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February 27, 2014

The capital of the Netherlands caters to all tastes, from the educational to the hedonistic

I wanted to get a taste for Amsterdam's wild side, so naturally the first thing I did was visit the red light district.

I went down a cramped alleyway and found a little bar with flashing arrow lights and went in. After paying a few euros to a towering bouncer, I timidly walked down the stairs into what looked like a dungeon. Once turning the corner I was pleasantly surprised to see a very rammed and lit-up bar, run by naked girls.

I could not complain. They were dressed in nothing but impressively high stilettos, strutting up and down the bar.

January 20, 2014

Neuroscientist suggests if women live a stressful life, take drugs or smoke while pregnant then it can lead to a child having a lower IQ and an 'influenced sexuality'

Smoking while pregnant can lead to a woman giving birth to a gay child, a scientist has claimed.

Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam Biology, claims a woman’s lifestyle while pregnant can have an impact on the development of their babies.

He suggested if they live a stressful life, take drugs, drink or smoke can lower a child’s IQ and ‘influence’ the sexuality.

‘Pre-birth exposure to both nicotine and amphetamines increases the chance of lesbian daughters,’ Swaab told the Sunday Times.

November 4, 2013

GSN dives into the hardcore world of gay sport in the Netherlands

It was an early start on a Thursday morning and I dragged myself to London’s St Pancras train station to meet my friend Slutty Ian.

I know a couple guys called Ian, so for short-hand purposes you need to add a defining characteristic to be clear which one you’re talking about.

We were heading to Amsterdam and we met in the Patisserie Valerie next to the ticket office at the Eurostar entrance to the station.

'Look at my new Australian passport,' I showed him proudly, rifling through the crisp pages, as yet unmarked by border stamps or coffee stains.

November 4, 2013

GSN dives into the hardcore world of gay sport in the Netherlands

It was an early start on a Thursday morning and I dragged myself to London’s St Pancras train station to meet my friend Slutty Ian.

I know a couple guys called Ian, so for short-hand purposes you need to add a defining characteristic to be clear which one you’re talking about.

We were heading to Amsterdam and we met in the Patisserie Valerie next to the ticket office at the Eurostar entrance to the station.

'Look at my new Australian passport,' I showed him proudly, rifling through the crisp pages, as yet unmarked by border stamps or coffee stains.

October 30, 2013

Free drinks, discounted entries and cash prizes are some of the perks for dressing freaky at this year's most anticipated Halloween bashes

Who knew there were so many perks to dressing up?

Apart from seeing the creativity, nudity and downright deranged tendencies of your fellow Halloween party-goers, clubs and pubs have gotten creative in rewarding you for coming as you aren't.

From winning cash prizes for best costumes, to getting free drinks for dressing up, you should take advantage of what your local watering holes are offering.

We look at parties in South Africa, Amsterdam, New York, Salem and more to see who's bringing the spook in 2013.

October 7, 2013

City of Love beats out finalists London and Limerick

Gay Paree will be even more gay in the summer of 2018 when it plays host to Gay Games X.

The Federation of Gay Games made the announcement this afternoon (7 October) in Cleveland, Ohio, site of Gay Games IV next summer. After three days of deliberation, Paris emerged as the victor over fellow finalists, London, England and Limerick, Ireland.

Orlando and Amsterdam had earlier been eliminated in a preliminary vote last spring.

October 1, 2013

From Holocaust victims to heroes of equality, these moving monuments commemorate the darkest days of LGBT history and the legacy they left behind

Their lives were triumphant, their deaths were tragic and all too often left no trace, but some countries have chosen to honor the gay, lesbian and transgender heroes history tried to forget.

Gay Star News remembers the LGBT individuals who suffered, struggled and died for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

All over the world, monuments honoring the LGBT community have been erected in parks and public spaces where people of all ages can visit and learn about some people who were persecuted because of who they loved.

August 18, 2013

GSN gets fuelled up on caffine and falls in love with the north west of the US

Understandably, security for flights into the United States is fairly tight.

I was flying from Amsterdam’s Schipol airport to Seattle. Before you could access the departure gate you had to be interviewed by one of the team of G4S security contractors.

I’d already spent about five minutes talking through my trip with one officer. She left me waiting while she ‘checked some things’ and then her supervisor came over.

August 11, 2013

As host of World Outgames the city of Antwerp proves a lively destination for the world’s LGBT sports teams

Destination: Antwerp. The largest city in Flanders in the heart of Europe.

I love the Eurostar service that connects the UK to mainland Europe. Getting to Antwerp was a breeze, from London St Pancras to Brussels and then an easy connection to Antwerp. There are plans in place to upgrade the fleet of Eurostar trains – personally I’d suggest power sockets at every seat and wifi throughout the train. And perhaps no children under 16 – is that selfish?

August 7, 2013

Consulate even posts man's photo on its Facebook page and website

Francois Conradie had no idea he was going to be part of history when he paid a visit to the US Consulate General in Amsterdam last Friday (2 August) for his L2 visa interview.

He was surprised by Consul General Randy Berry, who personally presented Conradie with the printed visa placed in his passport.

August 5, 2013

Dutch football team fights against homophobia in sport as they celebrate Gay Pride in the Netherlands

Dutch soccer stars risked backlash by coming out in support of homosexuality in sport at Amsterdam Pride on 4 August.

The annual canal parade saw the likes of Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, as well as the country's football federation KNVB, who had entered a boat for the first time.

Using the high profiles of famous footballers, they aimed to raise awareness of tolerance and understanding in professional sport.

July 15, 2013

The UK’s deputy prime minister is backing London2018, but the race to hold the tenth Gay Games event remains too close to call.

2018 may seem a long way away, but the competition to host the Gay Games event in that year is now into its final stages.

The Gay Games were founded in 1982, and 2018 will see the tenth edition of this quadrennial event that brings together around 10,000 athletes, artists and activists from around the world to participate in over 30 sports and culture events.

May 16, 2013

The audience's picks for Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival which ran from 8 to 12 May

The audience award winners from Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, TranScreen were announced earlier this week with a documentary/artfilm about 'the smallest drag queen in the world' taking the top slot.

The German film called One Zero One - the story of Cybersissy & BayBjane directed by Tim Lienhard tells the story of Morrocan-German Mourad 'the smallest drag queen in the world' and his partner Antoine. It's described as 'part documentary, part camp-style visual fairy tale'.

May 15, 2013

Italian Divergenti festival shows trans people are no longer freaks on film but serious subjects with real lives; through debates, cinema and a photo exhibition

Transgender people in film have been much in focus this month, with festivals taking place in Bologna, Italy over the first weekend – and Amsterdam a week later.

The Italian Festival, Divergenti, billed itself as an international festival of transsexual film, and was organized by the Italian Transsexual Movement (Movimento Identitita Transessuale – or MIT, for short).

May 13, 2013

Gay rugby tournament the Union Cup 2013 will see 550 players from over 20 teams compete in Bristol, pumping £25,000 into the local economy

Bristol, UK will be hosting Europe’s biggest gay rugby tournament, the Union Cup 2013 on 23 – 26 May.

This year 550 gay rugby players from teams including Stockholm, Berlin, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Edinburgh and Dublin will travel to Bristol to compete, bringing an estimated £25,000 to the city's local economy.

Tournament director David Arid said: ‘The idea of a gay and gay-friendly rugby club is to provide an accepting environment in which players can develop their sporting potential without fear of prejudice.

May 7, 2013

The world's largest LGBT short film festival approves two new partners and seeks one more

LGBT film festivals in Amsterdam and Lisbon have joined The Iris Film Prize, the world's biggest gay short film festival, and will each nominate a short film to compete.

They join the expanding international network of LGBT film festivals including Outfest, Newfest and Gaze.

April 9, 2013

The Federation of Gay Games is deliberating over who should win the right to host the event out of London, Paris, Amsterdam, Orlando and Limerick

The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) have decided to allow the public to probe the bidding cities who wish to host the event.

Amsterdam, Limerick, London, Orlando and Paris are all hoping to host the 2018 Gay Games, which will be the tenth four-yearly event.

Out of the 300 questions asked, they range from the sports that will take place to the inclusion of all orientations and backgrounds of participants.

April 9, 2013

Russian President has said despite a lack of gay rights laws, LGBT people ‘enjoy all the same rights and freedoms as everyone else’

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia does not discriminate against homosexuals.

The Russian president was speaking at a press conference in Amsterdam, where gay rights activists, topless feminists and other protestors critical of the lack of human rights laws in the country had greeted him.

He said: ‘In the Russian Federation – so that it is clear to everybody – there is no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities.

‘These people…enjoy all the same rights and freedoms as everyone else.’

January 29, 2013

GSN pays tribute to Amsterdam’s uncompromising design duo

With the world of fashion showcasing the styles we can look forward to in AW13, we take a look at the unlikely design due that is Viktor & Rolf.

Who: Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren.

Where: Amsterdam.

When: Founded in 1993.

January 29, 2013

On a mission to the Netherlands, GSN snatches success from the jaws of failure

'I’m going to Amsterdam tomorrow.' I said to my Swedish friend Anders as we were catching up over lunch in London’s Soho.

'Amsterdam? Did you know that there are a lot of canals?' he asked quizzically in his strange Swedish accent that makes me want to eat meatballs.

'Yes - I’ve been there before.' I confirmed.

'I did not expect there to be so many canals...' He looked wistful. He’s about to become a father for the first time, I think that makes you a bit wistful.

January 29, 2013

On a mission to the Netherlands, GSN snatches success from the jaws of failure

'I’m going to Amsterdam tomorrow.' I said to my Swedish friend Anders as we were catching up over lunch in London’s Soho.

'Amsterdam? Did you know that there are a lot of canals?' he asked quizzically in his strange Swedish accent that makes me want to eat meatballs.

'Yes - I’ve been there before.' I confirmed.

'I did not expect there to be so many canals...' He looked wistful. He’s about to become a father for the first time, I think that makes you a bit wistful.

January 26, 2013

South Korean filmmaker and activist Sunghwan Kim talks to Gay Star News

Activist and film producer Sunghwan Kim (also known as Dave Kim) talks to Gay Star News about LGBT rights in socially conservative South Korea, and why he's getting married for money.

Why did you and your partner launch Rainbow Factory, a production company for LGBT-themed films?

The reason I started working in the film industry is through my boyfriend. He is the CEO of Generation Blue Film in Korea quite a big film company. He suggested, 'why don't you work with me?', because there was no gay film company in Korea.

January 15, 2013

We meet Amsterdam’s LGBT aquatics club

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we catch up with Remco Kobus - president of Gay Swim Amsterdam.

When was the Gay Swim Amsterdam club established?

The club was established in 1995 by Bob van Schijndel.

Is it just a swimming club or do you include other activities?

January 15, 2013

We meet Amsterdam’s LGBT aquatics club

Continuing our series of profiling the LGBT sports clubs around the world, in this issue we catch up with Remco Kobus - president of Gay Swim Amsterdam.

When was the Gay Swim Amsterdam club established?

The club was established in 1995 by Bob van Schijndel.

Is it just a swimming club or do you include other activities?