Dear Neighbors to the North,
Seventy years ago, on January 27, 1945, Soviet troops invaded the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. They found 6,000 prisoners who were still alive. During World War II - depending on the source - approximately 11 million people were killed in concentration camps. The majority was Jewish, some six million people.
Shortly after World War I, Father Mathias Marinus van Grinsven traveled the recently proclaimed Weimar Republic. A catholic trade unionist poured his heart out on a train compartment. Ever since the emperor had been kicked out, Germany had not been doing well.
At a first glance, fashion and politics seem two different worlds, but they are getting more and more intertwined. The Chinese government, for example, is taking drastic measures against the typical Chinese “gifts culture,” for instance in the business world, where expensive designer items are given to business associates.
After a fantastic comeback, The Original Backdoor Tea Dance is back on Sunday, Arpil 5 at the ABE Club & Lounge. Amsterdam gave this “legendary gay / open-minded tea dance event” a more than warm welcome during its first and second edition.
Toneelgroep Oostpool will perform the world famous “Angels in America” by Tony Kushner in Dutch theaters from March 10 until June 6, 2015. A production about love and friendship beyond the boundaries of race, religion and ideology. “Angels in America” is about the difficult process of adaptation and the importance of compassion in a powerful plea for humanity.
The iconic bar The Queen’s Head has been taken over by John Jepma and Leon Oppers. The bar’s range of products will be increased with more choice in high-quality whiskey, vodka and wines. A wind of change, and a new toilet set in due time. But Café The Queen’s Head must remain what it is today: an iconic bar.
One of spring’s favorite cultural events is around the corner; from March 12 till March 22 you can immerse yourself for eleven days in the world of the most interesting, stimulating and beautiful recent gay films. Again, the Ketelhuis on the Westergasterrein is the place to be. With no less than 118 titles, that will keep the entire community glued to their chairs.
An increasing number of gay men want to fulfil their desire to have children, but realizing this is a complicated matter. The options are adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting or foster care. A lot of men chose co-parenting, but where to find a suitable mother?