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La Michel is one of the most famous Dutch drag queens and was born in Oudewater in 1933. As a little ten-year-old boy he was giving blowjobs to German soldiers in return for food and drinks so that he could keep his mother alive. At the age of fifteen he already had caused so many sex scandals in the village that he decided to run away from home. He ended up with a circus; while there he met a rich gentleman from The Hague whit whom he lived for five years. After the dead of his boyfriend he started to appear in drag at chic parties in The Hague. Afterwards he performed in night clubs in The Hague and also later in the Moulin Rouge at the Thorbeckeplein in Amsterdam. In those days law strictly forbade drag performance so Michel had to move into the world of prostitution to make money.

Nov 2004       
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You reporter was fifteen years old when he was washing the car of his father together with a friend. Suddenly he was nudged and his friend said: “Look, that’s a fellow!” A comely lady walked by, in which your reporter as greenhorn, in no way recognised a man. So, a heavy “it is, it isn’t” conflict was held with the friend, though the seed was planted.

Oct 2004       
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Saturday August 14, from 14.00 hrs the famous yearly NaviGAYtion party will take place at the Willemsdok in Antwerp. Ten big luxurious party boats will sail in and out for the Party People, making a water dance through the canals and ports of Antwerp. Each boat will moor again after one hour and fifteen minutes. It’s going to be world’s biggest boat ballet. Some boats can make a complete turn on the spot and the captains will adjust their sailing proficiency for the joyous day.

Aug 2004       
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Barebacking is originally a term used by cowboys and means “Riding without a saddle.” With sex it means “Fucking without a condom.” The big problem is that in practise barebacking is seen as making love unsafe, while in most of the cases it isn’t unsafe. You’ve got to realise that mankind will extinct when there would be no more barebacking. Like one of the interviewed persons said: ‘For straight people barebacking is almost standard procedure.”

Aug 2004       
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Gay News visited The Only Turkish Gay Only Hotel: Ada Livadi in Alanya. Departure from Schiphol Airport 19:15 hrs, arrival at Alanya Airport 22:30 hrs (23:30 Turkish clock). Distance from Airport to Alanya: 123 kilometres.

Dec 2003       
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'Deep in my heart I’ll always rather stand behind the bar than work in the office'. In the early seventies the Reguliersdwarsstraat wasn’t more than a dark backstreet. With only one bar, a gay one: the MacDonalds. Late at night, the only people out on the street here were visitors of the MacDonalds, in those days one of the best running late night bars in the gay scene.

Oct 2003       
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Thursday June 13, the day we arrived in Moscow, happened to be the celebration of the twelft anniversary of the new Russian federation. Thousands of tourists and natives were roaming the twelve traffic lanes of the enormous wide Twersky Boulevard to join the massive festivities on the Red Square. The elite gay clubs and saunas, open almost all day and night, can only be afforded by tourists and well-to-do Moscovians. The cheaper clubs are crowded by a mix of straights and gays, all garbed in unisex gear. Cruising spots are peopled by young guys in search of (paid) sex. For a town of ten million, two gay discos, five gay bars and four gay saunas can hardly be called a luxury.

Aug 2003       
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Since 12 years now Frans Loohuis (41) and Hans Oudeheuvel (39) are the proud owners of bar/disco/restaurant/sauna ‘t Bölke’ in Enschede. One year ago the whole place underwent a complete transformation and was re-opened on December 12 last year with a grand party.

Aug 2003       
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For Dutch gays who’ve had it with once again Gran Canaria or Ibiza, a visit to the exciting Brazilian town Salvador might offer new and stimulating vistas. Salvador, capital of Bahia, in Northeast Brazil at the Atlantic coast. With its tropical sea climate, the mercury on the coldest day of the last 300 years indicated 21 C. In summer, December - February, temperatures can rise to some 35 C. But the seawinds bring in an ever welcome cooling breeze. For centuries Salvador was the transfer harbour of the Brazilian slave trade. These days the city calls itself proudly the black city of Brazil.

Jun 2003       
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Brazil has three major annual carnivals. In Rio de Janeiro, in Salvador de Bahia and in Recife. Not Rio, but Salvador de Bahia is the biggest in the world. The Rio carnival is for tourists, the Salvador one for the Brazilians, who flock to the city in droves of some three millions.
It has the best music and is a kind of circuit carnival, meandering over the big squares and avenues to three places in the city. Rio has the costumes, Recife has the enormously high puppets and the carnival here happens only in one spot.

May 2003       
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For the last 25 years babyboomers have shown to be capable of adapting to each and every passing trend, “Disco,” “Leather,” “House,” “Party Drugs,” "Gym,” “The net.” But no matter how cool, also babyboomers love to take a stroll now and then down memory lane. Since a year and a half they can do so at the Amsterdam Zeedijk nr. 14, where café the Barderij has opened its doors for those proudly over fifty, who’re as passionate about the past as about the future. Owners Paul Carels (51) and Gerard Smitskam (55) are both originally from The Hague. Gerard moved to Florida some thirty years ago, where he started his own catering business and Paul began his catering career with Guus & Gerard of the Boko and then worked at Lola’s Place, both in The Hague, and later in Amsterdam at the Monopole, the Amstel Taveerne and with Manfred Langer in Chez Manfred and the IT.

Apr 2003       
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Since five years hundreds of young gays each and every week are traveling from all over Holland to Antwerp to throw themselves into the disco mania called Red&Blue. Together with the Brussels’ La Demence, both discos have fixed Belgium for ever on the European gay map. The brains behind the Antwerp success formula is the 49 year old Ludo Smits.

Mar 2003       
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In the last twenty years male art has made its way into the Dutch museums and galleries. Before the eighties male art in the Netherlands virtually didn't exist, besides a number of thirties' German magazines or fifties' Tom of Finland editions

Dec 2002       
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Every Thursday night the Melting Pot in the COC in The Hague is simply the gayest party in town. Russian, American, Jewish, Moroccan, Kurdish, Turkish, Surinam, Brazilian, Caribbean, English, German, or plain and simply Dutch, you name it. A gay and lively melting pot of cultures in a relaxed atmosphere, all dancing to a driving salsa or Arabian beat.

Sep 2002       
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The Israelian Ministery of Tourism itself invited your roving Gay News reporter to come do some sight-seeing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Who wouldn’t just love to experience all those suicide bombings first hand! So off we went. Palestinian terrorist attacks not only tear daily life to shreds, the tourism industry is all but in ruins. But we gays are used to living dangerously, so if there’s one target group left it better be us, possums. Four glorious days I looked at a country I’d eyed with mixed feelings before

Sep 2002       
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While visiting the Belgian capital, getting ready for Gay Pride, I decided to take the opportunity to interview Thierry Coppens, the owner of the biggest and most successful gay disco “La Demence” in Brussels. It’s April 30, the night of the huge “Man Killers Party” and it also happened to be Thierry’s Birthday.

Jul 2002       
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