Amsterdam shows solidarity with LGBTQI+ community after another attack #westandtogether rainbow flag action

Amsterdam shows solidarity with LGBTQI+ community after another attack #westandtogether rainbow flag action

On Saturday the 14th of July many bars, restaurants and clubs showed the rainbow flag in solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community in Amsterdam. This public show of support was organized by Donnie Bergsma and Diva MayDay. It is a reaction against the rise in violence against people from the LGBTQI+ community. The latest incident was the proverbial drop spilling over the bucket. And on a glorious summer Saturday rainbow flags made Amsterdam a bit more…

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Suitsupply ad campaign with kissing men causing a furore 'Come-out and Kiss-Inn' event on March 11th

Suitsupply ad campaign with kissing men causing a furore 'Come-out and Kiss-Inn' event on March 11th

The Amsterdam based mens’ fashion chain Suitsupply has caused a furore with its’ new ad campaign for the 2018 fashion season. In this campaign young men are shown in couples in homo-erotic poses, sometimes kissing and sometimes just touching each other tenderly. The campaign is now a couple of weeks old and the public debate about it doesn’t go down. It shines a sharp light on homophobia, also in The Netherlands. The first wave of…

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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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La Cage closed down

La Cage closed down

La Cage, bar and restaurant in the Reguliersdwarsstraat, has closed down as of the 23rd of October. We visited the place earlier this year and liked what we saw and tasted. La Cage also strengthened the gay scene in this area of town by organizing drag nights and other activities targeting the gay audience. Unfortanetely they didn’t make it. La Cage prized out of the market? The location has become the epicenter of failed gay bars…

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Gay marriages 15 years on

Gay marriages 15 years on

On the 1st of April we will celebrate 15 years of gay marriages, or more properly equal marriage rights, in Amsterdam. On April 1st 2001 it was in Amsterdam that the first same sex couples anywhere in the world could get married. The city celebrates this with a special edition of it’s marketing logo in the rainbow colors and a day long projection of pictures of gay marriage on the city hall. Gay and lesbian…

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