Looking for a safe space for women, creating a hub of women’s activism

Looking for a safe space for women, creating a hub of women’s activism

Saarein celebrated in 2018 its’ 40th anniversary. Gaylinc had an interview with Carla Schrama, a pivotal figure in the early years of Saarein. We talked about the years leading up to Saarein, its’ early years and its’ impact on Dutch society and culture.

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Interview Police section Roze in Blauw

Interview Police section Roze in Blauw

Holland is one of the first countries to have a special section for LGBT police men and women. It is called ‘Rozen in Blauw’ (‘Pink in Blue’). LGBT officers can meet there, and LGBT civilians can contact the special section if they so prefer.We talked to Faycal El Ouaret, one of the members of the Roze in Blauw core team. When was Roze in Blauw founded?In October 1999, so nearly 20 years ago. And how…

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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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For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it

For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it

As you stroll through Amsterdam you may come across many gay and leather businesses. But you may also come across areas in the city where a number of gay businesses had once stood. Some of these areas were at one time identified by the sheer collection of gay and lesbian artisans and shop-owners there. One such area in particular is the negen straatjes or ‘9 little streets’. This is an area of small shopping streets…

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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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