I live in a senior unit of a “fifty-five and over” apartment complex. The complex consists of two blocks: one four stories high and the other six stories. They’re connected with an arcade. At the main entrance there’s the reception. In the arcade there’s a hair salon, a shop, a laundromat, an Internet café and an activity room with a bar.
Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, three rather randomly picked photographers of erotic male nudes who have acquired a position in modern art museums. John S. Barrington, one of the pioneers of physique photography was there to witness them make it that far, while he never did. After visiting an exhibition of Mapplethorpe’s work in the ICA in London he wrote in his diary: “Excellent – but I’m so much better – frustration.”
Amsterdam’s newest rubber party had two editions already. We spoke with Tony Varlack, who initiated the party and who’s also Mr Rubber NL 2012, and Sly Hands, International Mr Rubber 2012, about their passion for rubber.
It seemed an interesting initiative: four people (philosopher Dirk van Weelden, political scientist Jean Tillie, radio program producer Jeroen van Kan and author Maartje Wortel) stay in the “hidden level” of the house at 401 Herengracht for a few days leading up to Memorial Day and Liberation Day as part of “The paradox of freedom” of the new generation of Castrum Peregrini. They would share their experiences in the VPRO radio show “De Avonden” (directed by Jeroen van Kan); that was the idea.
Dear Northern Neighbors, the day before Gay News went to the printer, we had Gay Pride in Brussels. No less than 50,000 participants had come to our capital, quite a few more than last year. Traditionally the weather was dodgy: no rain but especially when the sun had gone the temperature painfully dropped to the level of a fresh winter evening. It wasn’t very pleasant so that might explain why the streets emptied out so quickly afterwards.
Apart from his work as an anthologist and as former Dutch Poet Laureate, Gerrit Komrij is primarily known as a critic and essayist with a biting pen. For many years he published sharp and witty comments on the utterances of well-known and famous Dutch people in the daily newspaper “NRC Handelsblad.”
In the report over 2011 Stichting HIV Monitoring (SHM) signals that the yearly increase of new HIV infections amongst men that have sex with men (MSM) has halted in the period 2009 and 2010. Since 1998 the number of new cases amongst MSM increased annually till over 850 in 2008.
The Kenyan National Human Rights committee (KNHRC) published a report in which it calls on the government to end the criminalization of homosexuality and with it, denounce the discrimination of lesbian women and homosexual men.
It looks like the health insurance coverage of the gay therapy of Tot Heil des Volks/Different will be scrapped. That’s because a number of health insurance companies have decided to stop covering treatments via EuroPsyche.
While I push my way through warm bodies, I spot a glowing set of demon’s eyes above the stage, flames and burning angel’s wings are projected in his gaping mouth. At the edge of the dance floor there’s Bram, his square shaved head nods slightly to the hammering beats of the music. When he sees me he grins, his eyes smoldering in the dark. He hooks his arm around my neck and calls into my ear: “You arrived at a special moment, I wonder whether Robbie will have the nerve tonight.”
The United Kingdom has presented the annual report on Human Rights and Democracy in May. In it is a separate chapter on the situation worldwide concerning the human rights of lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBTs) and the British policies to promote and protect them.
Observant readers will have noticed that lately there have been a few changes in Gay News’ look. Two months ago the design of the cover was adapted, last month Gay News was printed on heavier paper and if everything goes as planned the cover will be extra glossy as from this edition onwards: a facelift to mark our 250th issue.