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 Interview with Robin Pennings

For the love of leather and the art of making clothes with it Interview with Robin Pennings

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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Bookstore Vrolijk 30 years old – an early midlife crisis

Bookstore Vrolijk 30 years old – an early midlife crisis

Bookstore Vrolijk celebrates its 30th anniversary, amidst economic pressures that burden all bookstores, not only Vrolijk. Below is an interview with Vrolijk, to update you on the latest (and important information about the famous German gay publisher Bruno Gmünder). (EDITOR’s NOTE: the interview has been conducted in Dutch, then translated into English – with a free hand.) First, some history Bookstore Vrolijk (the name ‘Vrolijk’ is Dutch for ‘merry’, ‘gay’ in the old sense of…

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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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