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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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“Who’s a bingo virgin?” Drag Queen Didi Licious asks the mostly young crowd in Elsevier’s canteen, decorated in rainbow colors. The language is English, and Didi explains the rules of the game to the bingo novices.

Sep 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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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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The French underwear label HOM brings an homage to Cuba in its summer-spring collection. The collection is inspired by the 1950s in Cuba, with its exotic plants and flowers, bright colors, and Cuban architecture.

May 2017       
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A young gay man tells his parents about his sexual orientation, and one of the first things that springs to mind of his mother is: “But that means I won’t become a grandmother.” Hopefully this idea is slowly becoming a thing of the past, and changes into: “Fortunately we live in the Netherlands in the year 2017, and I’m curious to see whether you’ll end up having children, and how that will happen.”

Mar 2017       
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With temperatures in between 14 and -2 degrees Celsius, it is easy to adjust to the temperature with comfortable shirts and pullovers. Unsurprisingly, pullovers are making a comeback. However, the somewhat warmer leisure shirts should not be missing in your wardrobe, and you really don’t have to be a lumberjack or polar region dweller to wear them.

Jan 2017       
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I've always know Dr. Martens as a brand a bit more meant for the alternative market, often with a little 'interesting twist'. In recent years, an increasingly smarter range of Dr. Martens is introduced. Just like one of the alltime favourites, the great 'light' 1460 Air Wave (with yellow/black tab), the brand is not only worn with cropped skinny jeans, but more and more in combination with a suit as well.

Dec 2016       
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The famous French luxury labels heavily dependent on foreign, read: Chinese, tourists, but after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, the number of tourists visiting Europe has decreased dramatically. The luxury goods expenditures of Chinese tourists outside of China dropped by approximately twenty-four percent.

Oct 2016       
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“It's just a phase.” “You cannot choose”. Or: “You're gay, but you don't realise it yet.” These are just some of the many examples of the numerous prejudices bisexuals have to deal with.

Oct 2016       
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The Delft police have fined three men for disturbing an introductory activity of the Delft gay student's union Outsite. The students were verbally abused and spat at. Because of the start of the academic year and the arrival of new first-year students at TU Delft in September, activities took place all week.

Sep 2016       
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The sales in the luxury fashion industry are booming again, but not for all labels. Many Italian fashion houses are still struggling with reduced economic growth in China, decreasing oil prices, and less tourism in Europe because of the terrorist attacks.

Sep 2016       
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The idea for Kazmok started in 2010 and came from crowned designer and company founder Dinand Stufkens. He went looking for other base materials than the average materials used for mass production. During his quest, Dinand spent the last five years collecting, testing and optimizing various used materials, such as old conveyor belts at airports and canvas used for military tents.

Jun 2016       
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Social workers and volunteers who try to help bi-cultural LGBTs should not want to steer them too quickly in the direction of a ‘Dutch’ coming out. Bi-cultural LGBTs often develop so-called subtle strategies to be themselves and make their own choices when it comes to love and sexuality.

Jun 2016       
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The Spanish men’s clothing brand Addicted has presented its new 2016 swimwear collection, called “Summer of Love” as a tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the hippie festival that took place in 1967 in San Francisco.

Jun 2016       
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The current practice of catwalk presentations that take place over six months prior to the season seems to be on its way out. The men’s collections for the summer of 2016 were shown as early as June/July 2015. The popularity of social media has made the consumer impatient. After the presentation of the collections, they now want to buy the garments immediately. Many brands capitalize on this by putting their garments for sale on the web immediately after presentation.

May 2016       
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The tattoo has become mainstream over the past decades, after being a symbol for outcasts for a long time. This can be concluded, for example, from various documentary television series, such as “Tattoo Fixers,” which is aired on British television with great success for some seasons now. In this television series, renowned tattoo artists replace the often terrible tattoos by wonderful works of art. The “horror tattoos” that have to be replaced were often made when drunk and on holiday, or by friends lacking the proper skills who’d ordered a tattoo set on the Internet.

May 2016       
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The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation has proposed for hospitals and psychiatric institutions to set up examination rooms to treat homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders.

May 2016       
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Young Orthodox Christians in the Netherlands almost unanimously think that homosexuality should not be ‘put in practise’. This can be concluded from the survey ‘De nieuwe refo’ conducted by Dutch newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad. They survey was held under 1,100 pietistic Calvinists in the age group 26-40.

May 2016       
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The Italian fashion industry saw its revenue increase by five percent over 2015, to a total of 64.5 billion euros. Menswear generated a revenue of nearly nine billion euros. The global credit crunch now seems to be a black page that can finally be turned. Although the export to the Russian Federation dropped by thirty-one percent, the general export of Italian fashion increased more than seven percent, especially to the United States of America and China.

Mar 2016       
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Recently, the actor Everon Jackson (known as Bing from the Dutch soap “Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden” [Good Times, Bad Times]) set up a brand new underwear range under the name BOLAS. In Spanish this means “balls” (referring to sports). It is meant for men with balls - a tough brand that aims at unique design, optimal comfort, and affordable quality.

Feb 2016       
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The 36-year-old American professional boxer Yuasf Mack has come out of the closet completely. In an interview, he admitted being guilty of creating a web of lies, and that from now on, he only wants to be truthful. Mack was in the news before when it was revealed that he had participated in a gay porn, but denied being gay.

Jan 2016       
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The Drykorn Men collection has been around since 1966 and has developed into an international fashion brand. The German fashion label stands for authenticity, high quality in design and fabrics, and individuality. The men’s collection for the fall and winter of 2015-2016 is edgy, sporty and futuristic with the motto: “Free Unit Free Senses.”

Dec 2015       
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“It is a truly sad thing that the editorial staff of magazine the Eilanden-Nieuws apologised for something that is so right - showing that there are lesbian, homosexual and transgender boys and girls in Christian orthodox circles.”

Nov 2015       
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In Thailand, the Gender Equality Act passed. With this, the country is taking a large step in the direction of equal treatment on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression. Thailand is the first country in South-East Asia to introduce such a law.

Nov 2015       
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The French capital Paris will invest fifty-seven million Euros in the fashion industry. This investment is meant to give the Parisian fashion industry a boost over the next five years. With this, Anne Hidalgo, the female Mayor of Paris, wants to ensure that Paris remains the capitol of fashion, and she will do anything to make sure it will.

Nov 2015       
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The fourth US state is going to ban therapy that claims to change gays or lesbians into straights. The governor of Illinois has signed a new law to accomplish this. Other states that have already implemented such laws are California, New Jersey, Oregon, and the District of Columbia.

Oct 2015       
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In the build-up to the Canal Pride, Dutch news show EenVandaag investigated the state of LGBT acceptance in The Netherlands among her viewers. 67% of the 28,000 respondents think that things are going well, while over a quarter (27%) says the situation is bad. The 1,700 LGBTs that participated are less positive: four out of ten (39%) say that the acceptance of LGBTs in our country is doing badly, and a majority (55%) indicates they do not feel free to walk hand-in-hand on the street.

Sep 2015       
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After years of disappointing sales figures, the Italian fashion houses are finally showing good sales. Many fashion houses are on the mend, partly because of the recovering world economy. 2014 showed an average growth of 4.6 percent, and the prospects for the second half of 2015 and for 2016 are positive.

Sep 2015       
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When it comes to a sense of humor, the British label Pepe Jeans London is an absolute must. Humor was also the source of inspiration for their 2015 spring and summer collection.

Aug 2015       
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The Turkish police have used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets against participants of Istanbul Pride. Governor Vasip Sahin of Istanbul had banned the Pride demonstration at a moment’s notice because of the Ramadan. Last year, Istanbul Pride also coincided with the Ramadan, but then it was not a reason to ban the Pride.

Aug 2015       
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For the Spanish swim label XTG, designer Luis Mentado has made an inspirational trip around the world for the new summer collection, from the beaches in Mexico and Brazil, to the cities of Paris, London, Milan, and Madrid.

Aug 2015       
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A survey by the Nederlands Dagblad (ND) among readers revealed that Christians over the age of fifty have become milder when it comes to same-sex relationships. The results of the survey were compared with results from a similar 1990 survey.

Jun 2015       
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The history of the bomber jacket goes back to 1915, when French and Belgian fighter pilots (or bomber pilots) wore leather jackets to protect them from the cold. After this period did American air force pilots also get these leather flight jackets.

May 2015       
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In his recently published “Visions and Revisions: Coming of Age in the Age of AIDS” novelist and critic Dale Peck has made a powerful and moving personal account of the turbulent decade between 1987 and 1996, a time in which he was both discovering his adult identity and living amidst an epidemic that claimed many of those closest to him.

May 2015       
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An Australian study shows that in spite of the fact that there is a lot of support for gay marriage, the message: 'It is OK to be gay or lesbian, still does not come across with youth.

May 2015       
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The recovery in the fashion industry is under pressure because of constant clearances in particular. These sales periods are becoming increasingly longer, and the discount rates increasingly higher. Mid-season and pre-sales have become established expressions, and so now, consumers are expecting low prices throughout the year. This forces retailers to deal with imposed price pressure.

Apr 2015       
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At a first glance, fashion and politics seem two different worlds, but they are getting more and more intertwined. The Chinese government, for example, is taking drastic measures against the typical Chinese “gifts culture,” for instance in the business world, where expensive designer items are given to business associates.

Mar 2015       
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An increasing number of gay men want to fulfil their desire to have children, but realizing this is a complicated matter. The options are adoption, surrogacy, co-parenting or foster care. A lot of men chose co-parenting, but where to find a suitable mother?

Mar 2015       
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It is a platitude: porn is “in the eye of the beholder.” For me, certain Adidas apparel is porn, with or without content. This content preferably consists of attractive young men, and I prefer smooth and shiny apparel. Adidas offers much variation, and apart from the shorts and shirts that have a nice shine, there are two types of outfits I find exciting: the Chiles serving the lower end of the market, for example for the Surinamese and Moroccans.

Jan 2015       
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New Yorker is an international German clothing store chain that was founded in 1971. At New Yorker, you find denim, sports and streetwear for fashion-conscious trendsetters who do not want to pay too much.

Jan 2015       
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Dutch professional football players think that the behaviour of supporters and the macho culture are the main reasons for homophobia in Dutch professional football. Therefore, according to 82 percent of the contract players, it is very difficult to come out of the closet.

Dec 2014       
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Professionals are sometimes worried about the development of children of LGBT's. However, research shows that the welfare of children from 'pink families' is at the same level, or sometimes even on a higher level than the welfare of their peers.

Dec 2014       
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The street and sportswear label Timezone was founded in 1993 and stands for products that combine a natural lifestyle with ground-breaking design and complete authenticity. The brand is inspired by the cultural diversity of different time zones all over the globe.

Dec 2014       
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Itamar (49) and David (50) are the proud fathers of Aron (11) and Esther (9) in co-parenthood with a lesbian couple. Early on, the Israeli Itamar wanted to have children. He always had a spare girlfriend ready under the motto “if you do not get married, I want to have a child with you.”

Nov 2014       
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The list of designers who showed their menswear collections for the upcoming autumn and winter season in Paris last January, was long. They came from various countries, such as Colombia , Croatia, Denmark, Germany and Italy. Paris serves as an international platform and showcase of what menswear has to offer.

Nov 2014       
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This is what six passengers on the Moroccan boat during the Canal Parade wrote. They thus react to the negative response that the boat aroused in the Moroccan community in The Netherlands, and the lack of support for the Moroccan boat from Moroccan organizations.

Oct 2014       
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For the first time ever, gays will be allowed to participate in the traditional parade on St. Patrick's Day in New York as a separate group. The ban on the participation of gays had become a divisive political element in the American city .

Oct 2014       
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The Italian fashion industry is one of the most important industrial sectors in Italy. Worldwide, it is also a large player, particularly in the high-end and luxury segment. In 2011, the total turnover of the Italian fashion industry was approximately 63.5 billion euro, especially because of growth in foreign markets like America and Asia.

Sep 2014       
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Portuguese soccer player Christiano Ronaldo introduced his own underwear line in cooperation with the Danish textile group JBS: CR7 by Christiano Ronaldo. For this celebrated sports star, it is the very first step into fashion design.

Aug 2014       
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The German fashion label New Yorker is on its way to become one of Europe’s biggest. At the moment, it has more than a thousand shops in thirty-nine countries worldwide.

Jul 2014       
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The street & sportswear label Timezone stands for products that combine a natural lifestyle with ground breaking design and complete authenticity. Instead of dressing up, Timezone dresses, and emphasizes the wearer’s own style and uniqueness.

May 2014       
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The government has decided to set up a state committee for parenthood re-evaluation to deal with legal issues concerning parenthood, co-parenting, multiple parents and surrogacy. This State Committee has been set up partly because of COC's plea for better legal protection of families with multiple parents.

Apr 2014       
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The Bible Belt is an umbrella term for those areas in The Netherlands where orthodox-Christians, or the pietistic reformed (also called “refo’s”), represent a significant part of the population. Like a ribbon, the Bible Belt extends from the Zeeland islands via the central rivers and the Veluwe to places such as Staphorst, Rijssen, and Urk. Refo’s belong to reformed denominations such as the Gereformeerde Gemeente, the Hersteld Hervormde Kerk and the Gereformeerde Bond in de Hervormde Kerk.

Apr 2014       
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Because of their timeless character and French knowhow, luxury goods that are “made in France” are well-known for quality. Products from famous French brands depend on their historical legacy and prestige, and are synonymous with quality. According to Bernard Arnault (CEO of L.V.M.H.), “a brand should be build up slowly and with a lot of patience.”

Apr 2014       
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The city of Milan and the Italian fashion industry want to become leading in the international world of fashion again. They want to be able to compete with other fashion capitals, such as Paris, New York and London. For this, six proposals were written, including proposals for the development of more resources for creativity, for investments in the city itself, and tax incentives. With the slogan “Enjoy Milan,” the image and quality of life in the city needs to be improved, notwithstanding the international fashion events.

Apr 2014       
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Why are men with beards hot, and where does this fascination come from? Are men with beards more attractive and trustworthy, and do they command respect? Is the beard in all its different shapes a form of expression and creativity, or is it a kind of rebellion?

Mar 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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On January 14, Get a Room, a monthly event in Utrecht and Amsterdam, organizes a film and discussion night about cruising. Cruising seems inevitably connected to gay sexual culture. Men go out and cruise other men to have casual sex and quite often lots of it. It’s anonymous, it’s easy, it’s hot and always available, what more do you need?

Jan 2014       
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Senior homosexuals and lesbians: it is a group that wasn’t very visible for a long time. Gay emancipation was not their thing. They saw it happening, but often did not feel comfortable with it. The advocates of emancipation were a lot younger and more direct and confrontational than they were. A lot has changed in just a few years. In 2006, some organizations (COC Netherlands, the Netherlands center for social development Movisie, the seniors association ANBO, and the disbanded gay health organization Schorer) decided to do something for this “forgotten group” of homosexual seniors.

Dec 2013       
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