contrasting cord of the shorts.
First and foremost, so that you understand: the deadline for this column was just before the Dutch as well as the Belgian elections. And what was in the Dutch newspapers? Leading man Rouvoet of the ChristenUnie (Christians United) said that Jonathan de Geer, one of the recruiters of the party, couldn’t have been on the ballot if he had had a boyfriend... A celibate queer is ok, a gay relationship is not.
A number of gay stewards at KLM has announced they don't want to stay in Teheran anymore. They feel unsafe because of the persecution of gays in that country, the union of cabin crews, the VNC, has announced.
KLM flies five times a week to the Iranian capital Teheran, but refuses to respond to the steward's issue. Union spokesperson (FNV Bondgenoten) Annette Groeneveld says that KLM is working since 2000 with a list of people that don't want to be rostered in for flights to Iran. This list would mainly contain women with 'unpleasant experiences in the country'.
A GP clinic in Amsterdam Osdorp offers faith-healing, reports Het Parool. People with Alzheimer, Parkinson, Cancer or Aids can go there for a 'healing' session. The christian practice is run by Jan Boogaard and Cornelie Scheeres. A Parool journalist discovered the faith healers via the site Healingrooms Amsterdam.
It all started seven years ago with a small group of drags and a handful of admirers: the Drag Queen Olympics. Last year the Dutch daily newspaper “Het Parool” headlined with “New Gay Pride Highlight” and that was certainly true. The Westermarkt was filled with a huge crowd cheering on sixteen participants. First during the Stiletto Sprint, then for the Handbag Throw and to finish off during the Tug of War.
The biggest sports and cultural festival in the world will take place in Cologne from July 31 to August 7, 2010. Some 12,000 participants from more than 70 countries will converge for the Gay Games VIII Cologne 2010 and celebrate the principles of participation, inclusion and personal best.
The motto is “Be part of it!” And the invitation is open to everyone – regardless whether you are heterosexual or homosexual, male, female, transgender or transsexual, and regardless of religion, nationality, ethnic heritage, political convictions, athletic skills, physical capabilities, age or physical condition.