I was once again on the terrace of Café In de Waag on the Nieuwmarkt with my friends Marion and Anja. “You will never guess where I was last week with my sisters Els and Carolien,” I said. They had no idea. “I was at the Ziggo Dome for the very first time. It was a Sing-a-Long for the sixtieth anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. It was wonderful.” “Yuck! That you’re into that! Such bad taste,” Anja said.
The rise of the porn movie closely coincided with that of television. Around 1945, about seventy-eight million cinema tickets were sold in a week. A quarter of a century later, the number had dropped to sixteen million because of competition from this new medium. Cinema owners wondered how they could turn the tide, and understood that they had to offer something audiences could not see on television: sex. Gay productions were only a fraction of what was being produced in this line of business; films such as “Boys in the Sand” didn’t get many viewings from straight people, of course, and would not have contributed a lot to the positive revision of the average American’s perception of homosexuals. This educational task had to be performed by television.
For the Spanish swim label XTG, designer Luis Mentado has made an inspirational trip around the world for the new summer collection, from the beaches in Mexico and Brazil, to the cities of Paris, London, Milan, and Madrid.
Dear Neighbors to the North, The first six months of 2015 are behind us. During this time, the Flemish press has of course written about homosexuality. Here follows a selection, ideal for reading material at a holiday destination of your choice.
West Hollywood, as part of its Pride activities in June, has hosted a special group wedding for seven same-sex couples who visited from China. They were selected from more than 400 entries. The wedding ceremony and celebration took place at the West Hollywood Library.
New legislation will make changing one's gender registration a lot easier. Irish Deputy Prime Minister Joan Burton announced this, while stating that the Irish cabinet has agreed on the Gender Recognition Bill. The Bill will now be debated by Irish parliament.
At the request of many and under the name of “Senior Pride” this time, the special musical revue returns on the canal near the theater-restaurant Paleis van de Weemoed. This revue at Amsterdam Gay Pride is the annual tribute to a special group (but not limited to): Pink Seniors.
Last May, Professor Wendy Schrama argued in Dutch newspaper Trouw that lesbian parenthood is an example of ‘egalitarianism gone too far.’ This swipe at lesbian parenthood is incomprehensible according to Tanja Ineke and Phillip Tijsma of COC Netherlands, in a response to the article in Trouw.
It has been confirmed that the eleventh International Drag Queen Olympics will return to Amsterdam once again during this year’s Gay Pride. On Friday the 31st of July the globe’s leading drag queen and king competitors will descend on our fair city to battle it out in the world’s premier sporting event for drag athletes.
Last May, the Moscow Pride was banned again for the tenth year in a row, with violent arrests taking place. Everyone in the Netherlands knows that the Russian Federation is a homophobic country. COC Netherlands has asked the Dutch Immigration and Nationalization Service (IND) to treat gay asylum seekers with leniency. But if only this were true.
The Tory Schools Minister Nick Gibb has announced that he is gay, and that he will marry his partner Michael Simmonds later this year. The news comes as a big surprise, as Mr Gibb and Mr Simmonds have been in a relationship for 29 years. They have kept this relationship to themselves to political relations, friends, and family members.
This year, Gallery MooiMan organizes a four-part series of exhibitions in which thematic visions on the male in international art are displayed. With these exhibitions, the gallery wants to show how versatile the theme “the male” can be in art. The first part, “The new Figurative Men,” was on show this spring. Later this year, it will be followed by “The New Classic Men.”
Sleazy, hard and dirty. This summer theater company Oostpool performs “Partymonster” at theater festival The Parade. Director Marcus Azzini, who was also responsible for Oostpool’s interpretation of “Angels in America,” was inspired for this performance at the Parade by the talked-about life of New York’s nightlife phenomenon, provocateur, Club Kid and murderer Michael Alig.