On July 2, 2016, the monument for poet Jacob Israël de Haan was unveiled in Smilde, his place of birth. The monument stands in the beautiful park behind the old church of Smilde, not far from the synagogue with living quarters in which he was born. As a member of the board of the De Haan Society, Gert Hekma spoke the following appreciation.
Just as God created Adam and Eve, there must have been a parliamentarian who was the first ever to “come out of the closet.” According to American political scientist Andrew Reynolds, that was Coos Huijsen (1939), who briefly was an MP for the Christelijk-Historische Unie (Christian Historical Union; CHU). This partly consisted of the mostly Dutch-reformed branch of what became CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal) in 1980. Huijsen wrote the autobiography “Homo politicus” about his life, being gay (and practicing it), and especially his role as a gay activist.
We were in the aftermath in a cubicle in the sauna, Wim and I. It was a Monday afternoon and I had taken the afternoon off. “Wow,” Willem said, “that was great.” I had another feel, and his ass was completely wet. “A shower?,” I asked. “Yes. Fine,” he said. “And a beer at the bar. My treat.”
Dear Neighbors to the North, Who takes a stand in Belgium (and Europe) for the gay community? One is easily tempted to reply that organizations such as Wel Jong Niet Hetero, Cavaria as an umbrella organization, etcetera, will do so.
For many people, the Caribbean is the perfect holiday destination with an ideal combination of sun, sea, beaches, and historic sites. One of these tourist destinations is Belize, the former British Honduras, which is fully independent since 1981. A combination of natural circumstances, the climate, the Barrier Reef, numerous islands, excellent opportunities for fishing, safe waters for water sports, snorkeling and scuba diving, and the beautiful flora and fauna, has created a thriving tourism industry in the country.
“Many of the people in the meeting group for older homosexual men in the Soviet-Union were blackmailed, ‘treated’ or intimidated by the police in their younger years. They truly were criminalised, but now we fortunately can embrace life with each other, be ourselves, and take care of each other.” These are the words of Alexei Marcicov from Moldavia, who has been organising for some years a meeting group for gay men - unique for the region.
The sales in the luxury fashion industry are booming again, but not for all labels. Many Italian fashion houses are still struggling with reduced economic growth in China, decreasing oil prices, and less tourism in Europe because of the terrorist attacks.
In the run up to the EuroPride in Amsterdam, some optimists speculated that perhaps up to one million visitors would go to our capital to celebrate this festival of sexual diversity. Those unrealistic expectations did not materialize, but last year’s number of visitors, at already record levels, were matched.
The HIV prevention pill, also known as PrEP, can now be used in Europe for the prevention of HIV. The European Medicines Agency -(EMA) announced the news mid-August. Five interest groups call on Health Minister Schippers to make PrEP available immediately, now the EMA approval has taken away the last condition for introduction in the Netherlands.
On June 23, 2002, after twelve years and 359 days, Havana’s curtains fell. The Havana was a household name in Amsterdam’s Reguliersdwarsstraat and very popular in the 1990s with spectacular parties and innovative music with great appeal to both gay and straight.
A photo of the Turkish riot police preventing the Pride Parade in Istanbul in June 2016 is the winner of the sixth edition of the International Pride Photo Award. The photo was taken by the Turkish photo journalist Akin Celiktas. The award ceremony and official opening of the accompanying exhibition will be held on September 16, 2016 in Amsterdam's Oude Kerk.
In September a two-volume, slipcased edition of photographs by Bob Mizer will be released, titled “1000 Model Directory.” In 1945 Bob Mizer (1922-1992) began taking photographs of strapping young men on Muscle Beach in Venice, California. In December of that year he formed the Athletic Model Guild to market his photos, and “physique photography” was born.
Alongside four other cities in the world, Amsterdam is ahead in the fight against AIDS/HIV. The initiative Fast Track Cities announced this result at AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South-Africa.
A.S.V.Gay?! Most of the gay people we bump into and tell about our student union don’t get much further than “it must be something gay.” This is in fact already quite a lot, because straight people invariably simply hear the letter “g” (in Dutch) rather than gay, so you have an advantage.
This year from September 22 till September 25, the third edition of Rotterdam Pride will take place. For this event, everyone is invited to Rotterdam to celebrate sexual diversity. In addition to a packed arts and culture program, the center of the harbor town will host many parties and celebrations.