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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Secret Love, homosexual love in China: A Must See

Secret Love, homosexual love in China: A Must See

Secret Love (Tropenmuseum, Linneausstraat 2 in Amsterdam, closed on Monday) shows 45 works by 10 Chinese artist. It is the world’s first large contemporary art exhibition from China on homosexuality and gender and therefore forms a new chapter in the country’s art history. Secret Love is all about homosexuality, gender, desire and taboo. You’ll see video’s, photo’s and traditional paper cutting; all seem reflecting today’s China. The video showing two couples on Valentine’s day gives some insight in the…

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Grachtenhuis museum

Grachtenhuis museum

For those who fell in love with our city-centre the Grachtenhuis museum is a museum worth visiting.  It is located on one of the most prestigious part of the canals, the building is an example of the richness that the audacious worldtraffic brought Amsterdam in the Golden Century. Inside you find a three-dimensional and multi-media experience of the planning and creation of the canals. This is the scale-model of the building part of the exhibition.

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