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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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One of the most popular cultural spring events in the Dutch gay scene is at hand. Time to clear the diary from March 10 to March 20 and watch the most beautiful, interesting and tantalizing gay cinema. Cinema Het Ketelhuis on the Westergasterrein will be the GLBTQ hotspot for eleven days.

Mar 2016       
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After the success of the two “Crazy for You” concerts with the friends of Heksenketel and of Mannenkoorts, the The Hague men’s choir Vox Rosa again is again “Crazy for Christmas.” The choir members and guest members have already started rehearsing Christmas carols.

Dec 2015       
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Mr Rubber Netherlands will again be organized on December 19. During this exciting night, an “ambassador” will be chosen to represent the Dutch gay rubber scene on an international level. Up to 2010, the Netherlands had never sent a candidate to the Mr International Rubber Contest (MIR) in Chicago, but a small group changed all that.

Dec 2015       
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Over ten years ago, a group of men arose from the team of volunteers for the COC leather parties, a group that wanted to continue the long tradition of successful leather parties after the COC had decided to discontinue them. It was October 2004. Jan-Willem, Johan, Bernie, and five others, got together and founded the FuckFloor Foundation in December 2004.

Dec 2015       
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As of November 29 and for six consecutive weeks, the intimate Casa Rosso theater on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal is the domain of the “ladies” of “Travestiecabaret,” the theater group that has been entertaining with “drag with a wink” since 1996.

Dec 2015       
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In 2016 Gay Badminton Amsterdam will again organize the International Gay & Lesbian Easter Badminton Tournament. The tournament will take place from the 25th till the 28th of March 2016.

Dec 2015       
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Of course people with a preference for leather clothes have “always” been around, or for the rough men who wear certain clothes for their profession, for instance cowboys with chaps, police scouts with high leather boots or motor cyclists in their leather jackets. This last group got an exciting icon in Marlon Brando in the 1953 movie “The Wild One,” while in the subcultural circuit, the drawings of Tom of Finland present a wide selection of exciting men in (professional) leather.

Oct 2015       
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This year from September 24-27, Rotterdam will be hosting Rotterdam Pride. It is the smashing sequel to the successful first edition. In Rotterdam, 174 nationalities and all orientations live together, so the organization chose sexual and cultural diversity as this year’s theme.

Sep 2015       
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Former Minister Hedy d’Ancona will deliver the annual Mosse Lecture on September 23, 2015. This year, the title of the lecture is “Voorbij de M/V-maatschappij?” (Past M/F Society?). She will review how since the 1970s, the emancipation of women and homosexuals became part of government policy.

Sep 2015       
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Amsterdam Gay Pride is a large festival as well as an impressive plea for the emancipation of the LGTB community. Amsterdam is renowned for it's tolerance towards the LGBT community. With 450,000 visitors, Amsterdam Gay Pride is one of the largest Pride events in Europe, and celebrates Pride with a colourful boat parade, the Canal Parade.

Jul 2015       
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Say: "Gay Pride" and many people will initially think right at our famous Boat Parade. And rightly so. It is a so-called pearl of the Amsterdam Gay Pride. But the festival is much more than that. Nine days the Amsterdam Gay Pride is a big party while an impressive plea for the emancipation of the gay, lesbian bisexual and trans communities. Every year hundreds of thousands of visitors to the capital.

Jul 2015       
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At the request of many and under the name of “Senior Pride” this time, the special musical revue returns on the canal near the theater-restaurant Paleis van de Weemoed. This revue at Amsterdam Gay Pride is the annual tribute to a special group (but not limited to): Pink Seniors.

Jul 2015       
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It has been confirmed that the eleventh International Drag Queen Olympics will return to Amsterdam once again during this year’s Gay Pride. On Friday the 31st of July the globe’s leading drag queen and king competitors will descend on our fair city to battle it out in the world’s premier sporting event for drag athletes.

Jul 2015       
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Red & Blue, Antwerp’s gay icon and the building that houses the largest gay club in the Benelux, is offering an unprecedented diversity in international concepts this summer.

Jul 2015       
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Sleazy, hard and dirty. This summer theater company Oostpool performs “Partymonster” at theater festival The Parade. Director Marcus Azzini, who was also responsible for Oostpool’s interpretation of “Angels in America,” was inspired for this performance at the Parade by the talked-about life of New York’s nightlife phenomenon, provocateur, Club Kid and murderer Michael Alig.

Jul 2015       
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On the eve of the Christopher Street Day parade in Cologne on July 5, gay men can celebrate and dance the night away at the Cock-Pit Gay Pride Edition on July 4, 2015.

Jun 2015       
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Gay Pride came into being as a commemoration of the Stonewall riots. These riots took place on June 28, 1969 in Greenwich Village in New York City at the eviction of the gay bar The Stonewall Inn by the Metropolitan Police. After years of police brutality and intimidation, the gay and lesbian visitors of the bar decided to fight back. In contrast to what is traditionally claimed, it was mostly the transvestites (and not the gay men) who fought back.

Jun 2015       
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Even though there were earlier protests against the harassing raids the American police regularly held in gay bars, the riots at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in New York on June 28, 1969 wrote history. Not only because homosexuals raised their voice and showed their fists, embarrassing the homophobic cops, but especially because the now assertive gay movement would commemorate this rebellion with demonstrations a year later; not just in New York, but also in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and other cities.

Jun 2015       
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Around Belgian Pride, as of May 1, a permanent forty meters long mural is unveiled, with works by the renowned artists Ralf König and Fotini Tikkou.

May 2015       
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Ever since the Homomonument was unveiled in 1987, GLBTQ representatives gather on the large pink triangles on Remembrance Day (4th of May). The first Remembrance Day at the Homomonument in Amsterdam took place in 1988. It started out with just a handful of people, but has since become an impressive alternative to the national Remembrance Day on Amsterdam’s Dam Square.

May 2015       
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On Saturday, November 8, the bar with Amsterdam’s biggest playroom celebrates its thirty-year anniversary at Club Akhnaton. The celebration starts at 22:00.

Oct 2014       
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It has been six years now since the SEXY began producing highly popular dance events for the gay party circuit. Now the company is well on its way to being one of the top organizers and promoters of international gay events. These mega-parties – with their unique light show, including laser effects, huge LED screens and an armada of dancers and performers – have gained a loyal following in all the major gay hotspots.

Oct 2014       
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From October 23 till October 26, Amsterdam will celebrate the yearly Amsterdam Leather Pride. Amsterdam Leather pride, with Get Ruff and many fetish and kinky events. A great time to explore Amsterdam's renown fetish and leather scene. Many special-interest fetish parties are taking place all over town. Also these dates are on many fetish-men's international agenda's, so a great time to cruise and who knows, find, your men from anywhere in the world.

Oct 2014       
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Rotterdam is getting ready for its very first Pride! During the last weekend of September Rotterdam Pride will be celebrated in the city center of this port town. Rotterdam Pride is organized in cooperation with the Rotterdam municipality, Rotterdam Festivals, the Rotterdam gay catering industry and queer organizations.

Sep 2014       
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In September 2014, theater company Oostpool will produce “They are just kids,” an intimate Dutch production about the lives and works of artists Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe. “They are just kids” is about young people looking for an alternative lifestyle in turbulent times. A lifestyle that is different from what they know.

Aug 2014       
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The International Drag Olympics return to the city of Amsterdam during Gay Pride, celebrating its tenth edition this year. Starting out as a friendly soccer match between a small group of sports crazy drag queens back in 2004, the games have grown into the world’s premier sporting event for drag queens and kings.

Jul 2014       
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On August 2, the Prinsengracht will again be washed over with the rainbow colors and pink, as the Canal Parade will take possession of this stately canal. Over the past few years, the Amsterdam Gay Pride has become a multi-disciplinary festival. It does not only include parties, but also has an extensive cultural program with the participation of a large number of cultural institutions in Amsterdam. The combination of parties, culture and emancipation differentiates the Amsterdam Gay Pride from many other prides.

Jul 2014       
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By combining stories and art in the project “Please disturb & listen,” gallery MooiMan is part of the Amsterdam Pride for the first time, looking for depth in its theme “Listen.” In a special cooperation with five large hotels in Amsterdam-East, these hotels will make space available for the realization of this project. The hotels will open their doors without an entry fee and will be connected via a bicycle route.

Jul 2014       
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With her upcoming twenty-fifth artists anniversary in October, Dolly Bellefleur has organized a festive foretaste on July 27 in the Theater van ’t Woord.

Jul 2014       
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On Saturday August 2, the nineteenth edition of the Canal Parade will take place as the highlight of Amsterdam Gay Pride. This year, the responsibility for this event is in the hands of a new organization. The backbone of ProGay, which has organized the Amsterdam Pride over the last years, has started its own organization.

Jul 2014       
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In honor of the upcoming Folsom Street Fair, Folsom Street Events is picking up a tattoo theme for its latest installment for the Folsom Street Fair poster image. The sexy image was unveiled at the end of May in a viral marketing campaign, featuring five members of California’s leather community in an erotic interpretation of a tattoo shop.

Jul 2014       
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The phrase “For All Who Love” is comprehensive for Milkshake’s objective and the atmosphere of the festival over the years.

Jun 2014       
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Pointer Sisters to Perform During Opening Ceremony - Many somewhat nostalgically still remember that first week in August 1998, the “eight days of friendship” in which more than seven hundred thousand gay men and lesbians from all over the world came to Amsterdam to participate in or watch the Gay Games. It was the first year the Games were not organized on the North-American continent.

Jun 2014       
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Under the motto “Sexy Circus” the Cologne organizer Chicos Events presents the “Official Main Party” for this year’s Cologne Pride.

Jun 2014       
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