Join the Canal Parade @ Amsterdam Pride 2015 from your home

Join the Canal Parade @ Amsterdam Pride 2015 from your home

One of the highlights of the Amsterdam Pride is the by now world famous Canal Parade. A flotilla of 80 boats parade through the canals of Amsterdam with around 750.000 spectators alongside the canals. It is something you have to have seen at least once in your life. But if you can’t come over to Amsterdam this Saturday there is a solution: you can virtually sail with the Canal Parade from the comfort of your home!…

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Film & Theater @ Amsterdam Pride 2015

Film & Theater @ Amsterdam Pride 2015

Amsterdam Pride 2015 offers a lot of parties, but it is more than just flirting, drinking and dancing. The Pride offers also an interesting program of films and theater performances. Here is our pick for 2015: three top picks and one extra ordinary one. 1. Schijn – a solo by Fahd Larhzaoui Let’s start with the extraordinary one: Schijn or Appearance. This is one of the hits of last year’s theater season in Holland. It is a…

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Club Events @ Amsterdam Pride 2015

Club Events @ Amsterdam Pride 2015

As always, Amsterdam Pride has a list of events labelled as ‘Club Events’. Although it is subjective what event is the most interesting or fun, we selected three that drew our attention in particular. Although there are club events during the whole Pride week, most of them are held during the weekend of the Canal Parade (31st of July-2nd August). For all events, click on pride.amsterdam 1. The Amsterdam Ball – first ever Canvast is…

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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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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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Increasing violence against Gay and Lesbians in Amsterdam

Increasing violence against Gay and Lesbians in Amsterdam

In 2011 a total of 564 gay and lesbian related incidents were officially reported to the Amsterdam police. Incidents are related to physical or verbal violence. In 2012 this number increased towards 620. The final number for 2013 is not yet known. An analysis shows that most offenders are between 15 and 25 years. Most incidents happen in the city centre and in areas with gay and lesbian bars. In case you are the victim…

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Burning with love against Putin’s homophobic laws

Burning with love against Putin’s homophobic laws

On Friday the 7th the local LGBT community in Amsterdam held a demonstration against the homophobic laws in Putin’s Russia and the anti-LGBT violence and oppression in this great country. Some 1000 people gathered near the Homo-monument to hear speeches by notables from the LGBT community, amongst whom best-selling Dutch author Arthur Japin. Quoting from one of his books, this openly gay author, condemned the soft handed approach of the Dutch government towards the Russian…

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