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Agreements between action group PrEPnu and the Amsterdam pharmacist Hans Smit have resulted in a second hefty price reduction for the HIV prevention pill PrEP. The price of generic PrEP has now dropped from EUR 50 to EURO 39.

Sep 2018       
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Rotterdam Pride will exuberantly celebrating its fifth anniversary from September 27-30 with a diverse, innovative and creative program for everyone!

Sep 2018       
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Earlier this year the first Miss Drag Queen Limburg election ever took place in Maastricht. In the bar of COC Limburg, Café Rosé, a very diverse audience enjoyed the performances by participating drag queens.

Sep 2018       
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As one of the last remaining gay (friendly) hotels in Amsterdam for the entire GLBT community and friends, the Amistad Hotel was getting on. It was high time for a facelift, and that is exactly what happened. After a nine-month renovation period, the Amistad Hotel reopened its doors for its first guests just before the Pride.

Sep 2018       
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Last July, Deutsche Post issued a special stamp on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) as the founder of the first LGBTI organization in the world. This is the very first time Deutsche Post issued a seal with an LGBTI theme.

Sep 2018       
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Streetheart, the quirky new GLBTQI festival on the Kerkstaat, returns for its second edition on the second Saturday of September.

Sep 2018       
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The Roze Regahs are celebrating their fifth anniversary. The Pink Regahs are the first gay supporters’ association of ADO Den Haag. Soccer and gays don’t mix? Nonsense! After five years, their members are a permanent presence in the Cars Jeans Stadium.

Aug 2018       
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In view of the sheer size of European royal families it was to be expected - and although you will never know for sure with that aristocratic restraint - probably sooner than later: a same-sex marriage within a royal family. That time has now come.

Aug 2018       
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In Gouda, where Roze Zaterdag (Pink Saturday) is held this year, it was announced that Leeuwarden will host the 2020 event. It is a first for the Province of Friesland.

Aug 2018       
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After being a significant part of the leather history in the Warmoesstraat for nearly twenty-five years, Mister B thinks it’s time for a change. The Mister B flagship store is moving to a new location: Prinsengracht 192, right by the Homomonument and the Westerkerk.

Aug 2018       
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“Those were the gays my friend / They fought so fervently / Against taboos and drab clichés / With their persistent drive / They have liberated us...” These lines by Amsterdam gay icon Dolly Bellefleur are, put in the present tense, fully applicable to the participants of this year’s Istanbul Pride.

Aug 2018       
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Dolly Bellefleur is the alter-ego of cabaret performer and lyricist Ruud Douma. For twenty-eight years now, Dolly is “Frau Antje van het Verkeerde Kantje” (Miss Antje of the Other Side), both on the barricades and on stage. As winner of the Canal Parade 2017, Dolly Bellefleur & Friends will sail the Amsterdam canals again this year.

Aug 2018       
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Again this year for Pride Amsterdam, a fantastic party will be organized on the Zeedijk! In collaboration with Café Skek, Café Verhoeff, de Barderij, ’t Mandje and Little Thai Prince, Café The Queen’s Head presents a street party on Friday night, August 3, from 6 p.m. onwards, and on Saturday, August 4, from 4 p.m. to late.

Aug 2018       
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Researchers from the University of Groningen and Movisie are conducting a survey into the experiences of professionals and volunteers working with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender youths suffering from suicidal thoughts. In addition to “hands-on” experts, the researchers also seek out professionals and volunteers who want to share their experiences in a group interview, which will take about one and a half to two hours.

Jul 2018       
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The third edition of COC’s Shakespeare Club will take place in the courtyard of the Amsterdam Museum, Sint Luciensteeg 27, from July 28 to August 5.

Jul 2018       
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In The Hague, Orlando Boldewijn was commemorated in the Ypenburg district. In February, the seventeen-year-old boy from Rotterdam died there after a date via the gay app Grindr. After a week of searching for his body, his remains were found in the water of the Blauwe Loper pond.

Jul 2018       
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After last year’s great success of “Pride at the Beach,” Zandvoort takes it one step further. Besides a jolly parade, a large party on the town square, various festive activities by local entrepreneurs in the village and at the beach, the theme of the Zandvoorts Museum is also exclusively the Gay Pride.

Jul 2018       
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On Saturday, July 28th, the Pride Walk will again depart from the Homomonument. The Pride Walk draws attention to the situation of GLBTI people in other countries, specifically in those countries in which homosexuality is still in the Penal Code. Furthermore, the Pride Walk is a showcase of the GLBTI community in the Netherlands.

Jul 2018       
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A Christian baker from Colorado who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple based on religious grounds was consequently met with hostility by the Equal Opportunities Commission of Colorado. On these grounds the American Supreme Court rejected the gay couple’s charge and the baker was not prosecuted.

Jul 2018       
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As part of its ten-year anniversary celebrations, Club Church will hold an outdoor photo exhibition of works of its resident photographer Remon van den Kommer.

Jul 2018       
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From July 23 to 27, AIDS 2018 will be organized in Amsterdam, the largest global conference on HIV. Some eighteen thousand doctors, researchers and people with HIV from all over the world are then in the Netherlands to share the latest knowledge as well as their experiences.

Jul 2018       
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During the international Amsterdam AIDS conference, AIDS 2018, thousands of people will demonstrate in solidarity on July 23 to join forces in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Why organize a march? This demonstration is intended to make people aware that AIDS is still a major concern for humanity and a threat to many vulnerable populations in the world.

Jul 2018       
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Club ’t Bölke kicks off the Grolsch Summer Sounds for the twelfth time on Thursday, July 19th. 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 2018       
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On July 28, Pathé Tuschinski will revive the renowned Cabaret La Gaité (gaiety, entertainment). La Gaité was a beloved Amsterdam nightclub in the years 1921-1940. In the whole wide world, there isn’t a more beautiful cinema than Tuschinski in Amsterdam’s Reguliersbreestraat, in which the Amsterdam School, Jugendstil and Art Deco styles can be clearly recognized.

Jul 2018       
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Refugees with an LGBT background have their creative talent and their lives as artists take centre stage in the special exhibition ‘Pride & Prejudice’. Through moving personal stories and art installations, visitors experience the diversity, creativity and survival instinct of refugees from different parts of the world, travelling to the Netherlands because of their sexual orientation.

Jun 2018       
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Soa Aids Nederland thinks it is urgent and necessary to see a return of the nationwide safe sex campaign. The latest figures on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the Netherlands, published by RIVM, make it clear that such a campaign is sorely missed in the fight against STDs. The proven effective campaign was ended by the Ministry of Health in 2011.

Jun 2018       
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The twenty-eighth edition of Julidans will take place from July 2 to 15 at various locations in Amsterdam - including the Stadsschouwburg, Theater Bellevue, the Melkweg, the Vondelpark, Podium Mozaïek and the Bijlmer Parktheater.

Jun 2018       
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Diva Mayday, how did you two become friends? “I first met Bianca in Club NYX while she was performing there, and where I interviewed her for gay broadcasting channel MVS. It was an hysterical evening and it turned out that not only did we have the same friends, but we also shared the same wicked sense of humor.

Jun 2018       
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2018 is Gouda’s Pink Year. Especially for this occasion, the Gouda interest group “Gouda Roze” will organize various events.

Jun 2018       
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One of the biggest fetish parties of the Netherlands has undergone a growth spurt with a stroke of wanderlust, as the following Damage party will cross country borders and be held in Antwerp.

Jun 2018       
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Verpleegkundig Consulenten Hivsupport (V&VN) is supporting the Health Council's advice to the government to arrange the reimbursement of the HIV prevention pill PrEP. “We urge Minister Bruno Bruins to reimburse PrEP as soon as possible,” they write in an open letter to the Minister.

Jun 2018       
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Some years ago, model Christian Vincent received an invitation to come to Amsterdam for a photo shoot. It turned out to be an experience that to him made it even more clear why he did not quite feel at home in his hometown Copenhagen.

May 2018       
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Disappointment for hundreds of Cuban asylum seekers. There will be no situation report on Cuba. LGBT Asylum Support is extremely disappointed that there will be no thematic situation report made on LGBTI people in Cuba. State Secretary Mark Harbers has informed the organization of this by letter.

May 2018       
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The road is clear for the introduction of the HIV prevention pill PrEP in the Netherlands. The Dutch Health Council has advised the government to provide PrEP to groups with a relatively high risk of contracting HIV, for instance men who have sex with men.

May 2018       
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Time flies. It seems like only yesterday the indoor dance event Backdoor was organized for the first time, but Backdoor has been around for an amazing three years! Rumour has it that there is a new gay hotspot now!

May 2018       
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The Public Prosecution recognizes that discrimination played a role in the violence incident against the homosexual couple Ronnie and Jasper from Arnhem. This is evident from the sentence demanded by the Public Prosecution. This is now fifty percent higher due to its discriminatory nature.

May 2018       
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From karaoke bars, masks and love hotels run by drag queens, to diners, tattoo shops and gritty motels. From the filthy and overpopulated Tokyo to sunny Southern California with its endless highways. “Oh Lucy!” is an original road movie and a delicious black comedy.

May 2018       
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This year, the Frisian capital Leeuwarden and Valetta on Malta were declared European Capital of Culture. Since 1985, this title is given, from 2004 onwards to two cities per year. On the occasion of this event, a packed program has been compiled, but the organization Gayslowdating decided to add a few extras.

May 2018       
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The kick-off of a new, international “Amsterdam Sportswear Weekend” during Pentecost shows that Amsterdam does do diversity and sex(uality)!

May 2018       
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Half of Europe is under the spell of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, starting May 8. Will Waylon fare better with or without Ilse de Lange? Meanwhile, Song Contest and drag loving Amsterdam and indeed Holland is getting ready for its very own version of this battle - the sixteenth edition of the Eurovision SongTravestival.

Apr 2018       
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This year, Café the Queen’s Head in Amsterdam will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary! The bar, famous worldwide and notorious for its weekly drag bingo, “Coby’s Cut Karaoke” and the drag show “Queens in Queen’s,” naturally will celebrate the occasion with all kinds of crazy events. We wonder how it all started.

Apr 2018       
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GLAAD, the world’s largest GLBTQ media advocacy organization, announced that Olympic medalist Adam Rippon launched a fundraising campaign to support GLAAD’s culture-changing GLBTQ youth programs. The announcement was made during Rippon’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen surprised him with a check for $10,000 to kick off his campaign.

Apr 2018       
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In a letter to Mark Harbers of Asylum (VVD), COC Netherlands calls on the state secretary to make getting asylum in the Netherlands easier for LGBTIs from Cuba. According to the gay interest organization, the situation of LGBTIs in the Central American country is still very poor.

Apr 2018       
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Before the flood of 2018 tourists will wash over Amsterdam, the new up-to-date Gay Map has been distributed all over the city. This completely updated 23th edition of the Amsterdam Gay Map – 100.000 of them are printed and distributed every year- lists all Amsterdam gay venues and contains handy tips for visitors.

Apr 2018       
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The approach toward violence against LGBTIs needs to change and improve – It is time for a turnaround. This was the appeal made by Tanje Ineke, COC president of the Dutch gay interest organisation, in a discussion with the Dutch Minister for Justice and Security, Grapperhaus. The COC president was cautiously optimistic about the outcome.

Apr 2018       
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Courtesy of its humanist culture and modern legislation, Brussels, the gay friendly capital of 500 million Europeans, stands out even more in the European landscape. Fourteen years ago, Belgium signed the law legalizing same-sex marriage, thereby becoming, after the Netherlands, the second country in the world to acknowledge equal rights for the gay and lesbian community.

Apr 2018       
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Queer Muslim platform Stichting Maruf is the winner of the Roze Lieverdje 2018. Every other year, GroenLinks Amsterdam awards this little statue to a person or organization that has committed itself to LGBTI+ emancipation in Amsterdam in a remarkable way.?

Apr 2018       
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The life and art of Peter Hujar (1934–1987) were rooted in downtown New York. Private by nature, combative in manner, well-read, and widely connected, Hujar inhabited a world of avant-garde dance, music, art, and drag performance. His mature career paralleled the public unfolding of gay life between the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Apr 2018       
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On July 1, 1943, an announcement of the Höhere SS- und Polizeiführer appeared in the Dutch newspapers: “12 death sentences have been executed due to an explosive attack on the Municipal Register in Amsterdam. The leadership of this terrorist gang was closely connected to artists’ and student circles. Five perpetrators had Jewish blood. Two of the main perpetrators were homosexual.”

Apr 2018       
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Toddities held its first formal exhibition on the 2nd of February featuring the work of Jason Swinehammer. The name of his installation is Lovers.

Apr 2018       
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On Friday, February 2, Ali Erol, a prominent Turkish human rights activist and a founder of Kaos GL Association, Turkey’s first registered GLBT organization, was arrested and detained in a home he shares with his partner. Clear indications of the purpose of his arrest are yet unknown, though Kaos GL has reported that Erol’s social media posts were included in the authorities’ detention warrant.

Mar 2018       
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New York’s East Village of the 1970s and 1980s continues to thrive in the public’s imagination around the world. Located in the basement of a Polish Church at 57 St. Marks Place, Club 57 (1978–1983) began as a no-budget venue for music and film exhibitions, and quickly took pride of place in a constellation of countercultural venues in downtown New York fueled by low rents, the Reagan presidency, and the desire to experiment with new modes of art, performance, fashion, music, and exhibition.

Mar 2018       
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A female fetish photographer embraced by the gay scene in the shortest possible time may well be called special, but it is exactly what happened in the past few years with Suzanne van de Laar. As Suus, she captured the hearts of many in the Dutch fetish scene by storm.

Mar 2018       
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March can mean only one thing! It is time for yet another edition of the Amsterdam Bear Weekend! Amsterdam again will be the epicentre of bear life till March 5, welcoming bears and enthusiasts from both home and abroad.

Mar 2018       
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Lockerroom, “a new niche party where young fetish people eager to dance to a tougher style of music will meet and play,” according to Anne Rodermond, was launched in Club Church February 10th, first upcoming edition is April 14.

Feb 2018       
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“Hollandse Nieuwe” is one of those ultimate Dutch expressions. Here, however, it does not signify the standard meaning of the arrival of new herring, but new male art by Dutch artists. With this title, gallery MooiMan male-art starts a new season of exhibitions, focussing on the recent work of eight artists.

Feb 2018       
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Marcel van Doorn (45) is Mr. Bear The Netherlands 2017. His election was not unexpected.

Feb 2018       
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On the 25th of March, Heimdall publishers will present Rick van der Made’s third poetry collection at the Zaantheater in Zaandam: “Het jaar van de arend” (The Year of the Eagle). In this book, Van der Made’s poems are preceded by short stories and accompanied by photographs by the Amsterdam photographer Jan van Breda.

Feb 2018       
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Joris just can’t get away from his parental home, while Yad reluctantly returns to it. These twenty-somethings from Almere seem to be made for each other. Before surrendering to love, however, they first have to make amends and sort things out with their mothers.

Feb 2018       
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Sexual activity engaged in while under the influence of stimulant drugs(chem sex) is gaining more and more ground in some of the gay scene now the price of crystal meth is falling. This is accompanied by an increase in STDs, the GGD concludes.

Jan 2018       
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