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Sauna Nieuwezijds, Amsterdam’s popular gay sauna near Central Station, closes for the month of May to fully renovate. Although open for less than four years, there are structural problems to the building that need to be addressed.

Apr 2017       
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After the very first edition of “LESBIQUE on Monday’s!” at the Spijker Bar, is now comes overy once a week on Monday evening. An evening for lesbians, gays, and freaks. Initiator Rosanne Bakker Schut (25), known as DJ Sleeping Beauty in the Amsterdam scene, was missing a place where all genders and identities are welcome on weekdays.

Apr 2017       
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On Friday, February 24, bridge 210 was officially named after Bet van Beeren during a ceremony in Amsterdam. The bridge crosses the Oudezijds Achterburgwal between the Korte Stormsteeg and the Korte Niezel, around the corner from bar ’t Mandje on the Zeedijk. The festive inauguration took place on February 24, as that day ’t Mandje celebrated its ninetieth anniversary.

Apr 2017       
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Meaty burgers named after Amsterdam drag queens? Rainbow unicorn cookies? Fries sprinkled with fairy dust? Clit Tease cocktails? And a white cat called Elvis with “David Bowie eyes”? Amsterdam’s Getto is beautifully heterogeneous for a gay establishment.

Mar 2017       
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Just at the very end of 2016 the second edition of “Coby’s Cut Karaoke” took place. According to hostess Coby van Dam, it was a great opportunity for a sing-along goodbye to 2016. The starting point of the show obviously was a lot of “cosyness,” but when possible, most singers just tried to give a good performance.

Feb 2017       
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On the 8th of December the Tweede Kamer quietly binned the modest proposal by D66 and Groenlinks to subsidize PrEP for four hundred “at risk” people. And with that vote, the chance of getting affordable PrEP in the Netherlands in the foreseeable future all but evaporated.

Jan 2017       
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A distinct British accent shouts “Grab them by the balls!” in the microphone, “Didi Trump is making Spijker Bar great again!” Ms. Didi Licious is spinning the bingo wheel under screens showing porn and slapstick. Tonight, Ms. Licious is Didi Trump, and the audience loves it.

Jan 2017       
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Throughout the Netherlands, gay bars, restaurants and discos are closing their doors. In our most Southern province Limburg, this is no different. It’s just how the cookie crumbles. Where in the recent past, there still was plenty to choose from, now one really has to look and still it will be difficult to find them.

Nov 2016       
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Saturday, November 19 is the date for Furball – Amsterdam’s Butch and Bear Cruise & Dance Party. Furball is a party for bears, otters, cubs, chubs, and their lovers. Hair is not obligatory, but a smile is.

Nov 2016       
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The Gay Sauna in Enschede’s City Center: Sauna ’t Bölke is an ideal location to meet discreetly with “new” friends, and make use of all the facilities in a relaxed atmosphere. The sauna has a floor area of more than twelve hundred square meters, divided over four floors.

Oct 2016       
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On June 22, at IHLIA the second edition of QueerTalk will take place. The last few years several stories of trans people were brought to the attention of the general public. Sharing stories and gaining insight in the lives of trans people is important for gaining knowledge and could potentially empower trans people.

Jun 2016       
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This year, EuroPride is organised in Amsterdam, from July 23 to August 7. Reason for the Protestant Church Amsterdam and the organisers of the annual Gay Pride Service and Pink Christmas Service to welcome the visitors to the city on behalf of the churches.

May 2016       
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Before the flood of 2016 tourists will wash over Amsterdam, the new up-to-date Gay Map has been distributed all over the city.

Apr 2016       
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For twenty years now, Cuts & Curls Male Hairstyling on the Korte Leidsedwarsstraat in Amsterdam has been a favorite with men who attach great importance to a groomed appearance. Owner Richard Bolk founded the business in 1996. He runs Cuts & Curls by himself, and therefore only works by appointment. This gives him the opportunity to give each client the attention he deserves.

Apr 2016       
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Precisely one year ago, Café The Queen’s Head was taken over by John Jepma and Leon Oppers. Most things stayed the same, although secretly they are working on a new toilet area and an extension of the downstairs smoking room. The website has also been renewed. Besides the usual holidays, Gay Pride and group events, such as the bears, who have their set evening, a number of things are striking in the programming.

Jan 2016       
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With pain in his heart, owner Edgar Bonte has come to the decision to close the WareHouse as of March 1, 2016. The reason for this is a long and protracted conflict with one occupant of the neighboring apartment complex.

Jan 2016       
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The use of crystal meth is increasing in the Netherlands. The drug is becoming increasingly popular in the gay scene especially. This is the conclusion of the report 'Tina and Slamming' of stichting Mainline, which concentrates on the health of drug users, and SOA Aids Nederland. The latter works on preventing the spread of venereal diseases and AIDS via injection needles.

Dec 2015       
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COC Zwolle will stop running its bar De Garage. The bar on the Kamperstraat in the centre of Zwolle was renovated 6 months ago and enthusiastically reopened, but suffered too much loss. The bar closed down on October 1.

Oct 2015       
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End October, it will be twenty years ago that fetish store Black Body opened its doors. When Rick Souwerbren started his business in 1995, he had never suspected it would become this successful. The business has grown, and even though there were ups and downs throughout the years, Black Body is flourishing as never before. High time for a conversation with the driving force behind this business celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

Oct 2015       
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Before the leathermen, their otherwise kinky pals, and their aficionados can submit to their lusts during Amsterdam’s Leather Pride in October, they can enjoy themselves on the other side of the world at the Folsom Street Fair on September 27 in San Francisco. The Folsom Street Fair is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair, that caps San Francisco’s Leather Pride Week.

Sep 2015       
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With a cheer to the future, the new bar of COC Zwolle ‘De Garage’ was opened. The president of COC Netherlands Tanja Ineke and Zwolle's alderwoman Nelleke Vedelaar did so with the ‘first tap’: they were the first to tap a beer behind the new bar. The opening marks the beginning of a new era for this bar of the COC, which fights for the social acceptance of sexual and gender diversity in the Zwolle area.

Jun 2015       
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Before the flood of 2015 tourists will wash over Amsterdam, the new up-to-date Amsterdam Gay Map has been distributed all over the city.

May 2015       
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After a fantastic comeback, The Original Backdoor Tea Dance is back on Sunday, Arpil 5 at the ABE Club & Lounge. Amsterdam gave this “legendary gay / open-minded tea dance event” a more than warm welcome during its first and second edition.

Mar 2015       
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The iconic bar The Queen’s Head has been taken over by John Jepma and Leon Oppers. The bar’s range of products will be increased with more choice in high-quality whiskey, vodka and wines. A wind of change, and a new toilet set in due time. But Café The Queen’s Head must remain what it is today: an iconic bar.

Mar 2015       
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Here I am. In a completely gutted building from the 1980s near Central Station. Some dated tiles show something of a past. But in several months, this has to become a new gay hotspot in Amsterdam. It is 2013. And as a future employee, I look around glazed, thinking about how things will turn out.

Jan 2015       
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On December 14, 2014, a new Mister B store for leather and fetish enthusiasts opened its doors in Antwerp. By doing so, the Amsterdam based company is now located in the heart of the Belgian leather and fetish scene.

Jan 2015       
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Recently, the Ferry Store opened its doors in Rotterdam. Marc Kabbedijk, the creator of the magazine “Ferry,” has realized his dream of creating a 3D version of the magazine with both a store and catering facilities. The initiator calls the Ferry Store “a lifestyle ‘hang-out’ for men who love men.”

Dec 2014       
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For the first time in three years, Sexy has selected a new venue for its XL Winter Special. Right after Christmas, on Saturday, December 27, 2014, Sexy will party at the Bootshaus.

Nov 2014       
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In the late eighties, Rob Meijer, the founder of the fetish store that carries his first name, said in an interview: “I think rubber is a very difficult fabric, it always tears and breaks. I don’t want to deal with that. Someone buys latex pants, and comes back after two days because there is a tear. I get frustrated as I don’t know what to do with it.

Nov 2014       
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Tattooing, body piercing and permanent makeup are increasing in popularity. Piercing involves making holes in the body with a needle so that rings or bars can be inserted. Piercing can be applied to many parts of the body, including ears, nose, lips, nipples and genitals. Piercing is not limited to the skin, and many include cartilage.

Oct 2014       
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Revelation is a new party with kinky and fetish character, between Rapido Amsterdam and La Demence Brussels.

Jul 2014       
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He could almost be considered as resident at The WareHouse already: for the third time Chris Bekker (G) will take control of the DJ booth on Saturday June 7. His creative music style has proven to please almost everybody.

Jun 2014       
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Some months ago, we extensively covered the initiative to erect an AIDS memorial monument in Amsterdam. Meanwhile, a location has been chosen, namely the Oosterdokseiland, on the north-western corner of the De Ruyterkade. Almost unanimously, this location was preferred by the art committee of the city of Amsterdam, as well as the members of the work group AIDS monument.

Jun 2014       
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Getto, the place with an attitude free zone for gays, lesbians, queers and straights in Amsterdam’s Warmoesstraat, currently shows works by Jarret Quinn, who was born in Calgary, Canada, but is a resident of Amsterdam since January 2013.

May 2014       
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Only a few months in operation, and The WareHouse already brought legendary nights to it’s public. For the next months The Warehouse offers a truly spectacular agenda, leading up to the one year anniversary in the middle of July.

May 2014       
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The WareHouse on Warmoesstraat is one of Amsterdam’s newest nightclubs that caters itself to house music lovers. After opening in July 2013, this club with a 300 person capacity has already brought legendary nights to it’s public. Now the club is proud to present a next phase with the opening of the newest addition to the nightclub, a Chill Lounge, designed by world renowned Amsterdam based Argentinian artist, Lalo Fernandez.

Apr 2014       
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Every Thursday it’s show time in the Getto! Hosted by some of Amsterdam’s most fabulous entertainers, Getto Glam awaits your company.

Apr 2014       
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From March 20 to 24, a large part of the Amsterdam scene will join the festivities of the Amsterdam Bear Pride. The organization hopes to make it a Pride where not only parties and food are at center stage, but where sociability is key. Besides a combined FurBall and Bear Necessity Party, a Mister Bear Contest, a Canal Bear Cruise, Bear Bowling, UnderBear, and After- en XXXL Lust parties will be organized.

Mar 2014       
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At the Ro Theater in Rotterdam, the kick-off of the Poz&Proud on Tour campaign took place. The tour will travel the country until the summer of 2014 with theme nights for homosexual men. The campaign is a cooperation of the Hiv Vereniging Nederland (HVN), Poz&Proud and the COC.

Jan 2014       
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Last month the Sauna Nieuwezijds (NZ) opened, Amsterdam’s first new gay sauna in more than fifteen years. We went to the opening party and were blown away by this stylish new bathhouse right in the center of town. We spoke to Elard Diekman, one of the driving forces behind the new venture.

Jan 2014       
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After several months of being closed for renovation, and celebrating it's re-opeing with a Grand Opening of the renewed bookstore, Vrolijk is fully up and running again. The bookshop can be found at its old location on Paleisstraat 135, near Dam Square.

Jan 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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Since World Aids Day on the first of December, the Amsterdam Museum will prominently showcase a number of new acquisitions till January 31st. They are costumes worn by the legendary Hellun Zelluf, the stage name of Geert Visser (1960–1992), in the illustrious “Gay Dating Show.”

Dec 2013       
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On the last Sunday in September, the Folsom Street Fair was held as the closing event of a week of parties and activities for leather men and other fetish afficionados.

Nov 2013       
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Architect Cees Dam opened the exhibition “Dolly Bellefleur, My Muse” in the Stopera, Amsterdam’s city hall. This series of paintings reveals the influence a muse has on the work of an artist, and can be visited till December 6.

Nov 2013       
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La Demence announces its third European gay cruise in the Mediterranean Sea from Monday, June 3rd, till Monday, June 10th, 2013 with a departure and arrival in Athens (Greece).

Jan 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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On Friday the 19th of October, the eve before the HustlaBall, the HustlaBall Award Ceremony took place at the KitKat-Club in Berlin. These are the only European porn awards, installed four years ago. Consumers have a large say because they can vote for their favorites online and their votes count for one-third in the final competition.

Dec 2012       
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The charity-calendar MEN IN THE ALPS presents charming vehicles from the last century for their 2013 edition. The vintage cars are photographed in the erotic company of 19 sexy boys and men between 22 and 46 years old from South Tirol, Italy, Austria and (for the first time) The Netherlands.

Dec 2012       
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Wherever you go, almost everyone will know disco/café ’t Bölke in Enschede. Party Center ’t Bölke is celebrating its forty year anniversary, breaking the age record of gay clubs in the Benelux (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg).

Dec 2012       
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PatrickGormanJr.com in association with Getto Amsterdam presents the exposition “Rent Boys and Red Light Girls: the Fairy Tale Collection,” inspired by Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

Dec 2012       
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The Amsterdam based media collective House of XY has been pounding away with their homo-erotic photographs for two years. They’ve already had the biggest porn stars in front of their camera, from Samuel Colt to Heath Jordan and from Logan McCree to Buck Angel. Their trademarks: laser sharp shots on location and in the studio, often extravagantly photoshopped.

Oct 2012       
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There Are Numerous Exciting Possibilities If something that usually has nothing to do with sex turns you on, you have a fetish. It can be about clothes, like a uniform, work clothes or a business suit. It can also be a specific piece of clothing, like underwear, gloves or boots. Some men get hot from certain smells, like cigar smoke or perspiration. Other people go for certain situations, like pain, humiliation or bondage.

Oct 2012       
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Club Church is launching a new party this year: Hello Pozzums! A sexy party exclusively for HIV positive men. Church is aware of the fact that the concept could raise eyebrows and even turn out controversial and still it’s determined to go ahead. Why?

Oct 2012       
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“Everyone has done some drugs in their time, but most aren’t as dangerous as GHB,” says Dickey Heerkens. He is the organizer of the Fuxxx parties in the center of Amsterdam since early 2012. Heerkens was alarmed by the high number of people using GHB. Already, several people have died because of it.

Aug 2012       
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The Getto on the Warmoesstraat opened its doors more than fifteen years ago. And this was celebrated with a big party.Getto is more than just a bar where you can have a nice meal. Owners John and Bertie:“Getto is a place for like-minded people.”

Aug 2012       
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The new Black Body shop recently opened its doors in the former post office on 173 Kerkstraat, near Spiegelstraat. For many residents of Amsterdam, this is a familiar spot. Especially for Rick Souwerbren, the driving force behind Black Body. Sixteen years ago, he started the business in this particular neighborhood. Besides the familiar rubber and leather which put Black Body on the map, the new store now also offers various other fetish brands.

Aug 2012       
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Recently Mark J. de Vries of the Gay Garden Club opened the exhibition “Garden Gods in Paradise” at Gallery MooiMan in Groningen. This show was part of the Garden & Art ten-day festival in the north of Holland Gallery MooiMan took part in for the first time. “Garden Gods in Paradise” will be in the gallery until the end of August, as well as in the sculpture garden.

Aug 2012       
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Amsterdam’s newest rubber party had two editions already. We spoke with Tony Varlack, who initiated the party and who’s also Mr Rubber NL 2012, and Sly Hands, International Mr Rubber 2012, about their passion for rubber.

Jul 2012       
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Just recently Argos opened its doors again. A few new features: a larger cruising area and an outside area for during summer. The bar also has extended opening hours. The renovation marks a new era in the history of Amsterdam’s oldest leather bar.

Jul 2012       
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