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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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Homonegativity has fallen sharply, and young people have their first sexual experience at a later age. At an average of 18.6 years, half of Dutch youth in the age bracket 12-25 has had sexual intercourse. In 2012 this was 17.1. These are some of the results of the third edition of a representative and large-scale study Seks onder je 25e.

Aug 2017       
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The 45 Rainbow Cities want to continue their policy aimed at increasing social acceptance and the emancipation and security of LGBTIs. This intention is recorded in the declaration of intent Van Regenboog naar Horizon, which was presented at the city hall in Den Bosch during Pink Saturday 2017.

Aug 2017       
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The Gay Pride Week is one of the highlights of the year for the GLBTQ community. In addition to the famous boat parade, numerous other activities are organized to celebrate and ensure the emancipation and freedom of the GLBTQ community. This year, student union A.S.V.Gay will be organizing a symposium in which the “gay scene” will be put under the microscope.

Jul 2017       
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FunHouse XXL- for the second time now, the Gashouder venue will also be incorporated into this Pride edition of FunHouse. An unprecedented laser-light and visual spectacle show is unleashed in this industrial monument, an absolutely unique location.

Jul 2017       
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This year, the twenty-second edition of Pride Amsterdam will take place. Earlier this year, Artis Zoo proudly announced the fact that for the first time in its history, a couple of griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus) is taking care of a chick. The egg of the male couple was found unsupervised and was placed in an incubator.

Jul 2017       
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The nostalgic ones among us can truly indulge themselves on July 29, when a special homage to Abraham Tuschinski’s famous Soirée Dansant & Chantant will take place at the beloved and luxuriously decorated room on the first floor of Tushinski’s film palace.

Jul 2017       
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Berlin’s Schwules Museum has organized an exhibition commemorating the 300th Birthday of Johann Joachim Winckelmann (1717-1768), which is curated by Dr. Wolfgang Cortjaens.

Jul 2017       
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COC Netherlands calls on the Jehovah's Witnesses organisation to remove an LGBTI hostile video from their website, and have a conversation with the gay interest group.

Jul 2017       
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For the thirteenth time, drag queen and king athletes from around the globe will flock to Amsterdam to compete in the world’s one and only drag sporting event, The Drag Olympics.

Jul 2017       
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Bölke kicks off the Grolsch Summer Sounds for the eleventh time on Thursday, July 20th. Again this year, the Oude Markt in Enschede will be the place to be from 19:00 to 00:30 on, with spectacular acts, drag queens, dancers, live performances and exciting music.

Jul 2017       
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BA KDOOR® is the gay and open-minded dance and social event on Saturday night. It takes you on a trip through the new and approved Amsterdam club scene, with artists and performance art: for people who love people!

Jul 2017       
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The Amsterdam Gay Pride Foundation has grown. Besides the work organization and the board, ten committees are now also up and running. The purpose of each committee is to ensure an attractive and festive program that has real content. Four of these committee chairmen give some more information on their committee, as well as the parts of the Pride program they helped initiate.

Jul 2017       
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In mid-July, a wonderful photo book by American photographer Shirley Agudo titled “Amsterdam Streethearts” will be released by publishing house Bas Lubberhuizen. The month of August in Amsterdam traditionally comes with an abundance of colors, with GLBTs visiting from all over the world to attent the famous Canal Parade, but also to enjoy the Drag Olympics.

Jul 2017       
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In the media, terms such as “transgender” and “gender identity” are increasingly used, while “genderqueer” and “gender fluid” are still relatively new concepts. It should be clear that the traditional male/female role models are slowly shifting, and that especially the younger generation is increasingly seeking new ways to express their own identity in less conventional ways.

Jul 2017       
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Bianca Del Rio will be visiting Amsterdam on July 28 as part of her comedy tour. This guarantees an enjoyable evening full of provocative entertainment. On the threshold of her visit we were allowed to ask her some questions.

Jul 2017       
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Impression of an amazing Weekend in Brussels, last Easter

Jun 2017       
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In the past, coming out as a gay man often meant considering: “But I wanted to be a father, and that’s going to be impossible.” In the Netherlands now, male couples or single gays have several options in order to realize their wish to become a father.

Jun 2017       
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On behalf of the municipality of Amsterdam and the Bestuurlijk Overleg Zwerfjongeren, The Netherlands centre for social development Movisie will map the problems of homeless Dutch LGBTI youth. Unique to this research is the fact that some of the researchers were previously homeless themselves.

Jun 2017       
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A pastor in Brunswick, Georgia, USA, who was fiercely campaigning against gay and transgender rights, was at the end of April sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for sexual molestation of a fifteen-year-old boy and girl.

Jun 2017       
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In the SBS6 TV show Hart van Nederland, transgender woman Jessica tells the horrible tale of her being taken hostage and abused. Five suspects are now in custody. Jessica has shared her story on television because ‘this ordeal should not happen to anyone in the future’. Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and COC Netherlands responded in absolute horror.

Jun 2017       
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On Sunday June 18, Kees van Twist - former Director of the Groninger Museum - will open the gay art route in Den Bosch, incorporating the exhibition “Roze Munitie” (Pink Ammunition) in Museum Het Kruithuis. This exhibition is part of the twenty-eighth Pink Saturday that will be held in Den Bosch this year.

Jun 2017       
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Legal recognition of gender equality is gaining a bigger foothold in Europe. Same-sex partners are getting more access to more and more rights in more and more European countries. This is evidenced by research by legal scientists from Leiden and French demographers. They have published a detailed data bank and a comparative analysis on the subject.

Jun 2017       
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Recently Soa Aids Nederland introduced Advies.chat. It is the first online STD test advisor that gives reliable advice on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) test, whenever you need it.

Jun 2017       
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He’s funky and smiling, has just arrived in Amsterdam a few months ago and already presents a retrospective of his art and design in a splendid store that he turned into a pop-up gallery, in the Jordaan at Westerstraat 59-61.

May 2017       
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The Amsterdam VUmc Hospital is looking into the possibility of helping gay couples with surrogacy. Among gay couples, the interest for this is increasing, but as such it is not possible in the Netherlands still. Now, gay couples need to go abroad for an expensive and often uncertain process.

May 2017       
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