Poz Paradise – a review

Poz Paradise – a review

Poz Paradise is a new, Dutch play created by Daniel Cohen with support of the Dutch HIV Association. It tells the story of people living with hiv in modern times. The writer explained, that this play is a reaction towards well-known plays like Normal Heart and Angels in America. These plays focus on the crisis of the early Aids epidemic in the 1980’s. Poz Paradise shows the lives of long-term survivors of people with hiv….

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Lightning the Positive Flame at the Power of Love

Lightning the Positive Flame at the Power of Love

During AIDS2018 a new tradition started with the lightning of the Positive Flame at the event Power of Love. Power of Love is a yearly event within the Dutch hiv community to share the latest news about research, treatment and activism. With the World AIDS conference in Amsterdam this week, it had a front row seat for the latest news. To mark this special occasion the organisers wanted to start a new tradition. Postive Flame…

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Janherman Veenker inspired, dedicated and visionary

Janherman Veenker inspired, dedicated and visionary

Janherman Veenker (1950-2005) had a long career as a gay rights and AIDS activist. In 1967 at the age of 17 he became involved with his local gay community (COC). Legally seen this was forbidden since Dutch law had an article known as clause 248Bis, limiting the rights of young gay and lesbian people. The article was similar to clause 28 in the UK. Janherman joined the fight against clause 248Bis. It would take until…

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Floris Michiels van Kessenich

Floris Michiels van Kessenich

When you look at the short life of Floris Michiels van Kessenich (1957 – 1991) you may wonder how he was able to do all the things he did in such a short time. He was a fighter for gay rights, who had to overcome a privileged back ground to be able to love who he wanted to love. When he was hit by Aids, he kept on fighting until the disease with the little…

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Aids 2018 – World Conference events in the city More than just debates

Aids 2018 – World Conference events in the city More than just debates

The World Aids conference is one of the biggest events for health professionals, volunteers and patients. Under the name AIDS 2018 it will be held on 23-28 July 2018 in Amsterdam. The registration period for the conference is closed, the papers have been submitted and the speeches are being prepared (see the conference website for more details). But an event like this is more than just a scientific, professional conference. Throughout the city lots of…

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