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The municipality of Tholen in the Zeeland province will dedicate itself to the advancement of social acceptance and safety of LGBTs, and in particular of LGBT youth. It is a remarkable step, as in recent years the municipality has been in the news because of its LGBT unfriendly policies.

Mar 2017       
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The story of the Wagner clan – with all their violations of conventional morals, intrigues, scandals, and power-struggles surrounding Bayreuth – has kept the public spellbound for over 150 years. The “Green Hill” and the festival held there annually since 1951 are regarded, by many, as the “Pantheon of the German People,” a national shrine and cultural asset of the highest order.

Mar 2017       
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The CDA party convention unanimously backed a proposal on the inclusion of an explicit prohibition of LGBTI discrimination in the Constitution. With this, a majority in parliament for such a ban is finally in sight. The COC has urged the CDA (Christen-Democratisch Appèl) to do so, and is extremely happy with the party’s decision.

Mar 2017       
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The annual invasion of Amsterdam by Bears is almost at hand! From March 2-6, the city will revolve around the Amsterdam Bear Weekend 2017, with as usual a diverse program.

Feb 2017       
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Last year, La Demence celebrated its twenty-seventh anniversary in Palais 12, a huge venue under the Atomium in Brussels. With 6,500 visitors from seventy-eight nationalities, an overwhelming indoor arena and great shows, La Demence made a huge impression.

Feb 2017       
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The United Nations General Assembly again gave its support to the independent LGBT human rights expert at the UN. A proposal by Burkina Faso to make the expert's work impossible was voted out. In cooperation with other organisations and governments, COC Netherlands has worked hard for this victory.

Feb 2017       
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News comes and goes, usually only the 'main' news-items are remembered, such as the Orlando shootings. But as the smaller news items usually bear as much sorrow and greef as for the people concerning it, below our yearly news overview, so we will not forget.

Feb 2017       
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The COC is positive about the first steps that were announced by the government in order to limit gender registration. COC Netherlands has been advocating this since November 2015. The interest groups call on the government to "quickly tackle this issue" and eventually abolish gender registration by the government.

Feb 2017       
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From Thursday, March 2, through Monday, March 6, the Amsterdam scene is in celebration of the Amsterdam Bear Weekend. Some years ago, this annual event was successfully launched by Michael Roks as Amsterdam Bear Pride. The event is aimed at “bears, cubs, muscle bears, daddies, chubbies, chasers, polarbears and everything in between,” as the organizers describe the potential visitors.

Feb 2017       
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After two successful years, the Tea Dance party is hipper than ever! In February 2015 the Backdoor returned to the capital after a radio silence of ten years. Again, the party is a household name in the gay and open-minded party scene. A packed venue, relaxing house music mixed with brilliant MCs and rousing dance performances, wonderful entertainment and beautiful people.

Jan 2017       
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A year ago Berlin’s Schwules Museum announced an overview of the collections. This self-reflection was interrupted because of a special exhibition but will now be re-installed. Of course, this re-installment will be novel. New art works within the exhibit will bring new perspectives and discussions. The first “special” is devoted to “Rock Hudson and the AIDS Crisis.”

Jan 2017       
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Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and COC Netherlands will start registering the problems transgender asylum encounter with care, housing, discrimination, and safety.

Jan 2017       
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Despite a decrease of people diagnosed with HIV, there is reason for concern. Nearly 50% of all new HIV cases is diagnosed too late. The Dutch HIV Association HVN is extremely worried. People who do not belong to the high-risk groups, such as heterosexual men and people over 45, are often treated too late.

Jan 2017       
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Corine van Dun (63) is 46th on the D66 candidate's list for next year's Lower House elections. Van Dun is President of Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN).

Dec 2016       
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Various municipalities organize information meetings in refugee centres to increase the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) among refugees. ‘It is important that municipalities think carefully about how to organize information for asylum seekers. Interventions may not work at all or even backfire. The group's attitude towards LGBTs then will become more negative instead of more positive.’

Dec 2016       
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Two youngsters who have founded a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at their schools were nominated for an award. Costas Vermeer, pupil of secondary modern school Pieter Nieuwland College in Amsterdam was nominated by magazine 7Days for the Youngster of the Year Award.

Dec 2016       
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In September the Coming 7th edition of the European La Demence gay cruise offers you a unique itinerary from Lisbon to Madeira and the Canary islands, on board of the ship Monarch. With more then 2,000 queers on a ship, it's offering a mix of culture, relaxation and the best open air parties.

Dec 2016       
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Preventing HIV with the HIV prevention pill PrEP is something Dutch parties D66 and GroenLinks now also want. Both parties submitted a motion in parliament last November to compensate PrEP for people who run a high risk of contracting HIV as of next year.

Dec 2016       
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On Saturday, December 10, Eric Wiss will give a lecture about the controversial Dutch author Gerard Reve (1923–2006) and Catholicism with the title “U heb ik lief”. In the lecture, he will try to find answers to questions such as: Which factors played a part in Gerard Reve’s conversion to Catholicism, and which people influenced him in this decision.

Dec 2016       
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The national football associations of Belgium, England, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Northern-Ireland, Scotland and Turkey, and the UEFA and FARE were present at The European Diversity Statement event in the Amsterdam ArenA last month.

Dec 2016       
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On December 8 and December 22 an extraordinary event will be presented at Club Church. Daring, extravagant, satiric, irreverent, edgy, independent, politically incorrect, astonishing and funny... concepts that somehow define Cabaret Bizarro’s proposal for a very special night out on Thursday, before the weekend awakes.

Dec 2016       
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The only thing even more extravagant than his pictures is Robert Mapplethorpe’s (1946–1989) own life. The American was obsessed about becoming famous, and he let nothing stand in his way. Sex was his other obsession, and even in this he was limitless and shameless, both in his own experience of it as his explicit pictures. In the documentary Mapplethorpe - Look at the pictures is it easy to see why his work was so controversial and why the charismatic Mapplethorpe was so loved by many.

Nov 2016       
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For the second time, Gallery MooiMan male-art published the only tear-off calendar in the world with the male as the central theme. What began last year as a continuation of a long tradition of calendars (“Flikkeragenda” and “Homogenda”) has attained the character of a collectable. Especially since in 2016, the calendar was included in two museum collections, one in Berlin and one in New York City.

Nov 2016       
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There have been various exhibitions on Klaus Mann (1906-1949), the enfant terrible of the literary Mann family, exploring his role as a prominent representative of gay culture and literature in the early twentieth century.

Nov 2016       
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Throughout the Netherlands, gay bars, restaurants and discos are closing their doors. In our most Southern province Limburg, this is no different. It’s just how the cookie crumbles. Where in the recent past, there still was plenty to choose from, now one really has to look and still it will be difficult to find them.

Nov 2016       
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Botswana expelled an American hate preacher and made him persona non grata after he called on the government to kill all homosexuals in Botswana in a local radio show. The organisation LeGaBiBo played an important part in the deportation.

Nov 2016       
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A report by a Russian and Ukrainian human rights organizations reveals that since the beginning of the Crimean Crisis in 2014, the situation for LGBTs in the Crimean and Eastern Ukraine has deteriorated.

Nov 2016       
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The English Football Association has suspended Andre Gray for four matches because of a number of tweets, including one with homophobic content. According to the Football Association (FA), the Burnley player was found guilty of discrediting football as well as discrimination. Gray has issued a former apology, and both he and his club accept the disciplinary action.

Nov 2016       
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COC Netherlands and Minister Ard van der Steur discussed the safety of lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with an intersex condition. The gay interest group COC wants perpetrators of LGBT discrimination persecuted more often, and calls for performance agreements with the police and the Public Prosecution.

Nov 2016       
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From the 16th until the 27th of November, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will show over three hundred documentaries at various locations. For nearly thirty years now, IDFA offers an inspiring program, with touching, intriguing, revealing, incredible and bizarre real-life stories that show there is more than just one reality.

Nov 2016       
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The Human Rights Council of the UN has taken an historic decision with the appointment of the Thai human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn as the first ever Independent Expert for LGBTs. He will be in charge of combating violence and discrimination against LGBTs, and the promotion of advancing their human rights.

Nov 2016       
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Saturday, November 19 is the date for Furball – Amsterdam’s Butch and Bear Cruise & Dance Party. Furball is a party for bears, otters, cubs, chubs, and their lovers. Hair is not obligatory, but a smile is.

Nov 2016       
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There will be more clarity about the regulations on multi-parenthood early December. Minister Van der Steur made this promise to gay interest group COC when Ouders van Nu, Meer dan Gewenst, and COC offered him a petition.

Nov 2016       
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On September 30, an exhibition with works by Maurice Heerdink (*1955) opened in Museum Soest. Heerdink rarely shows his work. The last exhibition showcasing his paintings took place in Museum Hoorn on the occasion of his fiftieth birthday. Now, ten years later, his work again can be seen, at Museum Soest this time.

Oct 2016       
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From October 28 the exhibition “Project ZuiderBurg II” is shown at Getto Food and Drinks in Amsterdam’s Warmoesstraat. The men behind Project ZuiderBurg are Photoshop-artist Gabriel Batenburg and photographer René Zuiderveld.

Oct 2016       
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On Saturday, October 29, Inside Leather History, A Fireside Chat and the LeatherHistory.eu Foundation will organise a live-on-stage interview with the Amsterdam entrepreneur Martijn Bakker.

Oct 2016       
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October 27-31, the twentieth edition of the Amsterdam Leather Pride will take place. Frank van Schie, Mr. Leather Amsterdam 2015 describes the key goal of the event as: “Socialize with friends and other wonderful individuals and talk about our lives and experiences. Meeting without telephones but having an interest in each other as men, not on the telephone.” In most cases, there certainly will be a kinky element to these meetings and socializing!

Oct 2016       
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The Gay Sauna in Enschede’s City Center: Sauna ’t Bölke is an ideal location to meet discreetly with “new” friends, and make use of all the facilities in a relaxed atmosphere. The sauna has a floor area of more than twelve hundred square meters, divided over four floors.

Oct 2016       
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The weekend from October 27, from October 27 till October 31, La Demence is celebratign it's 27 year anniversary.

Oct 2016       
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“It's just a phase.” “You cannot choose”. Or: “You're gay, but you don't realise it yet.” These are just some of the many examples of the numerous prejudices bisexuals have to deal with.

Oct 2016       
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On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Krzysztof Dobrowolski-Onclin, MA, will give a lecture on Michelangelo’s men at IHLIA, the international gay/lesbian library, archive, information and documentation center. Michelangelo was a painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and urbanist - a typical “homo universalis” of the Renaissance.

Oct 2016       
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“Down the Rabbit Hole” is a farewell gift of sorts from drag queen-turned-photographer Vicki Leaks to a unique band of Amsterdam drag queens, club kids and performers, many of whom form Club Church’s House of Hopelezz.

Sep 2016       
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The Pink Party was established by COC Limburg in 1978 with the intention to give the concept of integration more content. The diversity of the visitors as an example of integration is the reason that COC Limburg is still organizing it, first upcoming October 8th.

Sep 2016       
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The eighth Annual MiFo GLBT Film Festival kicks off its Fort Lauderdale edition on October 7, 2016, spanning two weekends, with seven days of film and events through October 16. MiFo presents more than fifty films from throughout the world, guest appearances by actors, directors and producers, and a lineup of spectacular parties and events.

Sep 2016       
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The Delft police have fined three men for disturbing an introductory activity of the Delft gay student's union Outsite. The students were verbally abused and spat at. Because of the start of the academic year and the arrival of new first-year students at TU Delft in September, activities took place all week.

Sep 2016       
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For many people, the Caribbean is the perfect holiday destination with an ideal combination of sun, sea, beaches, and historic sites. One of these tourist destinations is Belize, the former British Honduras, which is fully independent since 1981. A combination of natural circumstances, the climate, the Barrier Reef, numerous islands, excellent opportunities for fishing, safe waters for water sports, snorkeling and scuba diving, and the beautiful flora and fauna, has created a thriving tourism industry in the country.

Sep 2016       
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“Many of the people in the meeting group for older homosexual men in the Soviet-Union were blackmailed, ‘treated’ or intimidated by the police in their younger years. They truly were criminalised, but now we fortunately can embrace life with each other, be ourselves, and take care of each other.” These are the words of Alexei Marcicov from Moldavia, who has been organising for some years a meeting group for gay men - unique for the region.

Sep 2016       
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In the run up to the EuroPride in Amsterdam, some optimists speculated that perhaps up to one million visitors would go to our capital to celebrate this festival of sexual diversity. Those unrealistic expectations did not materialize, but last year’s number of visitors, at already record levels, were matched.

Sep 2016       
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The HIV prevention pill, also known as PrEP, can now be used in Europe for the prevention of HIV. The European Medicines Agency -(EMA) announced the news mid-August. Five interest groups call on Health Minister Schippers to make PrEP available immediately, now the EMA approval has taken away the last condition for introduction in the Netherlands.

Sep 2016       
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On June 23, 2002, after twelve years and 359 days, Havana’s curtains fell. The Havana was a household name in Amsterdam’s Reguliersdwarsstraat and very popular in the 1990s with spectacular parties and innovative music with great appeal to both gay and straight.

Sep 2016       
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A photo of the Turkish riot police preventing the Pride Parade in Istanbul in June 2016 is the winner of the sixth edition of the International Pride Photo Award. The photo was taken by the Turkish photo journalist Akin Celiktas. The award ceremony and official opening of the accompanying exhibition will be held on September 16, 2016 in Amsterdam's Oude Kerk.

Sep 2016       
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While those other Games were taking place in Rio de Janeiro, the world’s attention was firmly on the Homomonument in Amsterdam on Friday, August 5, for the twelfth European Drag Olympics.

Sep 2016       
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In September a two-volume, slipcased edition of photographs by Bob Mizer will be released, titled “1000 Model Directory.” In 1945 Bob Mizer (1922-1992) began taking photographs of strapping young men on Muscle Beach in Venice, California. In December of that year he formed the Athletic Model Guild to market his photos, and “physique photography” was born.

sep 2016       
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Alongside four other cities in the world, Amsterdam is ahead in the fight against AIDS/HIV. The initiative Fast Track Cities announced this result at AIDS2016, the international AIDS conference held in Durban, South-Africa.

sep 2016       
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After four years, a second volume of “Dubbelaars/Doubles” has been published by gallery MooiMan, a 108 page, deluxe photo book in which photographer Ewoud Broeksma (1957) has fifty-three men pose dressed and naked in exactly the same position.

sep 2016       
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This year from September 22 till September 25, the third edition of Rotterdam Pride will take place. For this event, everyone is invited to Rotterdam to celebrate sexual diversity. In addition to a packed arts and culture program, the center of the harbor town will host many parties and celebrations.

aug 2016       
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Last July, GLAAD and Interscope Records released “Hands,” a musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, featuring Mary J Blige, Jason Derulo, Tyler Glenn, Selena Gomez, Halsey, Ty Herndon, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Adam Lambert, Mary Lambert, Jennifer Lopez, the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, Kacey Musgraves, MNEK, Alex Newell, P!nk, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, RuPaul, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani, and Meghan Trainor. The tribute is available at iTunes exclusively.

aug 2016       
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Patient Organization Transvisie presented its research into care for transgender people in the Netherlands. The research specifically studied the consequences of the long waiting list in the Netherlands. On average, patients wait 18-24 months for help. 26% of transgender women and 7% of transgender men are self-medicating, with serious consequences.

aug 2016       
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For the thirteenth time Phantasialand, Germany’s beloved amusement park, is hosting “Fantasypride,” the annual event for GLBT people and their friends. Not only can visitors enjoy the thrilling rides and shows Phantasialand has to offer, but also a variety of additional highlights.

aug 2016       
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With the hoisting of the rainbow flag on the square in front of the County House it is now official: As of July 6, Drenthe is the first Rainbow County of the Netherlands. With the flag, the parliament of Drente wants to give a clear message that it is committed to the safety, resilience and social acceptance of LGBTs.’ Everyone counts in Drente.’

aug 2016       
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