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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8 Exhibitions during Summer

8 Exhibitions during Summer

We’re pleased to introduce no less than 8 interesting exhibitions during the summer period. Some international, others very local. Some more aimed at creating art, others aimed at triggering discussion and interaction. But in all cases unique in their own right and worth visiting. Young and Gay Shows photos of young gay and lesbian people and it tells the story of their coming out. Photographer Marjolein Annegarn shows a range of pictures of boys and…

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Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 street parties

Amsterdam Gay Pride 2017 street parties

One of the charming things of the Amsterdam Gay Pride are the street parties. Here is our selection for 2017.

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Amsterdam Gay Pride in trouble? The end or the start of a (r)evolution

Amsterdam Gay Pride in trouble? The end or the start of a (r)evolution

Is the 2017 edition of the Amsterdam Gay Pride the last ever edition of this big annual LGBTQI event? This might be the case, because of rising organizational cost and lack of sufficient funding. The president of the organizing committee, Lucien Spee, raised the alarm about the future of the Amsterdam Gay Pride in a column he wrote for he Dutch website Gaynews.nl. Strangely enough this alarmist column hasn’t raised a big debate yet within…

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Canal Parade will follow a different route in 2017 Big changes at 2017 edition of Amsterdam Pride

Canal Parade will follow a different route in 2017 Big changes at 2017 edition of Amsterdam Pride

This week big changes were announced for the 2017 edition of the Amsterdam Pride and its hallmark event: the Canal Parade. Some open air parties will be at a different location. The most eye-catching proposal, however, is the reversal of the route of the famous Canal Parade. Instead of going from West to East,  the city proposal is to reverse the route along the same waterways. Pride open air parties at three locations The open air…

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Amsterdam LGBTQ film festival – record number of visitors Best attendance in the history of the Roze filmdagen

Amsterdam LGBTQ film festival – record number of visitors Best attendance in the history of the Roze filmdagen

Never mind the bad weather, a lot of people picked up their coat and made their way to the Westergasfabriek for the Amsterdam LGBTQ film festival or Roze Filmdagen. In fact a record number of people visited the film festival. Over 9600 people attended one of the many LGBTQ themed films and documentaries. That was 5 percent more than last year. Werner Borkes, the director of the film festival, is quoted to say: “The succes…

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Gay bookstore Vrolijk closed down LGBTQ bookstore gone definitively?

Gay bookstore Vrolijk closed down LGBTQ bookstore gone definitively?

Gay bookstore Vrolijk has closed down, possibly permanently. We were on a tour around gay and lesbian stores on a Saturday when we heard the news. When walked by the store, a simple note said ‘closed’. The website states in Dutch that it is ‘closed due to reorganization’. With both sale channels closed down, no money is coming in any more. Other shop owners shocked but not surprised We spoke to several other shop owners…

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