January was the month of New Year’s resolutions and reflection. Let’s drink less, have fewer hangovers, and spend less money. Less than two days into the New Year, and all of these good intentions are out of the window. Let’s try again next year. But which intentions remain? More parties, more excitement, more fun people to meet! YES.
Dear Neighbors to the North, Last year, Boudewijn Van Spilbeeck, the fifty-eight-year-old journalist at the News Service of Flemish commercial broadcaster VTM, announced that from that moment on, he wanted to go through life as a woman. By now Bo has completed all her operations and transition, and is back at work full-time.
With my hand up, a tattoo glued to my hand and with an angry look, I want everyone to know that I’ve had enough... “What are you fed up with?” Anton the photographer wants to know. “With the violence, aggression and the hatred against GLBTI+.” There are a lot of people at the protest event. It also strikes me that there are a lot of young people who have themselves photographed by Anton de Bruin, the engine behind the virtual barricade.
This year, the Pride is dedicated to the history of the before and after of the Stonewall riots (end of June 1969), which many gay - and straight - people view as the beginning of the gay movement. In the Netherlands, we are proud the fact that six months earlier, on January 21, 1969, young homosexuals and lesbians protested at the Binnenhof, the square in front of Dutch parliament in The Hague.
The man who wanted to 'cure' gay people of their sexual orientation and claimed to be able to change the sexuality of people, has now come out of the closet himself. In a Facebook message, conversion therapist David Matheson says that he recognizes that he has damaged people through his work.
This year, COCs Bob Angelo Medal has been awarded to LGBTI activist Hans Verhoeven and Kevin Jennings, initiator of the worldwide GSA movement at schools. COC President Astrid Oosenbrug presented the medals to the winners at COCs sold-out True Colors event at Paradiso Amsterdam.
Again, from March 14 until March 24, 2019, cinema Het Ketelhuis on the Westergasterrein will serve for eleven consecutive days as the GLBTQ hotspot for movie lovers. The twenty-second edition of the Pink Movie Days has an impressive number of 140 offerings of the most beautiful and interesting gay cinema.
This year, the traditional Amsterdam Bear Weekend (ABW) will take place March 21-25. As in previous years, it promises to be a relaxed event full of togetherness, conviviality and a touch of horniness. Events in The Web, Prik and the Bear-Ball in Panama will guarantee an unforgettable weekend.
Since last month, I live in Hooge Zwaluwe in the Dutch province of Brabant again. It is February, and almost time for the traditional carnival. The last time I celebrated it was four year ago with my friend Wouter. He left Amsterdam in his rabbit suit and me in my sailor outfit, going to Breda with public transport. We were very popular. I told him about the old days, about how I used to celebrate carnival in my home town Breda, the city where I now live close by again.
The most famous leather and fetish shop in the world is celebrating its anniversary with a party at Club Church in Amsterdam. On March the second, Mister B will be twenty-five years young! We spoke to brand and event manager Tony de Wilde about this anniversary year and to look back at the history of this iconic brand.