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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Shops as a rainbow of diamonds in the 9 little streets

Shops as a rainbow of diamonds in the 9 little streets

In the old city centre, just south  of the iconic Westerkerk, is the popular area of the 9 little streets (in Dutch Negen Straatjes). It used to be an area full of surprising, quirky, local shops. Often artisanal, sometimes artistic and always full of surprises. Nowadays big clothing brands are taking over the area. Luckily some of the old diamonds of the old days survive. We visited some of those diamonds with a LGBTQ interest or…

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Fetish gear in Amsterdam getting your outfit for a pleasurable night The black pearls of the Amsterdam fetish scene

Fetish gear in Amsterdam getting your outfit for a pleasurable night The black pearls of the Amsterdam fetish scene

When you are looking to fulfill your fetish dreams with the right outfit, you have a lot of shops in Amsterdam to choose from. Internationally renowned are of course Mr.B and RoB, two long established fetish stores that grew out of the leather scene and held a near monopoly together. But there is more to shop for in Amsterdam to get your fetish gear. Now you can choose from 5 fetish shops in Amsterdam, each with…

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Chop Chop – shop shop! Save bookstore Vrolijk!

Chop Chop – shop shop! Save bookstore Vrolijk!

Today a ‘warning message’ arrived in the Amsterdam headlines: the existence of Amsterdam’s only gay/lesbian bookstore, Vrolijk, is no longer to be taken for granted. Almost 4 years ago we went there to interview the store about its interior renovation and general update, on the occasion of its 30th birthday. You can read the interview here. Back then, a new investor, Mr Leendert Rietveld, decided to put money into the store, to give it a new…

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Aids monument inaugurated on World Aids Day

Aids monument inaugurated on World Aids Day

The Aids monument in Amsterdam was unveiled on Worlds Aids day. The monument is a giant abacus counting down till Aids has left the world. First the mayor of Amsterdam and the director of the Dutch national Aids Foundation unveiled the monument. They put the giant beads of the monument on 2030. That is the year in which the world can be free of Aids. At the end of World Aids day a first ceremony at the new Aids…

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New AIDS Monument to be unveiled in Amsterdam on December 1

New AIDS Monument to be unveiled in Amsterdam on December 1

After a funding campaign that took a little longer than hoped for, the Aids Monument can at last be unveiled – on December 1 (2016). The text on the Monument website couldn’t phrase it better: “A symbol of solidarity and a beacon of hope for everyone living with HIV today. A tribute to the buddies, carers, support workers, medical staff, activists and scientists who have given their all. And a memorial to the many loved…

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Europride 2016 religious celebrations

Europride 2016 religious celebrations

Europride 2016 has a several religious celebrations in store for you. Below are a few that we’d like to mention. 1. Opening celebration in Vondelpark Europride opens with an open-air public celebration. There will be music, speeches and audience participation. The service is in the Open Air theatre in the Vondelpark. Date: July 23 Time: 11-12am Location: Vondelpark, Open Air Theatre Map: http://osm.org/go/0E4~PYtf4–?m= Web: http://pride.amsterdam/events/rainbow-celebration-free-finally/ 2. Pink Shabbat All religions and sexual identities are welcome in the old (18th…

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