In 1980, my boyfriend/husband Lefert and I were attending the press presentation of “Taxi zum Klo” [Taxi to the Toilet] in Amsterdam. Very much in awe of this particularly honest film, we spoke with the maker and actor Frank Ripploh. It was so recognizable. We spoke to him about the pictures that were shown in the beginning of the film, of his youth and of his form. We also had these kind of pictures.
The UEFA Executive Committee has chosen the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB)'s project ‘Football is for everyone’ as ‘Best Social Project’ of 2012. The project to fight homophobia in soccer was presented already on October 11, 2012 during the Coming Out Day that was organised by the KNVB.
Roze 50+ and health care comparison website KiesvoorjeZorg.nl have joined forces to provide insight into which (home) care providers in The Netherlands structurally work on the integration and acceptance of homosexuality within their organisation.
Paul Bailey, the leader of a British Pentecostal church of Christians of African or Caribbean descent, has publicly stated to be in favour of same-sex marriage. The preacher announced this in an interview with the magazine Keeping The Faith.
“Homosexuality and sports, it’s a complicated issue,” Wil Verschoor, manager of the participation project at knowledge center Movisie in Utrecht says. “It is chiefly because often it is not seen as a problem. If you address the issue at sports clubs, they will say: everyone is welcome, we do not discriminate.”
No Accusations, But Respect: “When people are suffering, I spring into action. And I take an interest. I only take to heart the individual road of that young man or woman.” Father Jan van Kilsdonk could not have characterized himself better. Van Kilsdonk did so just before his death in 2008, in more than sixty hours of conversations with author Alex Verburg. With these conversations as a basis, Verburg wrote a remarkable and compelling portrait of one of the most colorful clergymen The Netherlands have ever known.
Dear Neighbors to the North, For some weeks now, the Flemish commercial broadcaster VTM has been airing “Uit de kast” [Out of the Closet], based on a Dutch television format. Assisted by the lovely presenter Roos Van Acker, a Flemish gay or lesbian is trying to tell the secret to his or her family. Most of the shows I haven’t seen at all. Channel hopping, I would occasionally watch parts of the show, somewhat embarrassed.
‘I Knew I Wouldn’t Give Up Before I Had Children’. In September 2012, Jacco (33) and his boyfriend Martijn (42) became the happy fathers of a beautiful twin, with the help of an egg cell donor and a surrogate.
Opening with XLSior Festival Mykonos on May 25. Sexy, one of the most spectacular gay parties in Cologne, has a Sexy Summer Trilogy. Sexy cooperates for the first two editions with two of the largest gay European Summer Festivals, the XLsior Festival from Mykonos and, for the CSD Special on July 6, with the Circuit Festival from Barcelona. The third and last part of the Sexy Summer Trilogy will be the Summer Closing Party on September 21.
The reason was not a happy one, but those were two wonderful days! We all should be very proud of the protests that took place on the 7th and 8th of April. United, The Netherlands sent out a gaymessage4russia! The various action groups and organisations have worked hard to give Poetin and the rest of Russia a clear message. And it was successful!
Brussels is waiting to share its treasures and talents with you. This is a destination that adapts to its visitors: no matter when or how long you stay, there are many different ways to experience Brussels. Fashion and design, comics, chocolate, beer, high-tech and surprising meeting rooms plus 165 hotels. Gay Brussels, it’s a spirit of freedom, legislation free from discrimination and a wide and varied range of activities in terms of nightlife, cuisine, shopping and culture.
Late March, the anti-bullying film “Ruben” was awarded with the Young Positive Media Award 2013. Each year, the Dutch National Academy for Media and Society presents this award to positive initiatives that reach young people via media. The film and its music video tell the story of fifteen-year-old Ruben, who is bullied because he is gay and eventually finds help.
From a cone bra made out of newspaper for his teddy bear Nana, to the iconic cone bra corset he made for Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour, sixty-year-old Jean Paul Gaultier has come a long way. Now he is rewarded with an exhibition of his large body of work. “I think it is an honor to show my work here.”