Each month, Jurandy Lucas (creative producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. The summer season has started, and that means festivals! This month we went to the Liberation Party at the Amsterdam Homomonument and Utrecht’s “Eurovision Alley.”
None of the remaining documents about the Stijkel group mention homosexuality, nor their personal lives. Schorer was extremely cautious and discreet in mentioning other homosexuals, as it was something one had better kept a secret. He does refer to other members of the Stijkel group who also were “like that,” but we can only guess. Again, we know nothing.
Researchers from the University of Groningen and Movisie are conducting a survey into the experiences of professionals and volunteers working with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender youths suffering from suicidal thoughts. In addition to “hands-on” experts, the researchers also seek out professionals and volunteers who want to share their experiences in a group interview, which will take about one and a half to two hours.
I turned fifty this month. On the morning of my birthday, I looked at myself in the mirror, saw some new crow’s feet around my eyes, and grabbed the framed family photograph that was made when my father turned fifty (in 1985) to compare myself to him.
Dear Neighbors to the North, The Belgian Pride of May 19 was held over a month ago. It was a pride that is memorable for several reasons. In the first place because of the Pride itself. For obscure reasons, the parade went through the narrow streets of Brussels’ centre.
It is summer, and many are away on holiday. In the background, however, many a team, company or organization is working on the many parties, festivals and other events of Pride Amsterdam 2018, as well as the spectacular boat parade on the Prinsengracht. We went to have a chat with the Spijker Bar team, the Spijker Bar being the only gay bar with a boat during Pride.
A Christian baker from Colorado who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple based on religious grounds was consequently met with hostility by the Equal Opportunities Commission of Colorado. On these grounds the American Supreme Court rejected the gay couple’s charge and the baker was not prosecuted.
From July 23 to 27, AIDS 2018 will be organized in Amsterdam, the largest global conference on HIV. Some eighteen thousand doctors, researchers and people with HIV from all over the world are then in the Netherlands to share the latest knowledge as well as their experiences.
During the international Amsterdam AIDS conference, AIDS 2018, thousands of people will demonstrate in solidarity on July 23 to join forces in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Why organize a march? This demonstration is intended to make people aware that AIDS is still a major concern for humanity and a threat to many vulnerable populations in the world.
From July 23 till July 27, scientists, policy-makers, activists and politicians will travel to Amsterdam for the largest global health conference: AIDS 2018. They gather for the twenty-second time to discuss solutions to end this global epidemic.
Club ’t Bölke kicks off the Grolsch Summer Sounds for the twelfth time on Thursday, July 19th. Again this year, the Oude Markt in Enschede will be the place to be from 19:00 to 00:30 on, with spectacular acts, drag queens, dancers, live performances and exciting music.
Just thirty minutes sailing from the former Dutch Antilles Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, you will find a president who not only lets his people starve, but also die from infectious diseases that are completely treatable, such as HIV.
On July 28, Pathé Tuschinski will revive the renowned Cabaret La Gaité (gaiety, entertainment). La Gaité was a beloved Amsterdam nightclub in the years 1921-1940. In the whole wide world, there isn’t a more beautiful cinema than Tuschinski in Amsterdam’s Reguliersbreestraat, in which the Amsterdam School, Jugendstil and Art Deco styles can be clearly recognized.
Refugees with an LGBT background have their creative talent and their lives as artists take centre stage in the special exhibition ‘Pride & Prejudice’. Through moving personal stories and art installations, visitors experience the diversity, creativity and survival instinct of refugees from different parts of the world, travelling to the Netherlands because of their sexual orientation.