At the beginning of August, it was that time of the year again: a colorful collection of boats during Pride Amsterdam set sail. With a new set of rules. These were controversial: the general opinion seemed to be that it would be the end of Pride. I totally agree with the new approach: in recent years, the Pride has increasingly become a party for the spectators.
In Amsterdam, the Dutch Green party GroenLinks has initiated an investigation into the degree of public support for Gay Pride. At the end of 2018, the football world was shaken by #Sorry Johan. In a short period of time this subject was trending on Twitter and the media focussed on key players en masse. The Netherlands has been at the forefront of human rights for decades, but is being overtaken from all directions. Is the tide turning?
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.