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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Going really local with the locals with LGBTQI networks Meeting LGBQTI people in the 'hood

Going really local with the locals with LGBTQI networks Meeting LGBQTI people in the 'hood

The traditional view of LGBTQI scene is that of bars, clubs, parties and events. Since the mid nineties the digital scene has been added to that, with dating apps, chatrooms and other online hookup methods. But in Amsterdam there is also since about 10 years another LGBTQI scene. It is organized by locals for locals. And local is really locally in this case: the new scene is often organized on neighborhood level. It is almost…

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City Card: a new all in one card with a lot on offer One stop shopping for public transport, museums and a lot more

City Card: a new all in one card with a lot on offer One stop shopping for public transport, museums and a lot more

The Amsterdam Tourist Office offers an new almost all-in-one card for visitors of Amsterdam. The so-called City Card offers you a combination of free entry to a host of museums, free public transport within Amsterdam and discounts in restaurants, theaters and the like. Seems like a great deal! The things you get with the City Card Free entry to Amsterdam’s best museums and attractions A canal cruise for free: a beautiful way to see the…

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Increasing violence against Gay and Lesbians in Amsterdam

Increasing violence against Gay and Lesbians in Amsterdam

In 2011 a total of 564 gay and lesbian related incidents were officially reported to the Amsterdam police. Incidents are related to physical or verbal violence. In 2012 this number increased towards 620. The final number for 2013 is not yet known. An analysis shows that most offenders are between 15 and 25 years. Most incidents happen in the city centre and in areas with gay and lesbian bars. In case you are the victim…

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Interview Sauna Nieuwezijds – ‘Nothing special, just the best of all gay baths I visited’

Interview Sauna Nieuwezijds – ‘Nothing special, just the best of all gay baths I visited’

(NOTE: the opening weekend of Sauna Nieuwezijds has been postponed to Friday December 6, at noon.) Amsterdam is expecting a major new player in the gay scene: Sauna Nieuwezijds (NZ) has announced its arrival in the heart of Amsterdam, due to open the end of November. This made us curious about who is behind this: so we met with Elard Diekman. How did you get the idea to create a new gay sauna? E.D: I…

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