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It’s nearly half a century ago that the Stonewall riots broke out in New York City. Although this fanatical resistance to gay-hostile police arbitrariness was not a first, it was a milestone because of its aftermath.

Jul 2017       
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In 1861, the death penalty was abolished for sodomy in Britain; just over a century later, in 1967, homosexuality was finally decriminalised when the Sexual Offences Act was passed. However, there were a few conditions.

May 2017       
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Reports in the press indicate that President Barack Obama is planning to honor the Stonewall Inn as the first ever National Monument dedicated to GLBT rights. The bar on Christopher Street in New York’s Greenwich Village was the site of riots on June 28, 1969.

Jun 2016       
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We think we know Robert De Niro. We know him as Travis Bickle or Vito Corleone or any number of other gangsters or bad guys, as a film hero with a tough exterior. Therefore, for many it might come as something of a surprise that GLAAD, the world’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender media advocacy organization, honored the Academy Award-winning actor at the twenty-seventh Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Waldorf Astoria New York.

Jun 2016       
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For the first time in Europe, Berlin’s Schwules Museum is devoting an entire exhibition to the comparatively new topic of “queer” comics: comics that include GLBT characters and tell GLBT stories. The exhibition “SuperQueeroes” focuses on “heroes & heroines,” covering not only the various X-Men, Batmen and Catwomen who experienced coming-out stories in American mainstream comic series in recent years.

May 2016       
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A study that was published just before the turn of the year, shows that adult Germans see the 1980s as the preferred decade to live in if they could choose from the post WW II decades. Almost a quarter (23%) preferred the 1980s in this survey by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The 1980s are followed by the 1970s with eighteen percent, and the 1990s and the current decade (from 2010) with the same percentage (13%).

Mar 2016       
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“Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play,” which opened on June 14 at New York’s Artists Space, is one of the most comprehensive Tom of Finland survey exhibitions to date, spanning six decades to include more than 180 drawings, 1930s childhood paper dolls, the full set of 1940s gouaches along with triptychs, individual drawings, storyboards and over 300 reference pages.

Aug 2015       
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Some years ago, the ZDF aired a “Kultnacht” at New Year’s Eve that started with “Die größten Hits der 80er.” This television program included performances from the 1980s by greats such as A-Ha, Culture Club, Depeche Mode, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner and, unfortunately inevitable, ABBA, but also from one Nino de Angelo. I had never heard of this German (!) singer, who was born in 1963.

Nov 2014       
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Nowadays, porn is generally available 24/7. Those who do not stumble onto an Austrian guy who is getting foot-fucked with pleasure on Chaturbate.com, or are checking out two hot men on Cam4 who describe themselves as Huge Big Cockx and are barebacking each other or a third, have an ample choice of sites with professional and amateur porn. During what is called the beginning of the modern gay movement, the Stonewall riots of 1969, things were very different.

Sep 2014       
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In the spring of 1908 and in a rush, artist Sascha Schneider had to leave Weimar, where he was working as a professor of Nude Drawing at the Großherzoglich Sächsische Kunstschule. He wrote about this to Karl May, a writer friend, in June 1908: “You must have heard the official reasons of my farewell to Weimar. I left not only Weimar, but Germany with great reluctance and entirely involuntary.

Jun 2014       
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“A porno book with a cover by Rex, Toby, or Tom of Finland was sure to outsell its rivals,” Ian Young wrote in “Out in Paperback: A Visual History of Gay Pulps” (Toronto 2007) about the paperback production in the 1960s and 1970s. Tom of Finland posthumously became the pet pornographer for liberal curators who wanted to exhibit something a bit more “naughty” occasionally.

Apr 2014       
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Last December, president Obama announced that the American delegation to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will consist of, among others, the tennis player Billie Jean King, and ice hockey player Caitlin Cahow, both openly lesbian, and also of figure skater Brian Boitano, who won Olympic Gold in 1988. Shortly after Obama’s announcement, Boitano told the Associated Press he is gay. He admitted that he never wanted to give out such a statement, as he wanted his private life to remain private, and that his homosexuality is only part of his identity.

Feb 2014       
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For some time now, Thursday at the Eagle in Amsterdam is Young Eagle night. On Thursdays, this legendary bar in the Warmoesstraat focuses on “Young Guys and guys who love Young Guys.” Music is in the hands of DJ Mally Clark. Reason enough to ask Michael Roks, general manager of the Eagle and its little brother Dirty Dicks, some questions about the Young Eagle night and the rejuvenation of the Warmoesstraat scene.

Dec 2013       
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At the end of July, the annual meeting of leather men took place in Hamburg for the fortieth time. Reports state that at the first edition of this legendary fetish gathering, in between two hundred to almost five hundred people were present. In 1982, Gerd Pohl, co-organizer of the first meeting, wrote in the travel guide “Hamburg von hinten” that the “three hundred visitors we managed to attract from all over Germany, still have luster in their eyes thinking about it, ‘wasn’t that great.’” Within a few years, a lot had changed.

Oct 2013       
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“All of the innocent, starry-eyed men who flowed into the City during the 1960s and 1970s were abruptly brought to their knees in the early 1980s by the AIDS epidemic. [...] The many factions of the community - the piss elegant snobs, the clones, the muscle sissies, the drag queens, the lumberjacks, the cowboys, the leather bikers, the leather non-bikers, and the non-leather bikers, the Royal Courts, the hustlers, and (have I missed anyone?) all had but one paranoid thought on their mind. ‘Am I going to die?,’”

Sep 2013       
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The finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards are announced by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. Books from major mainstream publishers, from academic presses, from both long-established and new GlBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 687 submissions for the “Lammys.”

May 2013       
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If I remember correctly no Dutch gay magazine has ever had a “regular” leather columnist. I can’t think of any other European magazine that had one either. In the United States the offer of regional magazines is so huge that it’s not easy to have an overview, but perhaps Steve Lenius is right when he claims that the column “Leather Life” he writes for the bi-weekly Minneapolis magazine “Lavender” is rather unusual because it doesn’t appear “in a strictly leather-oriented publication, but rather in a general-interest GLBT publication.”

Jan 2013       
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Peter Hamecher, An Openly Gay German Essayist From The Early Twentieth Century The American historian Hubert Kennedy included his compatriot James Barr, author of “Quatrefoil” (1950) – a milestone in gay literature which has been republished in 1991 – in his “Reading Gay History: Selected Essays and Reviews” (Concord 2006), which is otherwise mainly dedicated to European subjects. Kennedy not only focuses on Barr’s debut novel but also on his other work, including the articles he submitted to the early gay magazines, like “One Magazine” and the “Mattachine Review,” because, as Kennedy says, “all his writings are worth recalling.”

Nov 2012       
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Over the past decades there has been a steady interest in the so-called physique photography, the erotic images for gay men in the fifties and sixties. These photos could be ordered printed and delivered by mail, but they were also published in specialized magazines. These magazines didn’t publish anything obviously homosexual, but “each issue was so clearly designed by and for gay men it was obvious to even the youngest and most inexperienced of them,” observes F. Valentine Hooven in “Beefcake: The Muscle Magazines of America 1950-1970” (Cologne 1995).

Oct 2012       
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On July 5, Gerrit Komrij died after a short illness in the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam. Mr Komrij was born on March 30, 1944 in Winterswijk, and moved to Amsterdam in 1963, where he read Dutch and Literature, which he left unfinished. After a year in the capital he met his lover Charles Hofman. They moved in together in 1967, and Gerrit Komrij shared the rest of his life with him.

Aug 2012       
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Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, three rather randomly picked photographers of erotic male nudes who have acquired a position in modern art museums. John S. Barrington, one of the pioneers of physique photography was there to witness them make it that far, while he never did. After visiting an exhibition of Mapplethorpe’s work in the ICA in London he wrote in his diary: “Excellent – but I’m so much better – frustration.”

Jul 2012       
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Observant readers will have noticed that lately there have been a few changes in Gay News’ look. Two months ago the design of the cover was adapted, last month Gay News was printed on heavier paper and if everything goes as planned the cover will be extra glossy as from this edition onwards: a facelift to mark our 250th issue.

Jul 2012       
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An Indie Film About Discrimination And Homophobia In Turkey

For many years now Turkey is trying to present itself as a Western nation, worthy of becoming part of the European Union. But again and again there are incidents that damage this image. Not just when it comes to freedom of press, but also when it comes to the treatment of gays or of people with different sexual orientation or gender.

Feb 2012       
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In 1998 Oslo’s Gay & Lesbian Festival used a poster with an image of Tarzan dangling on a liana holding Jan in a tight grip to his side. This struck me as remarkable because in the Tarzan cult there has not been any homoerotic hint ever since Edgar Rice Burroughs created the hero in 1912. Probably also because Tarzan meets the American Jane Porter as a young man already and she’s the one and only in his life from then on.

Feb 2012       
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Humans like to decorate themselves. Both the tattoo and the piercing have an extremely long history. The 5000 year old ice mummy Ötzi, discovered in an Austrian glacier in 1991, not only showed remnants of what must have been tattoos, but also had several holes in his ears of some ten millimeters. Ear piercings have practically always been around in Europe.

Jan 2012       
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“Mainstream gay culture dresses up its kiddie porn in a pretense of serving teens,” Philip Guichard claimed in his article “I Hate Older Men” in the “Village Voice” of June 27, 2000. The author was only about nineteen at the time and elaborates on his bold statement with: “As nice it is to believe that magazines like ‘XY’ and ‘Joey’ are actually consumed by gay teens, it’s obvious to me that the shirtless kids in provocative poses who fill their glossy pages are there for older men to masturbate to.

Jan 2012       
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In 1977, American gay pioneer Jack Nichols (he hated the description “leader”) published the article “Butcher Than Thou: Beyond Machismo” in “Gaysweek.” In this article, he criticizes the “butch shift” he was observing in the gay world. For instance, he sees the increasing visibility of the leather scene, as his biographer J. Louis Campbell summarizes, “as a post-Stonewall reaction to drag queens designed to symbolize assertiveness, militancy, and manhood.

Nov 2011       
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Rob Tielman is known in our circles mainly as the author of the thesis “Homoseksualiteit in Nederland: Studie van een emancipatiebeweging” (Homosexuality in The Netherlands: Study of an Emancipation Movement) from 1982. He was, as Maurice van Lieshout at the time wrote in a review in the COC magazine “Sek,” “the first [...] to have acquired a PhD on the basis of gay studies.’

Aug 2011       
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‘Now I Disappear From The Screen...’
Passing Away Of Paul Wierks Marks The End Of An Era

In the first half of the eighties I got to know Paul Wierks, at first just as a barkeeper but after a few years more personally as well. I had discovered the Warmoesstraat and after visits to the Cockring and the Argos I also found the Eagle, which had a wilder, hornier reputation than the Argos where S&M in those days often seemed to stand for “Stand and Model.”

Mar 2011       
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In the early seventies, a diverse and colourful number of pop artists broke through with extravagant stage acts, vivaciously using make-up, among others things. Even though the musical styles of David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Gary Glitter, Lou Reed, Slade, or T. Rex had little in common, their stage presentation was reason enough for some Dutch music journalists to use the term “nichtenrock” (fairy rock) next to the Dutch translation of the English umbrella term “glam rock.”

Nov 2010       
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Nowadays, with Perez Hilton and others blogging faster than celebrities can create scandals and amateur paparazzi publishing slip-ups and shameless behavior of the jet set on the worldwide web as soon as they happen, it’s hard to imagine that there once was a time that news on, for example, movie stars could be tightly directed and controlled by the publicity departments of movie studios.

Aug 2010       
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No New Light On The Hidden World Of Gay Prostitution

In 1983 Boudewijn Büch published an article on the “lush wilderness of German publications from the glory days of culture-philosophic and sexuality-science craze” at the beginning of the twentieth century, in the collection “Het orgasme van Lorre” (Lorre’s orgasm).

Apr 2010       
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Many complain about how little is happening in the Amsterdam gay scene over the last years. Well, the creativity and initiative which are needed to make a change in this situation seem to have been lacking in what was once the Gay Capital of Europe. Fortunately there are a few people doing their utmost to create new possibilities. Like club night producers Abiad & Malenka, who want to re-invent the DOK.

Dec 2009       
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‘Dolly’s A Lot Darker Then You’d Say At First Sight’

Dolly Bellefleur is turning twenty this November and this happy occasion is celebrated with the exhibition “Van hem naar haar naar Hippolytushoef: Twee decennia Dolly Bellefleur” (From Him to Her to Hippolytushoef: Two Decades of Dolly Bellefleur) in the main branch of Amsterdam’s Public Library from the 7th of November till the 7th of January.

Dec 2009       
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Abebooks.com, a website for antiquarian books, sends users monthly updates on the ten most expensive books that were sold via the site. “Gay books” seldom or never made it to that list but last month showed a surprise. The most expensive book sold in April 2009 was a rare first edition of Xavier Mayne’s novel “Imre: A Memorandum,” which appeared in 1906, 500 copies only, funded by the author himself and published by English Book Press in Naples.

Jul 2009       
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Child Porn Hysteria In Germany About Erotic Novel

In 1966 the law educated, homosexual bibliophile John Sparrow wrote in the preface to his collection of “Controversial Essays” that he “find[s] it difficult to decide at what point the censor should be allowed to interfere, whatever grounds the case for censorship is based on.” Sparrow wrote these words with reference to the British publication in 1960 of D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” (after having been published in Italy in 1928).

Jul 2009       
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On September 17 Gerrit Komrij delivered the Mosse Lecture in the main branch of Amsterdam’s Public Library. A week later the text was published in the leftish weekly “De Groene Amsterdammer.” Because not all readers of “Gay News” will have attended the lecture or read the text, it seems worthwhile to highlight some of Komrij’s observations. He might have unfolded a self-willed, and some people will even say archaic, point of view, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t say things which are worthy of consideration.

Dec 2008       
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An Impressive History Of Male Love In New Zealand

Two years ago a “world history of homosexuality’ appeared in an international co-production. The Dutch version is called “Van Alle Tijden, in alle culturen” (Of all times, in all cultures). This may be so, but it is not said we know as much about the different times and the different cultures, not even if we stick to the Western ones. In Holland we have two historic works.

Nov 2008       
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Big, Bigger, Best!
Notes On The Attraction of ‘A Little Bit More...’

Who, where or when I can’t remember, but somebody once said that there are two kinds of faggots: size queens and liars. Both now have “The Big Penis Book,” edited by Dian Hanson. Hanson writes in her preface “Size Matters...” that many people she showed the selected photos to, spontaneously cried out: “I wouldn’t let that near me!” I’ve heard a couple of those responses in my own circle as well - clearly from the second category, sorry.

Oct 2008       
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Amsterdam, second half of the 1980s. Together with the publisher of the gay magazine “GA-Magazine” I leave his house above a boy’s club. There’s a man in the doorstep looking at the photos in the display. The publisher looks, and looks again: “Mister Cadinot?” Indeed, we’d run into the world famous French pornographer, although Cadinot himself, like many of his generation, didn’t like the word pornography because it has a negative connotation.

Jul 2008       
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“The screaming queens are crazy about heavy and macho leather jackets and impossibly high boots. When you look at them you think he’s a young submarine commander, but if you’d hand him a gun he’d start to whimper and would probably drop it on his toes. Real men... I don’t think so.” Gerard Reve wrote this on the 29th of January 1974 to a lover, referring to a young Dutch writer who had visited him.

Jun 2007       
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A couple of years ago I was chatting to a friend of mine in an Amsterdam gay bookshop, when a customer asked him what a certain DVD was about. He answered: “About two guys who fall in love with each other during a holiday.” The customer picked up another DVD, asked him the same question and my friend said: “About two guys who fall in love... while on holiday.” At the third DVD he giggled: “Same,” and at the fourth: “That one as well.”

Jan 2007       
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Oscar Wilde's Death

“I died in prison,” Oscar Wilde said after he had served two years of hard labour in 1897. And emotionally that might indeed have been the case as after that he only produced one more work of some weight, “The Ballad of Reading Goal.” In reality however he had a couple of years left. The Dutch paper “Het Vaderland” reported in the December 2nd/3rd edition his death on the 30th of November 1900 “in a small hotel in the Quartier Latin where he had lived for a few months under the name Menworth.”

Dec 2006       
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On Saturday March 8, just after sunset, Dutch author Gerard Reve died at the age of 82. The last few years, he was hospitalized because dementia had obfuscated his once so sparkling mind. The man who could once conjure with words and language like no other, couldn’t utter more than: “Schrum..., brum...” This is tragic, because Reve was undoubtedly the most virtuoso stylist of contemporary Dutch literature. Love played a major part in his oeuvre, just as did death.

Jun 2006       
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Early this year the results were published of an inquiry into Amsterdam as a gay tourist destination in the 21st century, which was conducted by the department of Leisure Management of InHolland College. The researchers wanted to know if Amsterdam will stay an inviting holiday city for gay people. However, they stress the fact that this inquiry has more far-reaching implications. With the present changes in world economy, many production facilities are transferred to low-wage countries and regions. But for the creative and innovative tasks personal contacts remain very important, and these will be increasingly concentrated in so-called “creative cities.”

May 2006       
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Internet, and especially the erotic sides of it, keeps troubling the lawmakers’ minds. In our last issue we reported on the recently accepted legislation 2257 in the US, which is supposedly aimed to combat child abuse and child porn. However, because of its ridiculous definitions of “sexually explicit material” as well as “producer”, and the very strict rules for “producers”, the new rule affects the porn industry severely, as it does anyone in the US who posts erotic material on the internet, even if it’s pics of yourself and you’re 47 years old.

Jan 2006       
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In an extensive “Terminal Essay” that Sir Richard Burton wrote for his translation of “The Arabian Nights”, this English explorer developed his theory of a “Sotadic Zone.” The distinguishing characteristic of this geographic zone is that homosexuality “is popular and endemic, held at worst to be a mere peccadillo.” The boundaries are “the northern shores of the Mediterranean (N. Lat. 43o) and the southern (N. Lat. 30o).

Nov 2005       
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In 1980 the then eighteen-year-old Benedikt Taschen started a bookshop in Cologne. Four years later he published his first art book and since then Taschen Verlag has become a household name in the international book world. Taschen’s publishing company has specialized in sumptuous coffee table books that, unlike the largest part of the art book productions, are very friendly priced. Another remarkable characteristic of this publishing company is that they do not just stick to so-called high art, but also have room for commercial and sub cultural art expressions.

Sep 2005       
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The enema, also called clyster, belongs to the grossly underrated anal pleasures. Unjustified. Through the ages all over the world men have taken enemas, alone or together. Good old Mark Twain said it in the nineteenth century already: “If you really want to be moved, don’t read a book, take an enema.” Twain would have agreed with me that if you can’t enjoy taking an enema, reading about it is second best. Unfortunately, in his time (1835-1910) he didn’t have access to a book that will give the modern reader many hours of pleasure and that has his quote as a motto: David Barton-Jay’s “The Enema As An Erotic Art And Its History,” a beautifully produced and richly illustrated work.

Aug 2005       
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The last few years Tom of Finland has found a place in many coffee table books about male or queer art. It would be interesting to discuss why this honor was bestowed on Tom of Finland and not on other gay erotic artists. Undoubtedly the quality of his work is an important aspect, but I think that also the fact that he doesn’t indulge in excessive sexual activities in many of his drawings, has something to do with it. Although Tom looked upon his work as pornographic, it’s rather easy to compile a collection of his drawings which wouldn’t shock the general public.

Aug 2005       
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In his recently published ‘Beneath the Skin: The Collected Essays’, John Rechy makes some remarks about the importance many people assign to the Stonewall Riots for gay emancipation: “Overnight, the legend declares, gay liberation was born [...]. The truth is that the riot at Stonewall was only one event, one battle in the long war for sexual freedom. Used as the point of separation, the myth of Stonewall falsifies history.

Jun 2005       
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On the 13th of September 2004, the Gay Kingdom declared war on Australia. This also means that the kingdom sees itself as an independent country. The independence is based on the fact that Australia is guilty of “unjust enrichment,” because of the government’s plan to amendment the marriage act so as to prevent gay couples who were married overseas to have their relationship recognised. The law of “Unjust Enrichment” states: “If something is unjustly taken compensation must be made.”

Jan 2005       
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When baseball player Billy Bean decided at age 31 that he wasn't going the stay in the closet any longer, his coming-out received national news coverage in the United States. In his autobiography "Going The Other Way", published last year, he tells about the long way he had to go before he could make this decision. At a certain moment he felt he "couldn't bear any longer the constant fear of exposure, the anti-gay remarks of teammates and coaches, and the exhausting, grinding pressure of being someone I wasn't."

Nov 2004       
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It's a remarkable development that nowadays, when you can find depictions of every perversion imaginable on the world wide web, the interest in the rather innocent erotic photography of pre-emancipation days is on the rise. Frequently the pictures of almost forgotten photographers get a second life in beautiful monographs. Recently we received Champion, dedicated to the studio of Walter Kundzicz.

Mar 2004       
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At the eve of the Amsterdam Gay Pride, the completely renovated Homomonument was put into use again. The ceremony was conducted by Anne Lize Van Der Stoel, president of the City Center Council, who, from 1981 till the unveiling of the memorial in September 5, 1987, was the president of the Homomonument Foundation. At the time of the unveiling Pieter Koenders’ book The Homomonument was published. It soon sold out and since then no other study on the subject has been available.

Sep 2003       
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When on Juy 4, 1776, the then thirteen United States of America decided to break away from their British motherland, in their Declaration of Independence state representatives spoke of some "self-evident Truths", including that "all Men are created equal" and that they are endowed with "certain unalienable Rights", like "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness". The next centuries showed that some citizens are more equal than others and that unalienable rights are not the same for everyone.

Aug 2003       
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Last year saw the publication of Buon Natale in Antona, written by Hans Becker. On the backcover the author is described as “a colourful Amsterdam enterpreneur” and how true that is. For some twenty years Becker was running the indoors antique market De Looier and later was at the helm of the bridge club of the same name.

Feb 2003       
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For friendship such boundless desire." A line of poetry gracing, in its original Dutch, the gay monument at the foot of the Amsterdam Wester Church. Coming from the poem To a Young Fisherman" by the Dutch poet Jacob Israël de Haan (1881-1924)

Jan 2003       
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The first anniversary of the Cock & Feathers at the Amsterdamse Zeedijk is more than reason enough for owner Gerard to raise the flag.

Oct 2002       
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The gay emancipation movement has always viewed gay nightlife with suspicion, in the belief that bar owners are merely busy filling their own pockets. An opinion also colouring many a gay study. Meanwhile in Holland a sizeable bookshelf can be filled with high minded medical studies of the homosexual phenomenon, the repression of sodomites, the emancipation movement of predecessors and so on

Jul 2002       
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