In 2020, the Olympic Games will be organized in Japan, one of the most paradoxical countries on earth. Tradition and innovation, beautiful geisha’s and dishevelled bums, zen and violence, meditation and the death penalty: the elongated, mountainous country has it all.
More and more bad stuff is happening in our semi-tolerant country. Boys between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, who display different behavior at school, are sometimes literally bullied into the closet.
The German television landscape is colorful and diverse, but it doesn’t shy away from cliché programs. Public TV channels broadcast cooking and debating shows, while private broadcasters continue to pay tribute to trash TV, looking for new, unsuccessful superstars and unnamed top models year after year.
The Protestant Church in the Netherlands (PKN) now offers a nationally established liturgy that can be used in a worship service in which a transgender person presents himself with a new name and receives a blessing.
Dear Neighbors to the North, Welcome to 2020! This column is too short for the obligatory best wishes you have undoubtedly already received in abundance. I would like to focus on the challenges ahead of us in 2020 and possibly also in the coming years.
The number of new HIV diagnoses in the Netherlands is falling again, from 750 in 2017 to 664 in 2018. This is evident from the 2018 figures published by the HIV Monitoring Foundation, Stichting Hiv Monitoring.
In the early twentieth century, Magnus Hirschfeld played an important role in the development of the concept of homosexuality in Germany and far beyond. In his “Institut für Sexualwissenschaft” in Berlin, he and his close colleagues received hundreds of people who wanted information and advice about their sexual life and preferences.
The Dutch Lower House has debated multi-parenthood with responsible Minister Sander Dekker (Legal Protection). COC and the Dutch Gay Parenthood Foundation Meer dan Gewenst urged MPs to finally regulate multiple parenthood and custody properly.
My late mother was once a nun. Around 1950, she joined the Order of the Franciscans in the village of Dongen in the province of Noord-Brabant. A few years later, she left. Monastic life did not suit her.