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Gay News issue 281, January 2015 (13)

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Surprising Argentina

Argentina, the country of Máxima... Maybe just to get a taste of the background of the present queen of The Netherlands it might be interesting to visit this South American country, or at least its capital Buenos Aires, Máxima’s place of birth, during a holiday.
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Buenos Aires: A Gay Friendly Explosion

Combine New York, Paris, and Rome, place it in South America, and you end up with: Buenos Aires. A metropolis that explodes in your face with color, smell and sound. With authentic neighborhoods and ultramodern districts, a harbor district and two airports. A city with cheap restaurants, clubs that are open all night, and endless shopping streets.
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Letter from Brussels: As Was Said...

Dear Neighbors to the North, A new year. A new overview of the half-yearly quotes about the gay community in the Flemish press. I wish you all excellent health in the New Year. But it is up to you to have fun!
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Amsterdam Blast from the Past: Kerkstraat

Usually, cleaning up is something people like to postpone. Old forgotten stuff in an overcrowded closet or attic has to make room, and usually can be thrown out. That is also true here, but this time it led to a nice surprise. Hundreds of old black and white negatives from Amsterdam in the 1980s and 1990s.
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In Bed with Tom of Finland

When it was announced in the spring of 2014 that the Finnish postal service would issue later that year a series of stamps featuring the work of Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, 1920-1991), people reacted with disbelief in blogs. A lot of people thought it was a hoax.
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Slovak referendum on marriage of and adoption by same-sex couples

February 7, 2015, Slovakia will hold a referendum on the question whether to open up marriage to same-sex couples, and whether adoption by these couples should be possible. This was announced by President Andrej Kiska.
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Steaming Pleasures At Sauna NieuweZijds

Here I am. In a completely gutted building from the 1980s near Central Station. Some dated tiles show something of a past. But in several months, this has to become a new gay hotspot in Amsterdam. It is 2013. And as a future employee, I look around glazed, thinking about how things will turn out.
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Poland makes history with first openly gay politician

Not that long ago, Poland was known as a homophobic country. But after the death of the extremely homophobic President Lech Kaczynski in 2010, the tide started turning. And nowadays, the Polish people are ready for the first ever election of an openly gay politician.
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Youth Sector does not help Gay youth enough

This is the conclusion of a new survey by The Netherlands Centre for Social Development Movisie and the Dutch the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS) on the attention that the youth sector gives to youth that is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and youth with an intersex condition.
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Limits to checking sexual orientation of asylum seeker

Countries in the EU are allowed to determine whether an asylum seeker who says he or she is homosexual is telling the truth, but the check should not become too intimate.
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Finnish parliament in favour of gay marriage

The Finnish parliament has approved a bill that opens up marriage to same-sex couples. It is a great victory of the Finnish gay movement, as they have enforced the vote by organizing a Citizens' Initiative. It is expected that the first Finnish same-sex couples can get married in 2016.
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Mister B Opens New Store in Antwerp

On December 14, 2014, a new Mister B store for leather and fetish enthusiasts opened its doors in Antwerp. By doing so, the Amsterdam based company is now located in the heart of the Belgian leather and fetish scene.
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Oh Yes... They're back: The Backdoor Tea Dance returns

The Backdoor Tea Dance is making a comeback in the ABE Club & Lounge in Amsterdam. The legendary Backdoor Tea Dance started in May 2000 in Amsterdam and became a household name in the gay party scene in no time. It was known as a gay / open-minded party early Sunday evening. The visitors were treated to free cigarettes, joints, tea, chocolate and fresh fruit in the lounge. Tea with a Twist!
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