Amsterdam shocked by three attacks on gay men this month Police seemed to be hesitant to call it anti-gay violence

Amsterdam shocked by three attacks on gay men this month Police seemed to be hesitant to call it anti-gay violence

Amsterdam didn’t get off on a good start in 2018 with three different attacks on gay men. All three attacks happened in different parts of the city and seem not to be directly related. Each of the attacks have their own harrowing story, but on of them spurred the Black LGTBQI community into a action. On Sunday, January 28th, a ‘March of Love‘ will be held to celebrate the right to be yourself. Attack on…

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XXX Queer Bar Dancing – La Grand Finale Queer party stops at present location

XXX Queer Bar Dancing – La Grand Finale Queer party stops at present location

XXX Queer Bar Dancing is the latest party concept of the people behind Utrasexi. They opened in October at an old strip club in the Jonge Roelensteeg. Every Wednesday they organized a queer dancing party with Homo eclectic sounds and beats, adult entertainment, extravagant performances, bubbles for everyone, scandalous behaviour and reckless abandon.  The owner of the building however has different plans with the building. So by the end of January XXX Queer Bar dancing has to look…

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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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YOLO a new gay club in Amsterdam 'You Only Live Once'

YOLO a new gay club in Amsterdam 'You Only Live Once'

YOLO, a new nightclub for gay men is opening up in Amsterdam. YOLO or ‘You Only Live Once’ is opening at the spot where a couple of years ago used to be the lesbian night club You-II. And now you can expect a ‘gay, open-minded’ night club from the 29th December onwards. YOLO for the grown up gay men and their friends The man behind this new enterprise is Valy Pintiuc. He is a well-known…

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Burlesque open as of December 1st A delight for many senses

Burlesque open as of December 1st A delight for many senses

Burlesque, a new addition to the gay scene in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, has opened as of December 1st. Burlesque is a new restaurant that combines food and entertainment. The owners have worked long and hard on building up the restaurant. The opening was planned for mid November, but some last minute building work forced them to postpone this premiere. But luckily the work progressed quickly and Burlesque opened just before the holiday season. Burlesque the concept…

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Two women attacked by men when they kissed each other

Two women attacked by men when they kissed each other

Ealier this week, two women were physically attacked by a group of men. It has all the hallmarks of a anti-lesbian attack. The two women were visiting Amsterdam, because of the IDFA festival, kissed each other on the street when the (young) men attacked them. One of the women, documentary maker Denise Kelm Soares, was showing her film “I Am” at the IDFA. The other one is Iso Luengo, who showed her movie “Interior City“….

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