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From karaoke bars, masks and love hotels run by drag queens, to diners, tattoo shops and gritty motels. From the filthy and overpopulated Tokyo to sunny Southern California with its endless highways. “Oh Lucy!” is an original road movie and a delicious black comedy.

May 2018       
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This year, the Frisian capital Leeuwarden and Valetta on Malta were declared European Capital of Culture. Since 1985, this title is given, from 2004 onwards to two cities per year. On the occasion of this event, a packed program has been compiled, but the organization Gayslowdating decided to add a few extras.

May 2018       
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The kick-off of a new, international “Amsterdam Sportswear Weekend” during Pentecost shows that Amsterdam does do diversity and sex(uality)!

May 2018       
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Half of Europe is under the spell of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, starting May 8. Will Waylon fare better with or without Ilse de Lange? Meanwhile, Song Contest and drag loving Amsterdam and indeed Holland is getting ready for its very own version of this battle - the sixteenth edition of the Eurovision SongTravestival.

Apr 2018       
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This year, Café the Queen’s Head in Amsterdam will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary! The bar, famous worldwide and notorious for its weekly drag bingo, “Coby’s Cut Karaoke” and the drag show “Queens in Queen’s,” naturally will celebrate the occasion with all kinds of crazy events. We wonder how it all started.

Apr 2018       
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GLAAD, the world’s largest GLBTQ media advocacy organization, announced that Olympic medalist Adam Rippon launched a fundraising campaign to support GLAAD’s culture-changing GLBTQ youth programs. The announcement was made during Rippon’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen surprised him with a check for $10,000 to kick off his campaign.

Apr 2018       
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In a letter to Mark Harbers of Asylum (VVD), COC Netherlands calls on the state secretary to make getting asylum in the Netherlands easier for LGBTIs from Cuba. According to the gay interest organization, the situation of LGBTIs in the Central American country is still very poor.

Apr 2018       
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Before the flood of 2018 tourists will wash over Amsterdam, the new up-to-date Gay Map has been distributed all over the city. This completely updated 23th edition of the Amsterdam Gay Map – 100.000 of them are printed and distributed every year- lists all Amsterdam gay venues and contains handy tips for visitors.

Apr 2018       
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The approach toward violence against LGBTIs needs to change and improve – It is time for a turnaround. This was the appeal made by Tanje Ineke, COC president of the Dutch gay interest organisation, in a discussion with the Dutch Minister for Justice and Security, Grapperhaus. The COC president was cautiously optimistic about the outcome.

Apr 2018       
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Courtesy of its humanist culture and modern legislation, Brussels, the gay friendly capital of 500 million Europeans, stands out even more in the European landscape. Fourteen years ago, Belgium signed the law legalizing same-sex marriage, thereby becoming, after the Netherlands, the second country in the world to acknowledge equal rights for the gay and lesbian community.

Apr 2018       
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Queer Muslim platform Stichting Maruf is the winner of the Roze Lieverdje 2018. Every other year, GroenLinks Amsterdam awards this little statue to a person or organization that has committed itself to LGBTI+ emancipation in Amsterdam in a remarkable way.?

Apr 2018       
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The life and art of Peter Hujar (1934–1987) were rooted in downtown New York. Private by nature, combative in manner, well-read, and widely connected, Hujar inhabited a world of avant-garde dance, music, art, and drag performance. His mature career paralleled the public unfolding of gay life between the Stonewall uprising in 1969 and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Apr 2018       
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On July 1, 1943, an announcement of the Höhere SS- und Polizeiführer appeared in the Dutch newspapers: “12 death sentences have been executed due to an explosive attack on the Municipal Register in Amsterdam. The leadership of this terrorist gang was closely connected to artists’ and student circles. Five perpetrators had Jewish blood. Two of the main perpetrators were homosexual.”

Apr 2018       
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Toddities held its first formal exhibition on the 2nd of February featuring the work of Jason Swinehammer. The name of his installation is Lovers.

Apr 2018       
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On Friday, February 2, Ali Erol, a prominent Turkish human rights activist and a founder of Kaos GL Association, Turkey’s first registered GLBT organization, was arrested and detained in a home he shares with his partner. Clear indications of the purpose of his arrest are yet unknown, though Kaos GL has reported that Erol’s social media posts were included in the authorities’ detention warrant.

Mar 2018       
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New York’s East Village of the 1970s and 1980s continues to thrive in the public’s imagination around the world. Located in the basement of a Polish Church at 57 St. Marks Place, Club 57 (1978–1983) began as a no-budget venue for music and film exhibitions, and quickly took pride of place in a constellation of countercultural venues in downtown New York fueled by low rents, the Reagan presidency, and the desire to experiment with new modes of art, performance, fashion, music, and exhibition.

Mar 2018       
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A female fetish photographer embraced by the gay scene in the shortest possible time may well be called special, but it is exactly what happened in the past few years with Suzanne van de Laar. As Suus, she captured the hearts of many in the Dutch fetish scene by storm.

Mar 2018       
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March can mean only one thing! It is time for yet another edition of the Amsterdam Bear Weekend! Amsterdam again will be the epicentre of bear life till March 5, welcoming bears and enthusiasts from both home and abroad.

Mar 2018       
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Lockerroom, “a new niche party where young fetish people eager to dance to a tougher style of music will meet and play,” according to Anne Rodermond, was launched in Club Church February 10th, first upcoming edition is April 14.

Feb 2018       
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“Hollandse Nieuwe” is one of those ultimate Dutch expressions. Here, however, it does not signify the standard meaning of the arrival of new herring, but new male art by Dutch artists. With this title, gallery MooiMan male-art starts a new season of exhibitions, focussing on the recent work of eight artists.

Feb 2018       
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Marcel van Doorn (45) is Mr. Bear The Netherlands 2017. His election was not unexpected.

Feb 2018       
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On the 25th of March, Heimdall publishers will present Rick van der Made’s third poetry collection at the Zaantheater in Zaandam: “Het jaar van de arend” (The Year of the Eagle). In this book, Van der Made’s poems are preceded by short stories and accompanied by photographs by the Amsterdam photographer Jan van Breda.

Feb 2018       
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Joris just can’t get away from his parental home, while Yad reluctantly returns to it. These twenty-somethings from Almere seem to be made for each other. Before surrendering to love, however, they first have to make amends and sort things out with their mothers.

Feb 2018       
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Sexual activity engaged in while under the influence of stimulant drugs(chem sex) is gaining more and more ground in some of the gay scene now the price of crystal meth is falling. This is accompanied by an increase in STDs, the GGD concludes.

Jan 2018       
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Austria has stricken the law that hinders the introduction of gay marriage. The Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex partners can get married from 2019 onwards.

Jan 2018       
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On February 3, it is time for Bear-Necessity’s tenth anniversary!

Jan 2018       
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Amsterdam has a brand-new monthly drag night! “Queens in Queens” is the name of this monthly drag queen show in café the Queen’s Head, after its third edition on December 30, it's time for the fourth edition on January 27. About time for a talk with Jakko ter Borg, responsible for the entertainment at the bar.

Jan 2018       
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That is the sound you will hear on Thursday nights in cocktail bar & restaurant Getto. So take a seat at the bar or enjoy a dinner table. It’s show time!

Jan 2018       
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Backdoor’s anniversary in January means a big celebration! The organizers have a big surprise in store for us: on January 27th, Backdoor is back with Superstar DJ Phil Romano at pop temple Melkweg. This legendary DJ will spin an extra-long set at this “Anniversary Fest”.

Jan 2018       
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For the third time now, Gallery MooiMan published the only tear-off calendar in the world with the male as its theme: “Your Daily Male 2018.” Although such a typical Dutch product as the tear-off calendar, “Your Daily Male” is gradually conquering not only the Netherlands but also the rest of the world.

Jan 2018       
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At the XXXLeather XL party, Evert Leerson was elected Mister Leather Netherlands 2018 on Friday, October 27. This same weekend, European Mister Leather was also choosen.

Dec 2017       
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Stichting School & Veiligheid, COC Netherlands, and EduDivers present the publication ‘Waar begin je? Met leerlingen en leraren in gesprek over respect voor seksuele diversiteit’. The booklet describes how schools can maximise their efforts to create a safe climate for LGBTI students. The publication is available free of charge.

Dec 2017       
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The parliament of the Dutch county Limburg has declared the province a Rainbow Province. A Rainbow Province is a county that will implement policy to advance the safety and rights of the LGBTI community.

Dec 2017       
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Last November at a festive ceremony, Elton John was awarded the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dec 2017       
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La Demence broke a record by bringing on-board gays from no less than eighty-eight different nationalities for the seventh edition of The Cruise.

Dec 2017       
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The International Queer & Migrant Film Festival will again take place in various cinemas in the Netherlands from December 6-13. The main venue of the festival is De Balie in Amsterdam, where a wide range of movies from all corners of the world is scheduled in combination with debates, an Academy program, and the photo exhibition Mr. Gay Syria by Bradley Sacker.

Dec 2017       
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The freedom of expression and civil society are being restricted all over the world. This also negatively affects LGBTI organisations and activists. Together with civil society organizations from all over the world, united in the CIVICUS alliance, COC is campaigning under the motto SPEAK!

Dec 2017       
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As of Sunday, December 3, Casa Rosso in the Amsterdam Red Light District will be the stage for the “ladies” of Travestie Cabaret each Sunday afternoon. For twenty years now, their mission has been “cross-dressing cabaret with a twist” and “outrageous entertainment.”

Dec 2017       
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The nights are getting dark, the weather’s getting cold and the lights are twinkling in the streets. The shops are filling up and festive spirit is in the air, but one thing is clear: Christmas Isn’t Christmas Til You Get There.

Nov 2017       
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For the third successive year gallery MooiMan male-art has published the tear-off calendar “Your Daily Male.” In this calendar fifty-two international artists show the male in art and that means: a new man every day!

Nov 2017       
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Researchers at Stanford University in the US claim they can determine whether someone is lesbian or gay with relative certainty through facial recognition. COC president Tanja Ineke speaks of ‘creepy’ research. Ineke continues: “What are the benefits of this study? Let them study how to tackle homophobia!”

Nov 2017       
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Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath of Curaçao, and independent country within the Dutch commonwealth, held a speech at the opening of Curaçao Pride, calling for more LGBTI acceptance in an inclusive society in which everyone can develop and be themselves. The LGBTI movement on Curaçao already considers his speech as 'historic'.

Nov 2017       
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A new tradition is born! Write it down in your diary - on the second Saturday of September is the annual StreetHeart Festival! This new gender fluid event is the only public queer event in Amsterdam outside of Pride itself.

Nov 2017       
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In the past few weeks at least 50 people were imprisoned during raids against the LGBTI community in the former Soviet republic. Various sources in the region have reported that, in the past few weeks, the police have been targeting and arresting alleged LGBTIs through raids in the capital Baku.

Nov 2017       
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For four days in a row, all the colors of the rainbow brightened up the streets of Rotterdam. Four days in which sexual diversity was celebrated through art and culture, entertainment, and many parties. What a turnout, and what a great party it was!

Nov 2017       
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As of August 2017, Stage Entertainment Nederland will be active as a social partner of the Aidsfonds in order to end AIDS worldwide. Albert Verlinde, General Director of Stage Entertainment Nederland: “We believe in the possibility of putting a stop to AIDS worldwide, and it is a moral necessity to contribute to this.”

Oct 2017       
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According to COC Netherlands, a new study on multiple parenthood is completely superfluous. The outline of the legislation is ready and should to be introduced by the next cabinet

Oct 2017       
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A man in Amsterdam has to leave his rented accommodation for terrorising his lesbian neighbours for a period of two years. The serious inconvenience the man caused his neighbours over the past two years was discussed in depth at court.

Oct 2017       
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Slightly more than a month after leathermen and other fetish lovers gather in San Francisco for the annual Folsom Street Fair, a street festival that is the main attraction of the Leather Pride Week in the City by the Bay and attracts up to 400,000 visitors, the fetish lover can go and visit the Dutch capital for Leather Pride Amsterdam.

Oct 2017       
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This year, Leather Pride Amsterdam will take place end October. The first time it was held was in 1995, when the Motor Sportclub Amsterdam (MSA) celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary at the end of October with a big leather and fetish weekend in Hotel Arena.

Oct 2017       
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From September 19, Getto Food and Drinks in Amsterdam will be showing the photo series “Gay in Uganda” by Swiss-Dutch photographer Patrick Rohr. The exhibit can be visited till October 23.

Oct 2017       
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Visit the Rainbow Expo, the best gay lifestyle event, from October 27-29. It is the perfect outing! Experience the latest trends in lifestyle, entertainment, the culinary art, health, design & luxury, living, leisure, beauty, dating, marrying, art, and community life! Join workshops, taste, shop and enjoy great live performances!

Oct 2017       
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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.

Sep 2017       
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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.

Sep 2017       
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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.

Sep 2017       
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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.

Sep 2017       
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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.

Sep 2017       
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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.

Sep 2017       
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The Pride Walk, starting at Homomonument and going to Vondelpark for the Rainbow Park, marked the start of a very successfull Pride week.

Sep 2017       
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After the spectacular Backdoor meets Flikker edition last July in Akhnaton, Backdoor returns on Saturday, September 9. It will be the eighteenth edition of this gay and open-minded Backdoor party.

Aug 2017       
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