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Gay News issue 232, December 2010 (11)

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In the New Issue of Gay News 344 April/ May/ June 2020

Pink Point Opens Franchise in Buenos Aires

Pink Point, the gay and lesbian information kiosk at the Homomonument that has been a fixture in Amsterdam for more than a decade, has opened a new franchise in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Pink Point Buenos Aires, based in a busy shopping district in the center of the city, opened its doors earlier this year. The founder is expat Dutchman Erik Hovenga Diaz: “I was in Amsterdam for the Gay Games in 1998 and followed closely the start of Pink Point there.
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Rereading Louis Couperus’ ‘The Mountain of Light’

The Dance of Swoon

Louis Couperus (1863-1923) is one of Holland’s most important writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. In his work, homoeroticism is a common theme, but seldom a central one. Couperus was a dandylike aesthete, who evinced strong interest in other men. Alongside “stocky,” “big” men, modeled on some of his friends, he also depicted in his novels androgynous types, with whom he personally identified.
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The Merits Of The Fetish Culture

There’s a strange abbreviation blurb replacing words like homo and gay. Our Flemish neighbors use the sympathetic Holebi, the ILGA has recently added BTI after the LG. Meanwhile I’ve seen LGBTTTIQQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transvestite, transsexual, intersexual, queer, questioning) and I’m afraid this is not the end of it. I once wrote extensively about perversions for Gay News and these articles have been collected as a Dutch “ABC of Perversions,” published by Meulenhoff.
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DVD Review - Too Little Practice Kills ‘Battle Fuckers’

“An army of powerful warriors fueled by sexual desire for their fellow battle mates,” was the start of an article in the Australian magazine DNA earlier this year, and it continued with: “It sounds like the basis of a porno.” The author had discovered, however, that “they existed in Ancient Greece and were a formidable success.” The history of this Sacred Band Of Thebes is a subject for another author and another occasion, because for this moment I’m interested in soldier boys as a porn object. Who can resist a man in uniform?
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Book Review - Iconoclasm for Gays

“Christian Democrat council member: Homosexuality is unnatural,” “Gays can still adopt in the US,” “Obligatory inclusion of gay relationships in school lessons in California,” “Happy with denouncing gay practice,” “Will not print gay text for a million,” “Half of gay relationships polygamous.” This is a random pick of headlines from the Dutch orthodox Calvinist daily “Reformatorisch Dagblad.” No other newspaper is so obsessed with gay issues as the RD!
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Letter from Brussels - Away with Léonard

Dear Northern Neighbors,

The unthinkable has happened. Several parachute catholic organizations and famous Flemish personalities are responding severely to the renewed controversial statements of out archbishop, Monsignor Léonard. Whether he’s worth the title I - as a devote catholic - dare to doubt it.
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Fashion - Best-Dressed Gay?

Gay men have a reputation of dressing well, and having good taste in general. But do they deserve that really? Also: which clothing items you really have to ditch.

A few years ago we experienced an unasked for invasion of pimped-up shirts with an overdose of details. Like double or even triple collars, contrasting hems, colored buttons, et cetera. Collars so high it was as if everyone was doing an Elvis Presley impression..., terrible really!
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Cameroon: Same-Sex Relations Bring Attacks, Arrests

Cameroonians are attacked by police, politicians, the media, and even their own communities if they are suspected of having sexual relations with a person of the same sex, four human rights organizations said in a joint report.

The government should take urgent action to decriminalize such consensual conduct and to ensure the full human rights of all Cameroonians, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, said Alternatives-Cameroun, l'Association pour la défense des droits des homosexuels, Human Rights Watch, and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission.
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Two charges against arch bishop Léonard for statements on Holebis

A second charge was filed against the Belgian archbishop Léonard. The first dealt with his statements on AIDS, this one’s about what he said about gays and lesbians.

The lawyer and SP.A politician Jean-Marie de Meester first filed a complaint against arch bishop Léonard at the Centre for Equal Opportunity and Anti-Racism because he had said AIDS was some kind of justice. He had done this before when the archbishop had compared homosexuality with anorexia nervosa.
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Utrecht accepts anti gay hate proposal

The city council of Utrecht has accepted a proposal against ‘bullying and harassing and homophobia’. The proposal, which was accepted unanimously, calls the mayor and alderman to action against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The council points at the case of a gay man who felt threatened in his home in Utrecht. It calls to solve this issue and to come to a protocol for complaints on discrimination on sexual orientation.
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Hiv Vereniging: 10 years of support, information and advice

On the first of November 2000 the Hiv Vereniging (HIV-Society) started its Servicepunt (Service Point). Accessible for questions and conversations the Service Point supports people living with HIV / AIDS. Just someone to talk to, someone who's informed and HIV-positive as well, someone who has concrete advice and directions to offer. This is also available through email and the Service Point workers are also active at
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