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NMBS wants Gender Neutral Toilets in All Stations

Belgian’s national railway carrier NMBS wants to install gender-neutral toilets on all Belgian train stations. At least one toilet should also be available outside office hours.
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Danish gays allowed to donate blood on condition they abstain for 4 months

Gay and bisexual men in Denmark are now permitted to donate blood on condition that they abstain from sex for a period of four months.
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Soho Mixes the Entire alphabet and Has it all

A night out on the Reguliersdwarsstraat. With the current corona-lockdown of nightlife till April 28 we have to wait for it a bit, but it gives us something to look forward to.
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Anderlecht Risks Fine for Homophobic Chants

Early February, the Disputes Committee of the Royal Belgian Football Association (KBVB) discussed the statements made by Anderlecht supporters who sang "All farmers are gay" in the home match against Club Brugge.
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The Dark Male Model: Forbidden Words in Art

In the Black Pete debate and that about the Golden Age, a term that should no longer be used as a concept, and in the run-up to an exhibition about the history of slavery in the Netherlands at the Rijksmuseum, gallery MooiMan shows the dark male in art.
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"Set Clear Standards against Online Bullying"

The COC calls on schools to adopt a clear position, namely that online and offline bullying due to sexual orientation and gender identity is unacceptable. If it does happen, the school should act.
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Australian Open - Icy Embrace of Homophobic Margaret Court

From a celebrated tennis champion to maligned oracle: Margaret Court has travelled that route in more than half a century. The 77-year-old former Australian tennis player was honoured for an exceptional sporting achievement.
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Tribute to Michou, the Blue Prince of Montmartre

Dear Neighbors to the North, Michou is no longer with us. Michou, I hear you say? Michou of Cabaret Michou, in the Parisian art district Montmartre. His real name was Michel Georges Alfred Catty.
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Student LIfe: Hurray, Hurray, We Exist Ten Years!

We can finally say it. A.S.V.Gay has turned ten! That means ten years of parties, social events and, above all, ten years of creating a safe place for GLBTQ+ students.
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Burgemeester Dales Award 2020 for Ben Loth

This year, the Burgemeester Dales Award is awarded to Ben Loth of Amnesty International Nijmegen.
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New York renames park in honor of activist Marsha P. Johnson

The East Side River State Park in Brooklyn will soon be renamed the Marscha P. Johnson Park. Johnson. Marscha P. Johnson was a pioneer in the area of transgender rights and, together with her friend Sylvia Rivera, founded “Street Transvestite Action Foundation”, also known as STAR in the 1970s.
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Varied programming Spijkerbar for Amsterdam Bear Weekend

Without a past there is no present, let alone a future. This certainly applies to the Spijker Bar, which has been located at the start of the Kerkstraat since the late 1960s. The Spijker Bar has stood the test of turbulent gay times.
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The Magic of Backdoor!

Backdoor’s fifth year Anniversary party last January was a ball with Amsterdam's venue Melkweg completely sold out.
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Twenty-Third Edition of the Pink Movie Days, Amsterdam’s GLBTQ Film Festival

UPDATE: Cancelled due to Corona measures

Cinema Het Ketelhuis on the Westergasterrein will again serve as the GLBTQ hotspot for cinema enthusiasts from March 12 till March 22, 2020. This twenty-third edition of Amsterdam’s annual queer movie festival again contains an impressive number of beautiful, interesting and at times simply wonderful films.
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Interview Pieter van Aken, Mister Bear The Netherlands 2019

Pieter van Aken is also known as Pieter Bear and is forty-eight years old. He lives and was born in The Hague and is a master painter. Currently, he focuses more on restoring the paintwork of old barrel organs for museums and collectors.
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Matters of the Heart – My Secret Valentine

The dates for Carnival and Valentine's Day sometimes coincide. This was also the case in 1999. Although I had not lived in Brabant since 1997, but in Rotterdam (before returning to the Province of Brabant last year), I gladly visited Breda to celebrate Carnival with my friends and family.
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Amsterdam Bear Weekend: from Sauna and Bear Cave to Hug of the Year

The Amsterdam Bear Weekend (ABW), now traditionally held during the third weekend of March, shows that cooperation between three organizations in the Amsterdam gay community can be successful.
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Cocktail Fest to Celebrate Anniversary at Maassilo on March 7!

The GLBTI culture in Rotterdam is flourishing again! The success of Rotterdam goes hand in hand with the re-emergence of its famous GLBTI scene. The return of various well-known GLBTI events, the increasingly busy street parties during Rotterdam Pride, the Eurovision Song Contest taking place here, and the fifth edition of Cocktail Fest, show that the city has once again become an attractive GLBTI destination.
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