Willem Arondéus A gay World War II hero

If anyone in this list is to be called a hero, it is Willem Arondéus (Wikipedia). In 1943, he took part in one of the most spectacular attacks against the German (Nazi) occupiers. Together with some other resistance fighters, Willem plotted a bomb attack on the Amsterdam Register of Births. This official register listed all Amsterdammers, including information about their religion. This made it easy for the authorities to find out where Jews lived, so…

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2,000 People join Aids2018 March An estimated 2,000 people took part in the Aids2018 March through Amsterdam yesterday. Despite the blistering summer sun.

2,000 People join Aids2018 March An estimated 2,000 people took part in the Aids2018 March through Amsterdam yesterday. Despite the blistering summer sun.

Although Amsterdam is experiencing one of its hottest summers in decades, a few thousand people walked the Aids2018 March. The march was the last end of a walking group of Aids activists that walked the whole way from Brussels to Amsterdam. After their arrival at the Amstelveld square in the centre of Amsterdam, they were joined by the Aids2018 March, to walk the last 2 miles from Amstelveld square to the RAI Conference Centre, the…

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Secret Garden: especially for Arabic immigrants

Secret Garden: especially for Arabic immigrants

One of the less well-known organizations in Amsterdam is Secret Garden. Set up in 1998, it has been helping gay men and women from Mediterranean (mainly Arabic) countries, and organizing parties and other events. Time for a small interview! We have talked to Emir Belatoui. He is the founder of Secret Garden and the current manager. Originally he is from Paris, France, with an Algerian background. Since when does Secret Garden exist? It all started…

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Gay movie night @ Pathe de Munt remains successful.

Gay movie night @ Pathe de Munt remains successful.

One of the successful, but less known gay events in Amsterdam is the Gay movie night at Pathe de Munt – a large cinema just off Rembrandtplein square, and very close to the gay bars. The Gay Movie night is every month, on the first Wednesday of the month. The cinema chooses a film with a gay theme. Time for GAYLinc to have a look! On December 6, we went to see the movie Pushing Dead. The…

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PinkPoint of Presence – For gay souvenirs and information

PinkPoint of Presence – For gay souvenirs and information

It’s one of the less well-known gay hotspots in Amsterdam, the gay&lesbian kiosk PinkPoint, located on Westermarkt – right next to the Homomonument, Westerkerk church, with the Anne Frank House around the corner. What is it, since when is it there, what do they do and what can you get here? With the 20th anniversary in sight, it’s time for a little interview. We had a chat with the current owner of the kiosk, Hennie…

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