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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Putting sex back into homosexuality at the Mosse lecture Gert Hekma keeps on rebelling against heteronormative culture

Putting sex back into homosexuality at the Mosse lecture Gert Hekma keeps on rebelling against heteronormative culture

Gert Hekma gave this years’ Mosse lecture at the public library in Amsterdam and organized by the George Mosse Foundation. Every year the foundation asks a notable person to give a lecture on LGBTQI issues. Gert Hekma is a popular and well-known lecturer gender studies (specialty LGBTI studies) at the University of Amsterdam and former president of the Mosse foundation. After a long career at the university he is going into retirement. So in a year…

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Bridge named after lesbian icon Bet van Beeren

Bridge named after lesbian icon Bet van Beeren

The city of Amsterdam honored Bet van Beeren, an hero for many lesbians, by naming a bridge after her. Bet van Beeren was the legendary owner of bar ‘t Mandje on the Zeedijk from 1927 onwards. She was an outspoken and open lesbian in a time that it took a lot of courage to be open and out. The city named a bridge closeby her old bar after Bet. Bet van Beren a pioneer for…

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Gerritjan Deunk the man behind the design of April, Exit and iT

Gerritjan Deunk the man behind the design of April, Exit and iT

Those were the days! The Reguliersdwarsstraat was the heart of the Amsterdam gay scene with iconic bars like, April, Exit and Havana. And later the famous iT the ultimate place to go. Ah, yes, those days. We do remember them and the gay men that made it happen. Gerritjan Deunk was one of them. Gerritjan was instrumental in all of this. He contributed with profesional design, wonderful magazines and of course great logo’s. Thanks to…

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