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A social services employee in the Dutch town of Bunschoten suggested to one of the town's inhabitants that it would be better if he left the community. "Because being gay is still an issue, if you know what I mean?", the civil servant said.

Apr 2019       
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In the United Kingdom a man was declared cured of the AIDS virus after a successful stem cell transplantation. It is the second case ever in which this intervention led to complete recovery.

Apr 2019       
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Rob Jetten is concerned about the emancipation of the LGBT community. Lesbian women, homosexual men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people sometimes take a step back under pressure from cultural tension. Homosexuals in the Netherlands, for instance, think twice before walking hand-in-hand.

Apr 2019       
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The film “Maurice” (GB 1987) by James Ivory - after the semi-autobiographical novel by E.M. Forster - is back in the cinema in a digitally restored version (4K), English spoken, Dutch subtitles, 140 minutes.

Mar 2019       
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Soon, Amsterdam will have another Tea Dance! On April 7 you can “land” at the end of your weekend in café The Queen’s Head and enjoy the music stylings of Bo Monde and Jakko B. We asked Jakko B if he could tell us a bit more.

Mar 2019       
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On April 13, the Pink Party will celebrate its fortieth anniversary in Maastricht. The Pink Party is thought to be the oldest, still existing GLBTI party in the Netherlands.

Mar 2019       
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The man who wanted to 'cure' gay people of their sexual orientation and claimed to be able to change the sexuality of people, has now come out of the closet himself. In a Facebook message, conversion therapist David Matheson says that he recognizes that he has damaged people through his work.

Mar 2019       
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This year, COCs Bob Angelo Medal has been awarded to LGBTI activist Hans Verhoeven and Kevin Jennings, initiator of the worldwide GSA movement at schools. COC President Astrid Oosenbrug presented the medals to the winners at COCs sold-out True Colors event at Paradiso Amsterdam.

Mar 2019       
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Gay lobby group COC Netherlands has again asked for an investigation into the penalisation of homosexuals in the 20th century. The COC is making this urgent request in a letter to the Dutch Lower House and Minister Ollongren, Secretary of State for the Home Department.

Feb 2019       
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VVD State Secretary Mark Harbers (Asylum) promised improvements to the implementation of the government's LGBTI asylum policy during a debate in the Lower House.

Feb 2019       
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The transgender interest groups Transvisie and Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) emphasize that regret among transgender people is very rare.

Feb 2019       
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Many LGBT students are still finding life difficult at Dutch secondary schools. This was reported in a study conducted by the University of Columbia in conjunction with the Dutch Gay Interest group COC.

Jan 2019       
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Have you ever seen the Rozenkoor perform? Why not take the next step and join! The Rozenkoor is an GLB choir in Amsterdam, founded in 1992.

Jan 2019       
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From March 20 until March 25, 2019, they’re at it again in Amsterdam: all Bears and their admirers will gather together for already the sixth edition of the Amsterdam Bear Weekend.

Jan 2019       
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The Supervisory Board of the foundation has announced that Mr. Mark Vermeulen is to be the new Director of Aidsfonds-Soa Aids the Netherlands. Mark Vermeulen (39) brings 10 years of experience and was an internal candidate.

Jan 2019       
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At the beginning of 2019, COC Amsterdam will return to its old address in Amsterdam, Rozenstraat 12. To this end, the representatives of COC Amsterdam, Vondel Hotels and real estate owner DVM signed an agreement for 10 years last November.

Jan 2019       
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Boy Erased, the much-praised new drama starring Nicole Kidman and Russel Crowe, will not be screened in Dutch cinemas.

Jan 2019       
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The European Forum of LGBT Christian Groups and the humanitarian NGO "New Generation" in Yerevan, Armenia, were forced to announce that the Forum of LGBT Christians in Eastern Europe and Central Asia was cancelled. The organizers are saddened and deeply disappointed that political violence, death threats and vandalism directed towards LGBTIs constitute a serious threat to the safety of the participants.

Dec 2018       
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There will be a large and independent international investigation into the human rights violations in Chechnya and includes the persecution of homosexuals in this Russian Republic. The investigation was announced by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) early November.

Dec 2018       
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A wide use of the HIV prevention pill PrEP can, on the long term, put an end to the HIV epidemic among men who have sex with men. That is the conclusion of a study conducted by Dutch researchers, published in the scientific journal AIDS early November.

Dec 2018       
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Transvestism Cabaret Amsterdam is in its twenty-fifth year. Since 1993, the “ladies” and some gentlemen are presenting this sparkling theatre shows, with glitter and glamour to the fullest. These shows have live songs, self-written or modified, cabaret-like sketches, and vaudeville. Preferably with a wink and a hint of oh-la-la... and the Christmas editions are coming up!

Dec 2018       
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Carl & Ronnie met in 2003 through mutual friends, who set them up on a blind date. In 2009, they moved to Amsterdam to the heart of the city and shortly after bought a beautiful apartment right in the middle of Reguliersdwarsstraat.

Nov 2018       
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Liquid Kiddy is a new party concept, bringing you three amazing party-concepts under one roof: the sweaty Urban style of Totally, the kinky performances and progressive sound of Damage party and last but not least the internationally known PAPA party by Eliad Cohen with its sexy dancers and international line-up.

Nov 2018       
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This Friday, November 30, the second in the series of Margriet van der Linden’s new KRO-NCRV TV documentary series “How to be Gay” will be aired on NPO2. In this, Margriet van der Linden answers the question of what it is like to be gay. In six episodes she visits, among other countries, the Russian Federation, China, France, and the United Kingdom.

Nov 2018       
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The Dutch Minister for Health, Bruno Bruins, wants to investigate if blood donations by homosexuals should be made easier. This was his answer to a question by one of the opposition parties in the Dutch Lower House. He said that in the future, it may be become easier for homosexuals to make blood and tissue donations.

Nov 2018       
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Last year December, at the historic location of Amstel 178, Club YOLO opened its doors for the very first time. Gay News spoke with owners Valy Pintiuc and Jorge Pessanha about the past, success and future plans.

Nov 2018       
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Three organizations on Curaçao that are fighting for equal rights and sexual diversity, presented a bill to Parliament during Gay Pride in the capital Willemstad. This bill should make same-sex marriage possible, among other things.

Nov 2018       
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A gay man in England managed to lure four heterosexual men into having sex with him by pretending to be beautiful woman on Tinder. Only when one of the men removed his blindfold did it become clear that they had been duped. The case has now gone to court in the town of Kingston.

Nov 2018       
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The GLBT bar Café Rosé is open on Fridays. Café Rosé is the oldest queer bar in Maastricht and welcomes all. Experience for yourself the open-minded, cozy atmosphere in the heart of Maastricht.

Nov 2018       
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“Your Daily Male,” the only tear-off calendar in the world with the male as its central theme, will see its fourth edition again published by Gallery MooiMan male-art. Fifty-two international artists have contributed to this colorful tear-off calendar in which the male takes centre stage. The calendar weighs more than two pounds and is four centimetres thick.

Nov 2018       
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From Wednesday, November 14 to Sunday, November 25, the thirty-first edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will take place in different theatres throughout Amsterdam. As was the case in recent years, again there are various documentaries programmed about, in the broadest sense of the term, experiences in the GLBTQ world.

Nov 2018       
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This year, the Dutch GLBT inheritance centre IHLIA celebrates its forty-year anniversary. To celebrate this anniversary, IHLIA presents “With Pride,” a national campaign and exhibition in which themes from the GLBT movement’s struggle of the past forty years are shown.

Nov 2018       
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“Thank God for NDTdance,” Dutch actress Carice van Houten noted on Twitter. And no, the “Game of Thrones” star was not referring to our top DJs, but to the brilliant rebels of the Nederlands Dans Theater (Dutch Dance Theatre; NDT). Their performances get jubilant reviews, both at home and abroad, and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors in Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.

Oct 2018       
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Mister B has recently moved to Prinsengracht 192, a beautiful location near the Homomonument. The new Mister B flagship store has a modern look and feel, including its well-known range of articles. And there is now place for a shop-assistant, maybe something for you?

Oct 2018       
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On Saturday, October 27, the Dutch television channel NPO 3 will show the movie Dost. When Alko falls in love with the touch, fifteen-year-old Marie, he practices deep kissing tentatively with his buddy Bjorn, and the lads also fantasize about sex. When Bjorn hears Alko and Marie have kissed, he’s visibly moved. From that moment on Alko only has eyes for “his” Marie.

Oct 2018       
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How happy are young people in the Netherlands? Are they drinking less since the minimum age to drink alcohol was increased to 18? And how much time do they really spend on their mobiles? Every four years, the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands Institute of Mental Health and Addiction, and The Netherlands Institute for Social Research survey topics that concern young people between the ages of 11 and 16.

Oct 2018       
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The municipality of Amstelveen signed a declaration of intent with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) in order to become a Rainbow City. This means that Amstelveen will jointly develop policies for the promotion of the social security, resilience and acceptance of LGBT persons in Amstelveen.

Oct 2018       
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This year, the twenty-fourth edition of Leather Pride Amsterdam will take place from October 25-28.

Oct 2018       
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Immerse yourself in a spectacular party weekend for Brussel's La Demence 29th Anniversary Weekend, and benefit from one of the many attractive hotel- and combiticket deals.

Oct 2018       
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He had been in doubt for a long time, but he has finally decided to do it: Peter van der Vorst is definitely leaving the church. The television producer has had enough of the Roman Catholic Church’s anti-gay stance, “I don’t want to be a part of this anymore”.

Oct 2018       
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The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport will make extra funds available to reduce the high number of suicides and suicide attempts. 113 Suicide Prevention will receive EUR 2 million extra in subsidy. It will start a campaign with the Netherlands Centre for Social Development Movisie and COC Netherlands after the summer to combat suicide among LGBTI youths.

Sep 2018       
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The police are looking for visitors of gay meeting places in their investigation into the murder of a former Dutch serviceman. Since Thursday evening, December 20, 2017, the police are investigating the death of former serviceman Marcel Hoogerbrugge (49). On the evening in question, his body was found in an apartment on the Dr. Anton Philip Street in Hoogeveen.

Sep 2018       
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Agreements between action group PrEPnu and the Amsterdam pharmacist Hans Smit have resulted in a second hefty price reduction for the HIV prevention pill PrEP. The price of generic PrEP has now dropped from EUR 50 to EURO 39.

Sep 2018       
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Rotterdam Pride will exuberantly celebrating its fifth anniversary from September 27-30 with a diverse, innovative and creative program for everyone!

Sep 2018       
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Earlier this year the first Miss Drag Queen Limburg election ever took place in Maastricht. In the bar of COC Limburg, Café Rosé, a very diverse audience enjoyed the performances by participating drag queens.

Sep 2018       
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As one of the last remaining gay (friendly) hotels in Amsterdam for the entire GLBT community and friends, the Amistad Hotel was getting on. It was high time for a facelift, and that is exactly what happened. After a nine-month renovation period, the Amistad Hotel reopened its doors for its first guests just before the Pride.

Sep 2018       
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Last July, Deutsche Post issued a special stamp on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) as the founder of the first LGBTI organization in the world. This is the very first time Deutsche Post issued a seal with an LGBTI theme.

Sep 2018       
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Streetheart, the quirky new GLBTQI festival on the Kerkstaat, returns for its second edition on the second Saturday of September.

Sep 2018       
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The Roze Regahs are celebrating their fifth anniversary. The Pink Regahs are the first gay supporters’ association of ADO Den Haag. Soccer and gays don’t mix? Nonsense! After five years, their members are a permanent presence in the Cars Jeans Stadium.

Aug 2018       
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In view of the sheer size of European royal families it was to be expected - and although you will never know for sure with that aristocratic restraint - probably sooner than later: a same-sex marriage within a royal family. That time has now come.

Aug 2018       
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In Gouda, where Roze Zaterdag (Pink Saturday) is held this year, it was announced that Leeuwarden will host the 2020 event. It is a first for the Province of Friesland.

Aug 2018       
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After being a significant part of the leather history in the Warmoesstraat for nearly twenty-five years, Mister B thinks it’s time for a change. The Mister B flagship store is moving to a new location: Prinsengracht 192, right by the Homomonument and the Westerkerk.

Aug 2018       
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“Those were the gays my friend / They fought so fervently / Against taboos and drab clichés / With their persistent drive / They have liberated us...” These lines by Amsterdam gay icon Dolly Bellefleur are, put in the present tense, fully applicable to the participants of this year’s Istanbul Pride.

Aug 2018       
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Dolly Bellefleur is the alter-ego of cabaret performer and lyricist Ruud Douma. For twenty-eight years now, Dolly is “Frau Antje van het Verkeerde Kantje” (Miss Antje of the Other Side), both on the barricades and on stage. As winner of the Canal Parade 2017, Dolly Bellefleur & Friends will sail the Amsterdam canals again this year.

Aug 2018       
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Again this year for Pride Amsterdam, a fantastic party will be organized on the Zeedijk! In collaboration with Café Skek, Café Verhoeff, de Barderij, ’t Mandje and Little Thai Prince, Café The Queen’s Head presents a street party on Friday night, August 3, from 6 p.m. onwards, and on Saturday, August 4, from 4 p.m. to late.

Aug 2018       
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Researchers from the University of Groningen and Movisie are conducting a survey into the experiences of professionals and volunteers working with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender youths suffering from suicidal thoughts. In addition to “hands-on” experts, the researchers also seek out professionals and volunteers who want to share their experiences in a group interview, which will take about one and a half to two hours.

Jul 2018       
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The third edition of COC’s Shakespeare Club will take place in the courtyard of the Amsterdam Museum, Sint Luciensteeg 27, from July 28 to August 5.

Jul 2018       
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In The Hague, Orlando Boldewijn was commemorated in the Ypenburg district. In February, the seventeen-year-old boy from Rotterdam died there after a date via the gay app Grindr. After a week of searching for his body, his remains were found in the water of the Blauwe Loper pond.

Jul 2018       
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After last year’s great success of “Pride at the Beach,” Zandvoort takes it one step further. Besides a jolly parade, a large party on the town square, various festive activities by local entrepreneurs in the village and at the beach, the theme of the Zandvoorts Museum is also exclusively the Gay Pride.

Jul 2018       
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On Saturday, July 28th, the Pride Walk will again depart from the Homomonument. The Pride Walk draws attention to the situation of GLBTI people in other countries, specifically in those countries in which homosexuality is still in the Penal Code. Furthermore, the Pride Walk is a showcase of the GLBTI community in the Netherlands.

Jul 2018       
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