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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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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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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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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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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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This year, the Amsterdam Bear Weekend will take place from the first to the fifth of March. It promises to be a festive, but above all fun event at which everyone is welcome.

Feb 2018       
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On February 3, it is time for Bear-Necessity’s tenth anniversary!

Jan 2018       
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Amsterdam has a brand-new monthly drag night! “Queens in Queens” is the name of this monthly drag queen show in café the Queen’s Head, after its third edition on December 30, it's time for the fourth edition on January 27. About time for a talk with Jakko ter Borg, responsible for the entertainment at the bar.

Jan 2018       
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That is the sound you will hear on Thursday nights in cocktail bar & restaurant Getto. So take a seat at the bar or enjoy a dinner table. It’s show time!

Jan 2018       
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Backdoor’s anniversary in January means a big celebration! The organizers have a big surprise in store for us: on January 27th, Backdoor is back with Superstar DJ Phil Romano at pop temple Melkweg. This legendary DJ will spin an extra-long set at this “Anniversary Fest”.

Jan 2018       
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The nights are getting dark, the weather’s getting cold and the lights are twinkling in the streets. The shops are filling up and festive spirit is in the air, but one thing is clear: Christmas Isn’t Christmas Til You Get There.

Nov 2017       
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For four days in a row, all the colors of the rainbow brightened up the streets of Rotterdam. Four days in which sexual diversity was celebrated through art and culture, entertainment, and many parties. What a turnout, and what a great party it was!

Nov 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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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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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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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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This year, the theme of Pride Amsterdam is “This Is My Pride.” But what does that mean? Does it mean something different for different people and groups? Senior Pride looked into what Pride exactly entails to the different letters in GLBTIQ.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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After the victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Conchita Wurst felt obligated to “always show her colors,” and the singer with the beard tried to participate in as many Pride events as possible. As his alter ego Tom Neuwirth, the Austrian idol gave a performance at the Rainbow Parade in Vienna with the boy band Jetzt Anders! as early as 2007, and after the Eurovison victory Conchita was a celebrated guest at the Prides in Stockholm, Madrid, Antwerp, Manchester, and many other cities. She is one of this year's EuroPride Ambassadors.

Aug 2016       
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The twelfth European Drag Olympics will be held on Friday, August 5, 2016, at the Homomonument, Westermarkt in Amsterdam. The world’s premier sporting event for drags returns to Amsterdam during Europride.

Aug 2016       
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During Antwerp Pride, Red & Blue guarantees great events on Friday, August 12 and Saturday, August 13. When you think of Antwerp, you think of Red & Blue. Early 2016, the club management drastically changed their notorious “men only” policy.

Jul 2016       
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After 26 years of performing as Dolly Bellefleur cabaret artist Ruud Douma makes his debut. In his first one man show he will go back to his musical roots. As a child he felt already an outcast.

Jul 2016       
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Pink Saturday (Roze Zaterdag) returns to Amsterdam! This year about one month later than the traditional last Saturday in June, on July 23. The reason being that this annual gay event has become the start of fifteen days of EuroPride.

Jul 2016       
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On Friday, July 29 the Blond & Blauw Theatre and Pathé Cinema present a homage to the Grand Diva in the hall of the Theatre Tuschinski in Amsterdam. At the “Marlene Dietrich EuroPride Theatre Gala,” a large number of performers literally follow in the footsteps of Marlene Dietrich, who performed on the large podium of Theatre Tuschinski. At the time, the concert aired live on Dutch radio.

Jul 2016       
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A dimension in which ecliptic conflicting atmospheres unite into an all-embracing concept wherein senses are being put to the test. The authenticity and profanity of the underground culture converging with the extroversion of the (art) fetish scene. A continuous stream of excitement brought together in a unique setting.

Jun 2016       
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The position of GLBTQs in the asylum chain is the topic of heated public discussion in The Netherlands. Several GLBTQ organizations are sounding the alarm bell: they receive reports of GLBTQs who do not feel safe in Dutch refugee camps.

May 2016       
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What started as a small initiative has now become a fetish community event. The Fetish Pride, organized in Amsterdam from Thursday May 12 till Sunday May 15, 2016, wants to promote collaboration in the scene and this collaboration has resulted in a full program. A highlight is the “Underground Fetish Party” on Friday.

May 2016       
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More than a thousand Amsterdammers regularly exercise at one of the city's LGBTI sports clubs, and these clubs have now come together to organize Amsterdam’s first joint LGBTI Sports Day. During this public event, members will share what they enjoy about being part of these clubs, which cater to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. Anyone who is curious, be they LGBTI or straight, is more than welcome to come by on Saturday, May 21 in Amsterdam-Oost.

May 2016       
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In spite of all the ghastly terrorist attacks in March, life in Belgium is slowly turning back to normal. It now looks likely that Pride in Brussels, the manifestation that celebrates the Belgian GLBT community, can take place as planned.

May 2016       
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Amsterdam, May 4, 2016. This year again, the Second World War (1940-1945) will be commemorated after two minutes silence at 20:00 on and around our Pride Monument, the Homomonument. During the German occupation of the Netherlands, men and women were transported to concentration camps. They were locked up because they were either Jewish, a gypsy or homosexual. The Nazis had created a marking system to make the prisoners identifiable.

May 2016       
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