Safe havens for gay refugees

Safe havens for gay refugees

Safe havens for gay refugees are being created after Dutch parliament called upon the government to protect LGBTQ and other minority refugees. This follows a wide range of initiatives by local governments, LGBTQ organizations, Refugee organizations and private individuals to help LGBTQ people who are part of the influx of refugees coming into Europe in the last year. Position of LGBTQ people among refugees As a consequence of the violence in countries such as Syria, Afghanistan…

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Europride 2016 – Canal Parade

Europride 2016 – Canal Parade

Europride 2016 is this year in Amsterdam and one of the highlights will be the traditional Canal Parade. On Valentine’s day the line up for the Canal Parade was announced. Some big surprises were announced: the European Commission (the executive branch of the EU) will participate in support of LGBT rights. It’s like the White House participating with an official float in the New York Parade. Sports theme Also Adidas, this year the main sponsor…

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Milkshake Festival 2016 a 2 day event

Milkshake Festival 2016 a 2 day event

Milkshake festival 2016 will be a 2 day event for the first time. The fifth edition of this festival for “boys who love girls who love grills who love boys who love boys…” in the popular Westerpark in Amsterdam will be able to double the fun time, because another festival using the same venue is moving to a different location. Milkshake will be held on July 30 and 31 next year. Back to their roots…

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Gay scene in the Facebook age

Gay scene in the Facebook age

News about the LGBT scene in Amsterdam is the last few years dominated by news about bars and clubs closing down. Sometimes new ones open up, but only a few very well run places seem to be able to hang on. Often internet is given the blame of the demise of the old school LGBT-scene: Grindr and other apps or sites are pulling customers away and offering easier ways to meet people for a date….

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Aidsmonument Amsterdam: vote for your favorite design [Updated]

Aidsmonument Amsterdam: vote for your favorite design [Updated]

Last year Aidsmemorial.nl (Stichting Namenproject Nederland) announced their plans to build an Aidsmonument in Amsterdam. They started of by involving the public in choosing a location. An artistic advisory committee made a shortlist of artists for the Aidsmonument. Of that list Aidsmemorial.nl asked three artists to submit their sketches for an Aidsmonument. This month you can vote which of these three designs is your favorite. [Update 5th october 2015] The votes have been cast and the winning design for…

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