It was 1974. We didn’t have computers and cell phones yet, but what I did have was a subscription to “Binky,” a sex magazine for gays. It contained pictures of naked boys, some exciting stories, and contact adverts. I read those adverts and thought of the people placing them.
Not coming out of the closet publicly with your sexual preference, not understanding what this feeling of being in love exactly means, or simply not being able to come out because of religion or social situations. We have all experienced it, hiding at the back of the closed closet.
In the past, coming out as a gay man often meant considering: “But I wanted to be a father, and that’s going to be impossible.” In the Netherlands now, male couples or single gays have several options in order to realize their wish to become a father.
A recently published American study in the “Columbia Journal of Gender and Law” examines the extent to which - according to US legislation - assault, rape or the administration of intentional injuries related to stealthing can be determined. For those who are not familiar with the term: stealthing means that the man removes the condom during anal or vaginal penetration unnoticed.
On behalf of the municipality of Amsterdam and the Bestuurlijk Overleg Zwerfjongeren, The Netherlands centre for social development Movisie will map the problems of homeless Dutch LGBTI youth. Unique to this research is the fact that some of the researchers were previously homeless themselves.
A pastor in Brunswick, Georgia, USA, who was fiercely campaigning against gay and transgender rights, was at the end of April sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for sexual molestation of a fifteen-year-old boy and girl.
In the SBS6 TV show Hart van Nederland, transgender woman Jessica tells the horrible tale of her being taken hostage and abused. Five suspects are now in custody. Jessica has shared her story on television because ‘this ordeal should not happen to anyone in the future’. Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and COC Netherlands responded in absolute horror.
On Sunday June 18, Kees van Twist - former Director of the Groninger Museum - will open the gay art route in Den Bosch, incorporating the exhibition “Roze Munitie” (Pink Ammunition) in Museum Het Kruithuis. This exhibition is part of the twenty-eighth Pink Saturday that will be held in Den Bosch this year.
Legal recognition of gender equality is gaining a bigger foothold in Europe. Same-sex partners are getting more access to more and more rights in more and more European countries. This is evidenced by research by legal scientists from Leiden and French demographers. They have published a detailed data bank and a comparative analysis on the subject.
This month, I can only share my worries about the future, as the financial feasibility of the Amsterdam Pride in its present form is under pressure. If Amsterdam wants to celebrate a Pride in 2018, it will be necessary to take a look at how the city can embrace the festival in a different way.
Nowadays, films in which gays play a lead or supporting role are no exception. Even the dream factory Hollywood has embraced gay love. And it did so successfully, as evidenced by the enthusiastic reviews “Brokeback Mountain” got over ten years ago and the commercial profits from the movie.
He’s funky and smiling, has just arrived in Amsterdam a few months ago and already presents a retrospective of his art and design in a splendid store that he turned into a pop-up gallery, in the Jordaan at Westerstraat 59-61.