See this wonderful video of music, love, childhood fun, peer approval–a vision of the future : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qf0puHJ-KM A twelve year-old boy, Terrence, sings a pretty song in tribute to his two fathers, a gay couple in Holland. He sings it at a children’s concert in front of an audience of hundreds of other children about
The Netherlands is a popular destination for gay tourism especially Amsterdam where an LGBT gay pride festival occurs in mid-August. Many gay-owned or gay-friendly hotels, nightclubs and cafes operate in the city. In 1973 Dutch mental health institutions stopped treating homosexuality as an illness and the military lifted its ban on homosexuals. More Dutch LGBT people started to "come out", gay publications such as "Gay Krant" started to be published and the liberal and left-wing Dutch political parties started to support LGBT rights as part of an overall support of social tolerance and liberalism. Isolated verbal and physical attacks on LGBT people tend to come from the socially conservative leadership of the Muslim community and their followers (more than 5% of the population). Political leaders of the conservative Christian parties (accounting for another 5%) oppose gay-rights legislation, however, they do recognize the gay community, and they are all opposed to discrimination of LGBT’s. A recent 2006 European Union member poll showed the Dutch to be the strongest supporters of same-sex marriage at 82%.
Intro: Among the gay cafes, sports clubs, hotels, bars, activist organizations and saunas in this beautiful ‘gay capitol of Europe’, where same-sex love is fully acknowledged and legalized, is a touching memorial that acknowledges the persecution that lesbigays faced over the centuries. Also see: Gay Holland News & Reports 2001 to present Gay Holland Photo
Westhampton, MA – August 29, 2009 Richard Ammon – GlobalGayz.com For those of us who had ‘missing’ fathers when we were young, the ‘lost chord’ remains. As times have moved into a new age of family-making there are young boys and girls who are blessed to have two fathers or two moms. Last year a
The Gay Games were hosted by Amsterdam in 1998. There were more than 25 sports and 1500 athletes. The opening and closing ceremonies were held in the local stadium. Venues for the sporting events were spread out across the city and suburbs. The photos here are of the ceremonies, rowing and swimming. The swimming and
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands with a population of 750,000. It is not the seat of government (in The Hague) which is one of the most liberal in the world. Marijuana and prostitution are both legal here. The city is one of the gay capitals of Europe with marriage rights
Amsterdam is home to one of Europe’s largest annual Gay Pride parades. It is the only city in the world to route the parade on a canal, which is lined with thousands of spectators– from grandmothers to small children. It is a visual feast for all. In 1998 the parade was held in conjuction with
With over 130,000 citizens Amersfoort is one of the 20 largest cities of the Netherlands. It is a versatile city with a variety of architecture, history, art, culture and nature. In 1998 it was host to the swimming events of the the Gay Games where over a thousand swimmers competed for medals in over 100