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Mayday, Thirty Years Diva

With Diva Mayday, I’m sitting in an outdoor café in her neighborhood as we would meet for an interview. We have known each other for a long time now.

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Miss Leather Holland 2019

The law of attraction states that similar energies are drawn together. The outside world is a reflection of yourself, because you attract everything you experience. I'm speaking to Suzanne on the phone. She has decided to run for Miss Leather Netherlands.

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Damage Amsterdam on August 24

After editions in Antwerp, Frankfurt and Paris, Damage party is back in Amsterdam, on August 24 at Club JACK at the Hogehilweg 20. This GLBT+ club has an underground Berlin vibe, and is easy to reach by metro, bus and train.

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IDAHOTIQZ, an Evening of Variety Theatre

People regularly tell me that Amsterdam is no longer what it once was. In the past, there were shows in cafés and discos they tell me. Of course, everything is temporary and yes, half of these former gay establishments are gone, but a lot is still happening, and unforgettable evenings can still be had. IDAHOTIQZ was such an evening, but let me start at the beginning.

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Thirty Soon, and Hot and Top!

For so many years this international party has been drawing lots of gays from everywhere and anywhere. La Demence attracts people from all ages and styles, which brings an amazing mix of people together!

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Drag on the Zeedijk

Drag is more mainstream than ever, and it’s impossible to imagine the scene without it. The Zeedijk has a special history with drag, as Amsterdam’s most pleasant street was already the scene of the annual “Hartjesdagen” even before the war. Cross-dressing played a major part in this.

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Pride Concert at Nieuwmarkt

SeniorPride presents “Naar vriendschap zulk een mateloos verlangen” (Such an immense longing for friendship), a concert in which troubadours will perform new songs in Dutch. As each generation is looking for friendship, love, intimacy, affection and community, the SeniorPride Concert 2019 strives to reflect this community in order to experience and celebrate friendship.

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CRASH Amsterdam, Second Edition, August 2 & 3 at Beursplein

After the success of last year’s edition, the organizers of CRASH Amsterdam have decided to do it all over again for Pride Amsterdam 2019.

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COC’s Shakespeare Club 2019

From July 27 to August 4, the fourth edition of COC’s Shakespeare Club will take place in the historic courtyard of the Amsterdam Museum.

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The Gay Street is Back: Blend!

The Reguliersdwarsstraat used to be the gay street in Amsterdam. At a certain point, more and more “straight hospitality” took over, when, after the once legendary Havana, the April also closed its doors.

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Show Your Pride and Walk!

Amsterdam will celebrate Pride from July 27 to August 4. For nine consecutive days, rainbow flags will wave over our city, and more than three hundred activities will be organized. The first Pride days mainly focus on substantive matters. Then there are workshops, congresses, conferences, artistic activities, and of course the Canal Parade. This year again, the Pride Walk marks the start of Pride Amsterdam.

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The Most Stylish Electric Bike

Not only is the electric bike more and more widely accepted, it’s also becoming more and more a style object. More stylish than the Bella Citta is hardly imaginable. Ride in style!

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Bölke Open Air

On Thursday, July 18, 2019 the city of Enschede will once more be the stage for the annual “Bölke Open Air.” For this thirteenth edition party center ’t Bölke has again put together a spectacular program with performances by The Dutch Cher, Trinxx “men dancing on high heels,” and Sparklezzz.

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Amsterdam Spooky Experience

Hidden stories about the city’s darkest houses now reveal spine-tingling mysteries and sinister secrets. Bloodthirst and goosebumps, dicover an Amsterdam too disturbing for daylight in this mystery experience.

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Dutchman Wins the International Mister Bootblack Competition!

To award the title of International Mister Bootblack, this competition has been around for twenty-seven years, with twenty-six consecutive winners from America or Canada. Kriszly is sitting in front of me, with a radiant smile on his face. He is the first European to earn the title International Mister Bootblack.

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ME.LAND, Shoes for the Man of Today

ME.LAND is the shoe label for men by French designer Frédéric Robert. Robert has gained experience at prestigious French fashion houses such as Lanvin, Dior, Kenzo and Hermès. But in the end, it was his dream to launch his own collection. That is how ME.LAND was created.

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A Fantastic Pride in Colognes PhantasiaLand

For the sixteenth time, Germany’s popular theme park Phantasialand hosts the “Fantasypride,” an annual event for GLBT* and friends. Visitors can not only enjoy Phantasialand’s thrilling and unique rides and shows, but also a host of additional highlights.

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The new Mister B URBAN Underwear Collection, out now!

Mister B introduced its URBAN brand four years ago with an assortment of different styles of sexy underwear, streetwear and swimwear. This new collection is a “color code” take on the original URBAN underwear, and with a new and improved fit.

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‘Drunk with Happiness’

Around 10 p.m. on the evening before King’s Day I arrive at Amsterdam Central Station. The station is quiet, but when I walk outside the station, it is busy, but not that busy. I wander in the direction of Westerstraat, to me the heart of the Jordaan district. Some friends are having a beer in front of a second-hand store. Two hours later, we are getting the party started.

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Karl Lagerfeld, the Man Behind the Designer

In the transitory world of fashion, some designers seem to be immortal, and Karl Lagerfeld was one of them. Or rather: “Kaiser Karl,” as he was respectfully called by many, referring to this impressive and long track record in various well-known fashion houses, such as Chanel, Fendi, Mariana, and Pierre Balmain. But a fashion genius like Karl Lagerfeld is ultimately just a man of flesh and blood.

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Amsterdam Sportswear Weekend 2019

During Pentecost the second edition of the new international Amsterdam Sportswear Weekend will take place. This weekend shows how we do it in Amsterdam! We embrace diversity and sex(uality)! The kick-off is Thursday, June 6 and the event continues until Sunday, June 9.

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Fifty Shades of Rainbow...

Some look down on the fetish scene, but in this day and age, it is important that people can show their true feelings. Sitting next to me at The Web Bar is Raymond Timmer, now a well-known name in the gay community and not just in Amsterdam.

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First Dutch Rubber Men weekend in Amsterdam in Ascension Day weekend

This extended weekend will be full of events, from a fetish pub quiz and fund-raiser at Prik to the Mr Rubber Netherlands election. The Rubber Men weekend is organised by a group of 9 volunteers from both the Mr Rubber Netherlands foundation and the Dutch Rubber Men Club.

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Ten Years of Alkmaar Pride: ‘Celebrate Pride!’

2019 is a jubilee year: ten years of Alkmaar Pride. And that it’s still necessary to actively spead the message that one is proud of who one is and can love who one wants became extremely clear after the recent, and appropriate, fuss about the Nashville Statement.

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Brussels Pride, Gay-Friendly Capital of Europe

For several years, has been making it a point of honor to promote Brussels as the gay-friendly capital of 500 million Europeans. Today, courtesy of its humanistic culture and modern legislation, Brussels stands out even more in the European landscape.

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Seventienth Edition of the Eurovision SongTravestival

The Eurovision Song Contest is around the corner. Will the Netherlands finally win with Duncan after forty-four years’ time? We will only know on the 25th of May, no matter what the bookmakers say.

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Choosing in Freedom: 32rd Commemoration Ceremony at the Homomonument

It’s May 4 once again (the day on which the Dutch commemorate their war dead). People come together around the three pink granite triangles that form the Homomonument behind the Westerkerk in Amsterdam, where at 8.00 p.m. a two-minute silence will descend around the Gay Monument.

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New issue Amsterdam Gay Map Out Now

Before the flood of 2019 tourists will wash over Amsterdam, the new up-to-date issue of the yearly Amsterdam Gay Map has been distributed and is available all over the city.

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Don’t Feed the Drag Queens

Entertainment from the Bottom of the Heart. On the second and third of May the Amsterdam drag queen Miss Donna-Ray Jones will present a completely new show at Restaurant Adam & Siam. Under the all-embracing title “Don’t Feed the Drag Queens” the diva presents a finger-licking fabulous performance.

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Theatre Music Concert Forbidden Music

The Central Station opens its doors to the Royal Waiting room and the 1st class Waiting Room for a very special Theatre and Music Concert on May 4 and 5.

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Although the name suggests otherwise, Undertøj was founded in Amsterdam. The brand’s simple starting point was to create beautiful boxer shorts for men, without in-your-face logos and colors, in other words: “less is more.”

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Celebrating the King’s Birthday on the Zeedijk

Amsterdam will be celebrating King’s Day and Night again on April 26-27. Also, on the Zeedijk it will be one big party again, led by Amsterdam’s most cosy bingo queen Coby van Dam from café The Queen’s Head. This year, Coby has invited a colorful group of friends and girlfriends to sing and perform. Let’s quickly introduce them.

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The Tea Dance is Back!

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.

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Pink Party to Celebrate Fortieth Anniversary with XL Edition

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.

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COC Award for Kevin Jennings and Hans Verhoeven

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.

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Amsterdam Bear Weekend: Calling all Bears!

This year, the traditional Amsterdam Bear Weekend (ABW) will take place March 21-25. As in previous years, it promises to be a relaxed event full of togetherness, conviviality and a touch of horniness. Events in The Web, Prik and the Bear-Ball in Panama will guarantee an unforgettable weekend.

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From Fetish to Party: Mister B Celebrates Twenty-Fifth Anniversary!

The most famous leather and fetish shop in the world is celebrating its anniversary with a party at Club Church in Amsterdam. On March the second, Mister B will be twenty-five years young! We spoke to brand and event manager Tony de Wilde about this anniversary year and to look back at the history of this iconic brand.

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Transgenders mostly do not regret decision

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

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Difficulties for LGBT Students in Dutch Secondary Schools

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.

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An Interview With Amsterdam's very own Gay Granny

‘Gay Bars Are the Most Fun, Gay People Talk to Everyone’. Every Tuesday, a hysterical drag bingo is held at The Queen’s Head, and every week, she is there with her bingo tickets. Eighty-one-year-old Tini van Amerongen is Amsterdam’s biggest and oldest drag bingo fan.

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The Rozenkoor is Looking for Bass Singers, Tenors and a Conductor

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.

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Bear Pride, A Weekend to Look Forward To...

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.

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COC Amsterdam returns to Rozenstraat

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.

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Honorary Degree for Activist Peter Tatchell

Last year, the British activist Peter Tatchell received an honorary degree from Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland. In the early 1970s, Tatchell was one of the driving forces behind the British branch of the Gay Liberation Front, a militant action group that sprang to life in the wake of the Stonewall-riots in the United States.

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Stigmatization and Identity: Visiting West-Friesland’s Pink Week

A message from my sister. “Hey Wil, can you give a presentation in Enkhuizen? Please contact Lia Brouwer, she works for West-Friesland Libraries.” Sometime later, I speak to Lia on the phone and hear what they would like me to do if I’m interested in giving a presentation during the Pink Week West-Friesland. “We would like to have you represent the GLBT community as a gay author.”

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Happy Mondays: Getto Opens Seven Days a Week

You’re a tourist trudging around in the rain looking for that elusive Monday night sparkle. You scored at the weekend and don’t want it to end. Or you just love cocktails – whatever day it is. Well, you’re in luck.

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From Chicks With Dicks to Transvestism Cabaret: Twenty-Five Years of Drag Entert

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!

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Liquid Kiddy: The New Party Sensation in Amsterdam

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.

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Club YOLO Is Shaking Things Up in Amsterdam!

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.

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Regular Opening Day for Maastricht’s Café Rosé

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.

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Mister B Is Looking For You!

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?

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Dutch Youth Happy, but Condom Use Down

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.

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Mister Leather Netherlands 2019 Contest

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

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La Demence 29th Anniversary Weekend: October 26-28, 2018

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.

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Gay Emancipation and Moslim: Be Yourself!

Mr Bear Netherlands 2018, Kenan Sakalli (40), is a special one, as he is also Muslim. His coming out resulted in a family quarrel, after which he received death threats. But he did not let himself be pushed back into the closet and enthusiastically devoted himself to his duties as Mr. Bear. He occasionally speaks at Secret Garden. His motto: being gay means being true to yourself.

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Swim and beachwear by Fighetti & Sanwin

Although you might not think so from the name, Fighetti is a genuine Dutch brand name. The men behind this brand of swimwear were inspired by the azure blue Amalfi Coast just south of Naples.

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