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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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Rotterdam Pride - Port of Love

Rotterdam Pride will exuberantly celebrating its fifth anniversary from September 27-30 with a diverse, innovative and creative program for everyone!

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Rotterdam Summer Carnaval

Last July Rotterdam was celebreting the yearly Summer Carnaval.

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First Miss Drag Queen Limburg Contest

Earlier this year the first Miss Drag Queen Limburg election ever took place in Maastricht. In the bar of COC Limburg, Café Rosé, a very diverse audience enjoyed the performances by participating drag queens.

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Welcome Back Amistad Hotel

As one of the last remaining gay (friendly) hotels in Amsterdam for the entire GLBT community and friends, the Amistad Hotel was getting on. It was high time for a facelift, and that is exactly what happened. After a nine-month renovation period, the Amistad Hotel reopened its doors for its first guests just before the Pride.

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Kerkstraat Stage of Second Streetheart Festival

Streetheart, the quirky new GLBTQI festival on the Kerkstaat, returns for its second edition on the second Saturday of September.

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Amsterdam Pride 2018: Foto report Dam Square

The Open Air stage with amongst other the Closing Party was at one of the most iconic places in town.

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Amsterdam Pride 2018: Foto report

Beautifull weather for a sunny Canal Parade, what more can you wish for!

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Ten years Club ChUrch: Three Men and a Sex Club

This year, Club Church celebrates its tenth anniversary. Wim Peeks, Elard Diekman, and Richard Keldoulis are the three men behind the success of this popular cruise club. Gay News met with them.

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Pink Saturday 2020 in Leeuwarden

In Gouda, where Roze Zaterdag (Pink Saturday) is held this year, it was announced that Leeuwarden will host the 2020 event. It is a first for the Province of Friesland.

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Amsterdam’s Iconic Mister B Store Changes Location

After being a significant part of the leather history in the Warmoesstraat for nearly twenty-five years, Mister B thinks it’s time for a change. The Mister B flagship store is moving to a new location: Prinsengracht 192, right by the Homomonument and the Westerkerk.

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Out & About: The Netherlands - Land of Festivals!

Each month, Jurandy Lucas (creative producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. The summer season has started, and that means festivals! This month we went to the Liberation Party at the Amsterdam Homomonument and Utrecht’s “Eurovision Alley.”

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Zeedijk Pride, Amsterdam Pride at Zeedijk!

Again this year for Pride Amsterdam, a fantastic party will be organized on the Zeedijk! In collaboration with Café Skek, Café Verhoeff, de Barderij, ’t Mandje and Little Thai Prince, Café The Queen’s Head presents a street party on Friday night, August 3, from 6 p.m. onwards, and on Saturday, August 4, from 4 p.m. to late.

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SeniorPride Concert 2018 - Sing the Praise of your Hero!

Do you have a hero? It doesn’t need to be a great or famous hero, but perhaps someone who was or is important to you? Then come to the SeniorPride Concert 2018 on Thursday, August 2 at the Nieuwmarkt in Amsterdam. This annual festival for senior GLBT’S, neighbours and interested parties presents “Life’s Concert” in honour of an assertive generation.

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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Jennifer Hopelezz

As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Jennifer Hopelezz.

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COC’s Shakespeare Club 2018: Sharing Stories, Exploring Identity

The third edition of COC’s Shakespeare Club will take place in the courtyard of the Amsterdam Museum, Sint Luciensteeg 27, from July 28 to August 5.

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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Vanny Reyes

As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Vanny Reyes, co-ordinator Empowerment at COC.

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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Serdar Manavoglu

As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Serdar Manavoglu, from Pink Istanbul.

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The Spijker Bar, Serving the Gay Community Since 1978

It is summer, and many are away on holiday. In the background, however, many a team, company or organization is working on the many parties, festivals and other events of Pride Amsterdam 2018, as well as the spectacular boat parade on the Prinsengracht. We went to have a chat with the Spijker Bar team, the Spijker Bar being the only gay bar with a boat during Pride.

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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Mieke Martelhoff

As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Mieke Martelhoff.

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Amsterdam Pride Walk: Marching for Those Who Cannot Join Us

On Saturday, July 28th, the Pride Walk will again depart from the Homomonument. The Pride Walk draws attention to the situation of GLBTI people in other countries, specifically in those countries in which homosexuality is still in the Penal Code. Furthermore, the Pride Walk is a showcase of the GLBTI community in the Netherlands.

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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Jackson

As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Jackson from Trans United.

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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Jip van Leeuwen

As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Jip van Leeuwen, Former Sports Director.

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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Francis van Broekhuizen

As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Opera Singer Francis van Broekhuizen.

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The Ambassadors for Amsterdam Pride 2018: Loena Maas

As every year, Amsterdam Pride is extremely proud of their ambassadors. This year's theme could not have suited them better, as each and every one of them have given their all for the LGBTI community. Author Paul Hofman interviewed them for the Amsterdam Pride organisation, and Noah Valentyn shot beautiful portraits of the Pride ambassadors.

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Amsterdam Introduces Positive Flame Tour

From July 23 to 27, AIDS 2018 will be organized in Amsterdam, the largest global conference on HIV. Some eighteen thousand doctors, researchers and people with HIV from all over the world are then in the Netherlands to share the latest knowledge as well as their experiences.

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Towards ZERO Together - Protest March on the Occasion of the Intenat. AIDS Conf.

During the international Amsterdam AIDS conference, AIDS 2018, thousands of people will demonstrate in solidarity on July 23 to join forces in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Why organize a march? This demonstration is intended to make people aware that AIDS is still a major concern for humanity and a threat to many vulnerable populations in the world.

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’t Bölke Open Air 2018

Club ’t Bölke kicks off the Grolsch Summer Sounds for the twelfth time on Thursday, July 19th. 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.

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Bianca del Rio and Diva Mayday, Best Friends Forever

Diva Mayday, how did you two become friends? “I first met Bianca in Club NYX while she was performing there, and where I interviewed her for gay broadcasting channel MVS. It was an hysterical evening and it turned out that not only did we have the same friends, but we also shared the same wicked sense of humor.

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Roller Skating Towards Pink Saturday in Gouda

2018 is Gouda’s Pink Year. Especially for this occasion, the Gouda interest group “Gouda Roze” will organize various events.

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Damage Goes International!

One of the biggest fetish parties of the Netherlands has undergone a growth spurt with a stroke of wanderlust, as the following Damage party will cross country borders and be held in Antwerp.

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Out & About: Long Live The King! Hooray

Each month, Jurandy Lucas (creative producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. This month, we visited various street parties in Amsterdam for King’s Day.

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Backdoor to Open Summer Season With DJ Hector Fonseca at Melkweg

Time flies. It seems like only yesterday the indoor dance event Backdoor was organized for the first time, but Backdoor has been around for an amazing three years! Rumour has it that there is a new gay hotspot now!

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Out & About: Gender Kings and Gender Queens

Each month, Jurandy Lucas (creative producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report on GLBTQ+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. This month, they highlight the We Are the Future party, the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of The Queen’s Head, and the opening of Taboo Kantine.

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Suitsupply’s Controversial Campaign With Two Kissing Men

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the new spring/summer campaign of the Dutch suit brand Suitsupply. Male models in all kinds of intimate poses, even kissing each other. With the matching motto: “Find your perfect fit.” Given the homoerotic appearance of the photographs, this phrase can be interpreted in different ways.

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A Drag Queen Can Be Just Friendly

“I made them myself,” says Sander modestly when I compliment him on the beautiful paintings on the wall at his home, asking who the artist is. Surprised, I look at him. I visit Sander, because he has a very special hobby. However, I was unaware that he was also a painter, and not without merit.

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Gay Slow Dating in Cultural Capital Leeuwarden and Surrounding Area

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.

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Amsterdam Sportswear Weekend

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

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Out & About: Scandal, Deadly Fake Nails, and a Mister Honey Bear

Each month, Jurandy Lucas (Creative Producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. This month, we visited Scandal Ibiza at Club Yolo, TraffaMafia at Club NYX, and the Mr. Bear Netherlands 2018 election at Club Panama. We will also inform you of our next Backdoor party in the Melkweg.

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Twentieth Anniversary Café the Queen’s Head

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.

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New Amsterdam Gay Map Out Now!

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.

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Brussels Hosts Its Twenty-Third Pride Festival in May!

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.

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Out & About: Happy Faces, and Party-Goers Enjoying A Good Night Out

Jurandy Lucas (Creative Producer of Backdoor Amsterdam) and Dave Koster (photographer) report monthly on GLBTQIA+ events in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the country. This month, Backdoor’s third Anniversary Fest and ten years Bear Necessity.

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