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According to COC Netherlands, a new study on multiple parenthood is completely superfluous. The outline of the legislation is ready and should to be introduced by the next cabinet

Oct 2017       
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A man in Amsterdam has to leave his rented accommodation for terrorising his lesbian neighbours for a period of two years. The serious inconvenience the man caused his neighbours over the past two years was discussed in depth at court.

Oct 2017       
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Slightly more than a month after leathermen and other fetish lovers gather in San Francisco for the annual Folsom Street Fair, a street festival that is the main attraction of the Leather Pride Week in the City by the Bay and attracts up to 400,000 visitors, the fetish lover can go and visit the Dutch capital for Leather Pride Amsterdam.

Oct 2017       
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This year, Leather Pride Amsterdam will take place end October. The first time it was held was in 1995, when the Motor Sportclub Amsterdam (MSA) celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary at the end of October with a big leather and fetish weekend in Hotel Arena.

Oct 2017       
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From September 19, Getto Food and Drinks in Amsterdam will be showing the photo series “Gay in Uganda” by Swiss-Dutch photographer Patrick Rohr. The exhibit can be visited till October 23.

Oct 2017       
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Visit the Rainbow Expo, the best gay lifestyle event, from October 27-29. It is the perfect outing! Experience the latest trends in lifestyle, entertainment, the culinary art, health, design & luxury, living, leisure, beauty, dating, marrying, art, and community life! Join workshops, taste, shop and enjoy great live performances!

Oct 2017       
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COC Netherlands is extremely concerned about the forthcoming appointment of Pete Hoekstra by President Donald Trump as US ambassador to the Netherlands. Hoekstra is known for his anti-gay views.

Sep 2017       
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People who are living with HIV and are effectively treated, do not transfer the HIV virus in sexual contact. This can be read in the consensus statement Aidsfonds - Soa Aids Netherlands and hundreds of scientists, medical and health organizations now subscribe to.

Sep 2017       
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The number of HIV diagnoses in the city of Amsterdam has halved over a 5-year period. The city has been very successful in the implementation of the UN targets in the fight against new HIV infections. This was made evident in a report presented by UNAIDS in July on the eve of the International Aids Conference in Paris.

Sep 2017       
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Since 1984, Gert Hekma was the figurehead of Gay and Lesbian Studies at the University of Amsterdam. This year, however, sees his retirement. Gert Hekma has now officially left the sociology and anthropology department of the University of Amsterdam. With giving the annual Mosse Lecture on the 20th of September he will say his official goodbyes to Gay and Lesbian Studies, which was set up in 1984.

Sep 2017       
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Rotterdam Pride, the event that celebrates sexual diversity, will be held September 21-24. This year, Rotterdam Pride wants to emphasize the responsibility we all have as individuals, as a group, and as a society to keep the conversation going, to create a safe climate for ourselves and our fellow human beings, being true to yourself whatever your orientation or gender identity.

Sep 2017       
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On June 28, it was one hundred years ago that the comedian, singer and actor Wim Sonneveld (1917-1974) was born. To celebrate this happy fact, the Amsterdam bridge 175 on the Marnixstraat that spans the Leidsegracht was officially renamed the Wim Sonneveld Bridge on that very same day. The nameplate was unveiled by, among others, comedian André van Duin.

Sep 2017       
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The Pride Walk, starting at Homomonument and going to Vondelpark for the Rainbow Park, marked the start of a very successfull Pride week.

Sep 2017       
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After the spectacular Backdoor meets Flikker edition last July in Akhnaton, Backdoor returns on Saturday, September 9. It will be the eighteenth edition of this gay and open-minded Backdoor party.

Aug 2017       
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Homonegativity has fallen sharply, and young people have their first sexual experience at a later age. At an average of 18.6 years, half of Dutch youth in the age bracket 12-25 has had sexual intercourse. In 2012 this was 17.1. These are some of the results of the third edition of a representative and large-scale study Seks onder je 25e.

Aug 2017       
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The 45 Rainbow Cities want to continue their policy aimed at increasing social acceptance and the emancipation and security of LGBTIs. This intention is recorded in the declaration of intent Van Regenboog naar Horizon, which was presented at the city hall in Den Bosch during Pink Saturday 2017.

Aug 2017       
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The Gay Pride Week is one of the highlights of the year for the GLBTQ community. In addition to the famous boat parade, numerous other activities are organized to celebrate and ensure the emancipation and freedom of the GLBTQ community. This year, student union A.S.V.Gay will be organizing a symposium in which the “gay scene” will be put under the microscope.

Jul 2017       
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FunHouse XXL- for the second time now, the Gashouder venue will also be incorporated into this Pride edition of FunHouse. An unprecedented laser-light and visual spectacle show is unleashed in this industrial monument, an absolutely unique location.

Jul 2017       
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This year, the twenty-second edition of Pride Amsterdam will take place. Earlier this year, Artis Zoo proudly announced the fact that for the first time in its history, a couple of griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) is taking care of a chick. The egg of the male couple was found unsupervised and was placed in an incubator.

Jul 2017       
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The nostalgic ones among us can truly indulge themselves on July 29, when a special homage to Abraham Tuschinski’s famous Soirée Dansant & Chantant will take place at the beloved and luxuriously decorated room on the first floor of Tushinski’s film palace.

Jul 2017       
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Berlin’s Schwules Museum has organized an exhibition commemorating the 300th Birthday of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), which is curated by Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens.

Jul 2017       
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COC Netherlands calls on the Jehovah's Witnesses organisation to remove an LGBTI hostile video from their website, and have a conversation with the gay interest group.

Jul 2017       
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For the thirteenth time, drag queen and king athletes from around the globe will flock to Amsterdam to compete in the world’s one and only drag sporting event, The Drag Olympics.

Jul 2017       
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Bölke kicks off the Grolsch Summer Sounds for the eleventh time on Thursday, July 20th. 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.

Jul 2017       
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BA KDOOR® is the gay and open-minded dance and social event on Saturday night. It takes you on a trip through the new and approved Amsterdam club scene, with artists and performance art: for people who love people!

Jul 2017       
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The Amsterdam Gay Pride Foundation has grown. Besides the work organization and the board, ten committees are now also up and running. The purpose of each committee is to ensure an attractive and festive program that has real content. Four of these committee chairmen give some more information on their committee, as well as the parts of the Pride program they helped initiate.

Jul 2017       
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In mid-July, a wonderful photo book by American photographer Shirley Agudo titled “Amsterdam Streethearts” will be released by publishing house Bas Lubberhuizen. The month of August in Amsterdam traditionally comes with an abundance of colors, with GLBTs visiting from all over the world to attent the famous Canal Parade, but also to enjoy the Drag Olympics.

Jul 2017       
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In the media, terms such as “transgender” and “gender identity” are increasingly used, while “genderqueer” and “gender fluid” are still relatively new concepts. It should be clear that the traditional male/female role models are slowly shifting, and that especially the younger generation is increasingly seeking new ways to express their own identity in less conventional ways.

Jul 2017       
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Bianca Del Rio will be visiting Amsterdam on July 28 as part of her comedy tour. This guarantees an enjoyable evening full of provocative entertainment. On the threshold of her visit we were allowed to ask her some questions.

Jul 2017       
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Impression of an amazing Weekend in Brussels, last Easter

Jun 2017       
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In the past, coming out as a gay man often meant considering: “But I wanted to be a father, and that’s going to be impossible.” In the Netherlands now, male couples or single gays have several options in order to realize their wish to become a father.

Jun 2017       
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On behalf of the municipality of Amsterdam and the Bestuurlijk Overleg Zwerfjongeren, The Netherlands centre for social development Movisie will map the problems of homeless Dutch LGBTI youth. Unique to this research is the fact that some of the researchers were previously homeless themselves.

Jun 2017       
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A pastor in Brunswick, Georgia, USA, who was fiercely campaigning against gay and transgender rights, was at the end of April sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for sexual molestation of a fifteen-year-old boy and girl.

Jun 2017       
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In the SBS6 TV show Hart van Nederland, transgender woman Jessica tells the horrible tale of her being taken hostage and abused. Five suspects are now in custody. Jessica has shared her story on television because ‘this ordeal should not happen to anyone in the future’. Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and COC Netherlands responded in absolute horror.

Jun 2017       
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On Sunday June 18, Kees van Twist - former Director of the Groninger Museum - will open the gay art route in Den Bosch, incorporating the exhibition “Roze Munitie” (Pink Ammunition) in Museum Het Kruithuis. This exhibition is part of the twenty-eighth Pink Saturday that will be held in Den Bosch this year.

Jun 2017       
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Legal recognition of gender equality is gaining a bigger foothold in Europe. Same-sex partners are getting more access to more and more rights in more and more European countries. This is evidenced by research by legal scientists from Leiden and French demographers. They have published a detailed data bank and a comparative analysis on the subject.

Jun 2017       
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Recently Soa Aids Nederland introduced Advies.chat. It is the first online STD test advisor that gives reliable advice on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) test, whenever you need it.

Jun 2017       
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He’s funky and smiling, has just arrived in Amsterdam a few months ago and already presents a retrospective of his art and design in a splendid store that he turned into a pop-up gallery, in the Jordaan at Westerstraat 59-61.

May 2017       
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The Amsterdam VUmc Hospital is looking into the possibility of helping gay couples with surrogacy. Among gay couples, the interest for this is increasing, but as such it is not possible in the Netherlands still. Now, gay couples need to go abroad for an expensive and often uncertain process.

May 2017       
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In the new Dutch Lower House there are now seven openly LGBTI MPs. Eleven so-called rainbow candidates were also elected - candidates who had registered with COCs election website GayVote, indicating that they are committed to LHBTI emancipation.

May 2017       
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It is time again to get your rubber, leather, sports or other fetish outfits out of the closet for the Amsterdam Fetish Pride. The Fetish Pride runs from May 25 to May 29. This sixth edition includes events at The Cuckoo’s Nest, Club Church, Dirty Dicks, the Eagle Amsterdam, and The Web. Fetish stores Black Body, Mister B, RoB, and hairdresser Cuts & Curls will also do their bit in making this yet another successful Fetish Pride.

May 2017       
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The German government has approved the rehabilitation of men convicted of homosexual acts under section 175 of the Criminal Code in post-war Germany, as suggested in a bill by Justice Minister Heiko Maas (SPD). In Germany, homosexual acts were a punishable offence between May 15, 1871 and March 10, 1994.

May 2017       
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This year again on and around our Pride Monument, the Homomonument, the Second World War (1940-1945) will be commemorated on May 4 after two minutes of silence at 20:00.

May 2017       
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In 1993 the International Gay Monument The Hague was unveiled. The initiative for this monument to commemorate all gay men and lesbians in the world who are persecuted and oppressed and who died because of their sexual preference, was taken in 1985. More than a year later, on October 20th, 1986, a proposal for this monument was discussed and adopted by the The Hague city council.

May 2017       
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Sauna Nieuwezijds, Amsterdam’s popular gay sauna near Central Station, closes for the month of May to fully renovate. Although open for less than four years, there are structural problems to the building that need to be addressed.

Apr 2017       
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It is nearly that time of the year again. Half of Europe is under the spell of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, starting May 10th. Will the sweet Dutch O’G3NE girls be heard in the midst of all that blood-curdling screeching? Meanwhile, Song Contest loving Amsterdam is getting ready for its very own version of this battle. For the fifteenth consecutive year, the EuroSongTravestival will be held on May 7 in the Winston Kingdom.

Apr 2017       
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In the Russian autonomous republic of Chechnya homosexuals are widely persecuted because of their sexual orientation, independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports. The information has been confirmed by Human Rights Watch. In Chechnya, at least one hundred people were arrested without grounds, and three people were reportedly killed since the beginning of the year.

Apr 2017       
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Bet van Beeren was a legendary landlady. In a leather coat she would tear across town on her motorbike, sometimes with a new fiancée. Café ’t Mandje was one of the first bars where gay men and lesbian women didn’t have to hide their sexual orientation. But Bet would not allow kissing in the bar.

Apr 2017       
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As of last March same-sex couples can get married in Finland. This means that marriage is now opened up for same-sex couples throughout Scandinavia. A bill to make marriage for same-sex couples possible was already adopted in November 2014 by the Finnish Parliament and signed by the President of Finland in February 2015.

Apr 2017       
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The Backdoor Teadance, having just celebrated its 2nd birthday edition, will finally be followed by the Teadance on 13th May. It’s third year will be initiated in club AKHNATON with the unique Backdoor feeling: happy, sexy and especially energetic!

Apr 2017       
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The City of North Miami unveiled a new sculpture installation on Saturday, March 4th, that was commissioned to “Celebrate the legacy of Miami-Dade County’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer champions and the historic milestones of their community,” said Scott Galvin, the North Miami Councilman who spearheaded this project.

Apr 2017       
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Homosexual men often feel a barrier in participating in team or contact sports such as football. This is revealed by a study on LGBTI's in sports by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), which was published last March 9.

Apr 2017       
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The Zeedijk, Amsterdam’s cosiest street, will again be the place to be on King’s Night and King’s Day, April 27. With a large stage, outside bars, and several live acts and DJs, the party is a guaranteed success. As always, this will be under the inspiring leadership of Coby van Dam.

Apr 2017       
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Over the last decade XXXLeather has become a household name in the Amsterdam leather and rubber fetish scene, and in 2013 XXXLeather introduced the Mister XXXLeather election. The first Misters XXXLeather were Charlie J. Rahinman, Arnaud Housenard, and Nick Dawson, who all three have put XXXL on the map, both nationally and internationally. More and more (young) leather and rubber men from abroad now know how to find their way to XXXL, so Mister XXXLeather 2017 was a vacancy that needed to be filled.

Apr 2017       
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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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