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Havana, a Diamond in the Rough!

In February this year, I went to Cuba for a sports development project. The last four days of my visit, I explored its mystical metropolis Havana: an unforgettable experience. One week prior to my departure, I got to know Cuban Manuel on Grindr, who lives in Barcelona, and had spent a few days in Amsterdam on a holiday.
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Reijer's World: ‘So You Like My Hairy Body?’

Mark was very hairy, and we often met at the bar De Spijker. One night, we were at the bar with a pint. I couldn’t keep my eyes off of his chest hair. Big tufts came out of his shirt with two open buttons. “They often call me names,” Mark said. “I often hear such things as: ‘I have hedge-clippers at home.’ And so on.
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A Tribute to Gerrit Komrij

The literary magazine “De Parelduiker” has dedicated a double issue to Dutch columnist, author and poet Gerrit Komrij (1944-2012). Gerrit Komrij may rightly be seen as a homo universalis. He was gifted in many forms of art. Most people know him as an anthologist, as a poet, a writer, or a columnist.
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Elsevier Pride: Workplace pride at Elsevier

“Who’s a bingo virgin?” Drag Queen Didi Licious asks the mostly young crowd in Elsevier’s canteen, decorated in rainbow colors. The language is English, and Didi explains the rules of the game to the bingo novices.
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COC Voices Concerns On Homophobic US Ambassador

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.
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Aidsfonds – Soa Aids Netherlands Endorses U=U

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.
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Number of HIV Diagnoses in Amsterdam Halved

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.
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Gert Hekma’s Formal Leave of the University of Amsterdam

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.
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Safety is Theme of Rotterdam Pride’s Fourth Edition

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.
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Festive Commemoration of Singer and Comedian Wim Sonneveld

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.
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Pride 2017 Photo Report

The Pride Walk, starting at Homomonument and going to Vondelpark for the Rainbow Park, marked the start of a very successfull Pride week.
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Pride Amsterdam 2017: Birth of New Traditions!

On Saturday morning, the 29th of July, while setting up in the rain, I was caught by a deeply sad feeling. It had been a difficult year full of obstacles and challenges, and that morning, everything seemed to fall through. I was soaked, but thankfully at one point the clouds dispersed, and the sun reappeared.
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A Child in a Gay Family Never Comes About Accidentally...

A Conversation With the Creators of the Book ‘We are Family’. The interview and photograhy book “We are family” is a project by Emma van Zalinge and Bernice Siewe that, in their own words, “got out of hand.” The book will be launched on September 8. Emma van Zalinge is seventy-two-year-old retired psychologist and is in a nearly forty-year relationship with her wife Ineke.
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Out & About: We do like a party!

We do like a party! Jurandy Lucas (Creative Producer of Backdoor® Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) will regularly report on GLBT parties and other events in and outside of Amsterdam. This month, in the context of Amsterdam Pride 2017: Drag Olympics, Canal Parade, Bear-Necessity, and Backdoor®.
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