LGBT archive looking for memories

LGBT archive looking for memories

The LGBT Archive IHLIA is looking for your help. For a new project they are looking for your od memorabilia of gay and lesbian bars and nightclubs. Think of old matchboxes, beer mats, lighters, buttons, t-shirts or condom wraps. All those items with the logo of a bar, that they use as marketing gimmicks. IHLIA is looking for these items from bars and clubs from the past and from the present. Clean your closet and…

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Willem Arondéus A gay World War II hero

If anyone in this list is to be called a hero, it is Willem Arondéus (Wikipedia). In 1943, he took part in one of the most spectacular attacks against the German (Nazi) occupiers. Together with some other resistance fighters, Willem plotted a bomb attack on the Amsterdam Register of Births. This official register listed all Amsterdammers, including information about their religion. This made it easy for the authorities to find out where Jews lived, so…

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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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Risk of explosion! Gays in the resistance during World War Two

Risk of explosion! Gays in the resistance during World War Two

Gay and Lesbian people played a leading role in one of the most famous acts of resistance during the Second World War in Amsterdam. This spectacular operation took place in 1943: an attack on the Registry Office. Wim Arondeus and Frieda Belifante were a gay man and lesbian woman, who had a leading role in this operation. Sjoerd Bakker was a gay man who assisted the group with making fake police uniforms. The Dutch Resistance Museum…

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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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