Annemarie Grewel

Annemarie Grewel

Annemarie Grewel (1935 – 1998) was one of the first, visible lesbian politicians in the Netherlands. She was known for her non-conformist style. She was member of the Amsterdam city council and later she became a senator for the Dutch labour party. We remember her from a committee meeting she chaired at city hall. It was a long afternoon with a range of not very exciting topics. She seemed not too interested, but typically Annemarie…

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Mikel Haman (1963-2018) At the forefront of the Caribbean LGBTQI liberation

Mikel Haman (1963-2018) At the forefront of the Caribbean LGBTQI liberation

On one of the first days of 2018 Mikel Haman died at the age of 54 after a short illness. Mikel was an important member of the LGBTQI and Surinam-Caribbean community in Amsterdam. A flamboyant man, he normally was a friendly and diplomatic activist within the Surinam-Caribbean community for LGBTQI rights. But when he got angry, he could be a loud and outspoken campaigner against malpractice and injustice. Mikel Haman was born in Surinam in South…

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In memoriam: Heleen van Meurs Heleen van Meurs, feminist, actress, MD, director, dies at 87

In memoriam: Heleen van Meurs Heleen van Meurs, feminist, actress, MD, director, dies at 87

“Why?” was usually the first reaction of Heleen van Meurs when she heard something of which she wanted to know more or which she did not trust. Always curious she took nothing for granted. That is how she became a lawyer, feminist, actress, director, car mechanic and MD. She was an inspiration for many and played her role in the women’s/lesbian movement. Heleen was full of wisdom and humor: a unique person. Born in 1930 she…

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Aids researcher Joep Lange dies in plane crash

Aids researcher Joep Lange dies in plane crash

On Thursday July 17 2014, professor Joep Lange, Aids pioneer from Amsterdam, died in a fatal plane crash over Ukrain on his way to the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne. He was a young doctor at the Amsterdam Medical Center in 1983 when Aids hit the gay community. Together with Sven Danner among others he set to work. Contrary to the USA they did this unbiased towards the groups that were hit hardest: gay/bisexual…

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