The tattoo has become mainstream over the past decades, after being a symbol for outcasts for a long time. This can be concluded, for example, from various documentary television series, such as “Tattoo Fixers,” which is aired on British television with great success for some seasons now. In this television series, renowned tattoo artists replace the often terrible tattoos by wonderful works of art. The “horror tattoos” that have to be replaced were often made when drunk and on holiday, or by friends lacking the proper skills who’d ordered a tattoo set on the Internet.
For the first time in Europe, Berlin’s Schwules Museum is devoting an entire exhibition to the comparatively new topic of “queer” comics: comics that include GLBT characters and tell GLBT stories. The exhibition “SuperQueeroes” focuses on “heroes & heroines,” covering not only the various X-Men, Batmen and Catwomen who experienced coming-out stories in American mainstream comic series in recent years.
Young Orthodox Christians in the Netherlands almost unanimously think that homosexuality should not be ‘put in practise’. This can be concluded from the survey ‘De nieuwe refo’ conducted by Dutch newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad. They survey was held under 1,100 pietistic Calvinists in the age group 26-40.
In a joint statement, Pope Franciscus and Patriarch Kirill have strongly spoken out against ‘alternative cohabitation,’ which, according to the church leaders, is wrongly treated as equal to a marriage between a man and a woman.
Mario Stam, councillor in Schiedam, presented the Jillis Bruggeman Medal to Michael van Praag. The President of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) was rewarded with this medal because of his active support of the fight against discrimination and for showing respect on the playing field. He also is a great advocate of LGBT emancipation in general.
On November 25, I had a cerebrovascular accident. My left arm and left leg were numb. In my last column (in the January edition), I wrote that I was at AMC Hospital on the Neurology ward. After a week, my physiotherapist said: “There’s nothing we can do for you here. We are waiting for a bed in rehabilitation center Reade.”
The Central Board of Appeal decided that the city of The Hague was in its rights to fire Wim Pijl, a civil servant with religious objections. The verdict disappoints Mr. Pijl. The Central Board of Appeal is the highest authority on the rights of civil servants, the sharing of pension rights, and civil administration. The verdict of the Central Board of Appeal is the final verdict in this case.
For the first time ever, a case has been made public in which PrEP did not work. A Canadian man was infected with HIV in spite of dedicated use of PrEP. However, according to experts, it is nothing to be alarmed about. The high effectiveness of PrEP is still undisputed, in spite of this one exceptional case.
For twenty years now, Cuts & Curls Male Hairstyling on the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam has been a favorite with men who attach great importance to a groomed appearance. Owner Richard Bolk founded the business in 1996. He runs Cuts & Curls by himself, and therefore only works by appointment. This gives him the opportunity to give each client the attention he deserves.
Dear AGP Friends, A lot has happened since my last column. The draft licence application has been submitted, the first meetings with the fire brigade, police and residents of the Prinsengracht have taken place, and during our kick-off event on Valentine’s Day, the participants of the Canal Parade have been made public.