The enormous budget cuts are curbing consumers’ spending pattern. These measures are dampening the economic growth in the Euro countries. This splits the fashion industry in two segments, focusing either on the cheap and affordable or on luxury. “Only the market for luxury products is booming nowadays. Consumers are prepared to pay for luxury,” says the German designer Wolfgang Joop.
Tin the television program ‘Villa Vanthilt’ the Flemish Minister of Education and Equal Opportunity Pascal Smet said he wants to target homophobia on and around the football field together with the soccer federation.
Peter Hamecher, An Openly Gay German Essayist From The Early Twentieth Century
The American historian Hubert Kennedy included his compatriot James Barr, author of “Quatrefoil” (1950) – a milestone in gay literature which has been republished in 1991 – in his “Reading Gay History: Selected Essays and Reviews” (Concord 2006), which is otherwise mainly dedicated to European subjects. Kennedy not only focuses on Barr’s debut novel but also on his other work, including the articles he submitted to the early gay magazines, like “One Magazine” and the “Mattachine Review,” because, as Kennedy says, “all his writings are worth recalling.”
Once again in heat I frolicked around exciting Amsterdam. I was eighteen. Jeans and T-shirt. It was sometime around eight in the evening en it started to get dark. Near the second railroad bridge of the Central Station was a urinal for two persons. There were only a few attractive men. I was just wallking around a bit. In front of the postoffice building a car stopped close to me. The window was opened. “Do you feel like to come with me?,” a nice looking elderly man asked me. I got in.
The Utrecht municipality, the public Prosecution and the Utrecht police have altogether come to a financial settlement with Hans van Gemmert and Ton Daalhuizen – the gay couple that was bullied and harassed in 2010 by youngsters to an extend that they had to leave the Utrecht neighborhood Leidsche Rijn.
In September youngsters filmed the response of random people in several neighborhoods to the photo installations of Pride Photo Award 2011. The clips showed how superficial tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality still is: it’s fine if you think you’re gay ‘as long as I don’t have to see it!’ The winning photos of Pride Photo Award 2011 were displayed outside on several squares in the city and youngsters filmed short interviews with passers by. The photos show the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and play with images of masculinity and femininity.
There Are Numerous Exciting Possibilities
If something that usually has nothing to do with sex turns you on, you have a fetish. It can be about clothes, like a uniform, work clothes or a business suit. It can also be a specific piece of clothing, like underwear, gloves or boots. Some men get hot from certain smells, like cigar smoke or perspiration. Other people go for certain situations, like pain, humiliation or bondage.
PvdA (Social Democrat) MP Ahmed Marcouch asked Minister of Security and Justice Ivo Opstelten about anti-gay violence in Eindhoven. Visitors of gay club PallaZ on the Stratumsedijk are regularly harassed and attacked. In September two men repeatedly harassed PallaZ visitors until they were finally caught and fined when a police car just happened to pass by.
Dear Northern Neighbors, To the point of boredom we have to pay attention to gay bashing in this column. It’s still normal procedure to cross a gay man and send him off to hospital. The number of incidents is going up and up.
Wim Pijl, the marriage celebrant in The Hague that was fired in November last year because he refused to marry same-sex couples on the basis of conscientious objections, will contest his resignation in court. This was made public by the Reformatorisch Maatschappelijke Unie (RMU), which supplies him with judicial assistance.
The government has sent a proposal to the house of representatives, which aims to make it easier for transgenders to change their sex registration. Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and COC Nederland say this is a big step forward. Both organizations have been calling for new legislation since 2008, they hope parliament will put it on the agenda soon.