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Gay News issue 247, March 2012 (13)

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Film Review - Extraordinary Acting In Award-Winning Movie ‘Weekend’

Friday night – Russell spends an evening with his straight friends and decides to visit a gay bar afterwards. It’s almost closing time when he meets Glen there. Russell takes him home. What was intended as a one-night-stand unexpectedly goes deeper. And thus starts a weekend filled with passion, sex, drugs and long conversations.

The movie “Weekend” was shot in just seventeen days in Nottingham, UK, and has received several awards already.
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Travel - Out in Kenia

Unfortunately gay tourists are not really welcome in Kenya. Gay sex is even illegal. A large majority of the population thinks gay and transgender people are disgusting. That’s the bad news. But after South Africa Kenya is the most popular holiday destination in Black Africa, because it is a phenomenal country. With friendly people, unparalleled landscapes and even something that feels like a gay nightlife. Although you have to be careful and discrete and know the right people.
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‘Popper Me Up and Fuck My Mangina!’

The week from the 1st till the 8th of August in 1998 was one of the most beautiful of my life. De Gay Games here in Amsterdam. Our own gay international sports and culture gathering. At the time I was working at City Hall for the center of town. I sent out a group mail to all my colleagues if they wanted to volunteer as a steward during the opening and closing ceremonies in the Arena. Within three days I had seventy-five applications.
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Milan Menswear 2012

In 2011 the total income of the Italian fashion labels amounted to sixty-three billion Euros. The ‘made in Italy’ tag is clearly doing well internationally. But the ongoing euro crisis hangs like a dark cloud over the Italian fashion landscape. “The most evident aspect of the current economic situation is the utter uncertainty of the future,” says Mario Boselli of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion.
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Letter from Brussels - Married Gays

Dear Northern Neighbors,

Sometimes you come across news items that make you raise your eyebrows. Take the little article in the “China Daily USA” of the 3rd of February: according to a Chinese professor there are at least sixteen million women in the Chinese countryside who are married to a gay man. An astronomical number.
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DVD Review - @SuicideRoom

An Emo Kid Obsessed By A Dark Virtual World In ‘@SuicideRoom’

After the review “A Comic Book As Weapon In The Fight Against Bullying And Suicide” by Julian Beyle (Gay News 246), I was asked to write about the Polish movie “@SuicideRoom” (original title: “Sala Samobójców”), the motion picture debut of the young Polish director Jan Komasa (1981).
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Book Review - How Much Analysis Can A Novel Take?

What is a novel? After reading certain books you start to wonder about what it is again that makes a story a novel. A novel is in any case fictional prose. It has a certain minimum length, but nobody knows exactly how long it’s supposed to be. A small novel is called a novella. “Schweigeminute” by Siegfried Lenz (translated as “Stella” in English) is called a novel or novella although it comprises just 100 pages.
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Rudi van Dantzig passed away

Rudi van Dantzig died aged 78 years old after along sickbed. He’s celebrated as an inspiring choreographer, a pioneer of the Dutch dance-theater, writer and very amiable human being. Rudi van Dantzig is considered one of The Netherlands’ most important choreographers. Together with Hans van Manen and Toer van Schayk he put Dutch ballet on the international map. Van Dantzig made over 50 choreographies, mainly for Het Nationale Ballet, which are being performed all over the world.
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The Public Prosecution calls for 12 months jail for homophobe violence

On Tuesday the 31st of January the Public Prosecutor asked the court in Almelo to convict a 22-year old man from Rotterdam to 12 months of jail. The man is charged with the assault of two other men in the night of the 30th of October 2011 because of their sexuality. The two victims came from a gay bar in Enschede that night. In the vicinity of the train station they were verbally abused, threatened, beaten and kicked. A police officer passing by could arrest the culprit on the spot. The man denies everything
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Nijmegen starts LGBT-campaign at schools

On Thursday the 26th of January alderman Henk Beerten and ROC-director Hanneke Berben kicked off the campaign ‘I am gay, but not in school’ at the ROC Technovium in Nijmegen. This campaign is aimed to promote a tolerant climate in schools when it comes to sexual diversity. Not just for students but also for employees.
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Minister Schippers denies repression of homosexuality by Different

Much to the surprise of the COC and LKP Minister Schippers of Public Health denies that the Different-therapy, in which gays are taught to repress their sinful nature, aims at ‘curing’. This was in her answer to questions of members of parliament and she based it on the findings of the Inspectie voor de Gezondheidszorg (IGZ) (Healthcare Inspection Authority).
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Fifteenth Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

The fifteenth edition of the Pink Movie Days, the Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be held in the Ketelhuis cinema again (at the old Western Gas Factory). This anniversary edition brings you over 100 movies again: motion pictures, short films and documentaries from all over the world. The festival puts the best recent gay cinema in the spotlights with a lot of “first screenings.” Popular films as well as smaller arthouse movies will color the screen pink.
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Expo News - Exhibition ‘Precious Paperworks and Dirty Little Drawings’

Until March 25th Gallery MooiMan in Groningen presents the group exhibition “Precious Paperworks and Dirty Little Drawings,” which was opened at the end of January by the director of the Dutch Comics Museum, Albert Kraai.

The exhibition shows a variety of works on paper by seven artists: Mon Graffito, Marianne Hofstee, Cedric Laquièze, Gena Ivanov, Fernando Madera Alvarado, Musk Ming and Hay Wijnhoven. All the works have in common that they have paper as their base.
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