Festive Opening Toilets at Amsterdam COC
AMSTERDAM. "On wednesday september 6th at 20.00 hours Marleen van Amersfoort
(co-chair of the Amsterdam chapter of the N.V.I.H.-COC) will officially open
the toilets on the first floor."
As public lavatories or "krullen" until the 1970's were a very important
feature of Amsterdam's gay life as meeting places for gay men I was pleased to
see the COC's sense of gay history still alive and kicking.
Actually the opening of the restrooms on the second floor of the COC-building
marked the completion of the, for the time being, final phase in the rebuilding
of the interior of the COC-building at Rozenstraat 14, which started 2 1/2 years
ago and which will give the building a much-needed facelift. The occasion also
marked the start of a new year of activities carried out by the COC Amsterdam
chapter's 250 volunteers. Commenting on the recent trouble between the gay
community and Amsterdam politicians Marleen van Amersfoort said that the
(sparse) contacts with mayor Patijn had taken place in a pleasant athmosphere.
Instead she blamed the current difficulties mainly on alderman for gay
emancipation Jikkie van der Giessen, who, in her view, should assume a much
more active role within Amsterdam city council when it comes to defending the
political interests of Amsterdam's lesbians and gays.
New Gay TV Station to Start in October
AMSTERDAM. After having provided Amsterdam's gay population with regular gay
programming since 1991, GTV (the letter "G" is pronounced "gay" in Dutch), a
group lead by Jean-Paul Cherreau, collapsed a few months ago amidst rumours of
internal arguments, debts and mismanagement. A group of GTV-volunteers who
mainly had been making documentaries have, as it turns out, found a new home
with gay radio station MVS, which for nearly ten years has been bringing gay
radio programmes to Amsterdam and surrounding areas. Despite some internal
opposition MVS has decided to start tv-programming in october, a plan which had
been laying dormant for some years. So last tuesday MVS proudly announced on
the air the birth of "Wilma-TV", which, with a staff of some 40 volunteers is
to begin tv-programmes on the Amsterdam cable starting saturday 7th. According
to Gabriella Manunza, Wilma-TV's producer, programmes, which among others will
feature news, documentaries, a gay soap and quiz-show will go out for one hour
every first saturday of each month with repeats a few weeks later. Full radio
and TV programme details can be found in the Dutch/English gay newspaper
"Out on the Streets" which is distributed in gay venues in Amsterdam and London
every two weeks. MVS can be reached via e-mail under: email@example.com.
Jail Sentences demanded in Gay Prostitution Case
ROTTERDAM. In a Rotterdam court last week a four-year jail sentence was demanded
against a patron of a boys-brothel in that city. Two other men, among these the
owner of the brothel, heard 7 and 6 year's sentences demanded against them.
The men stood trial on charges of having sex with minors, rape and slave-trade.
The men had been exploiting 30 Polish and German boys, of whom 12 were under age,
for at least 2 years. A Dutch civil servant was said to have advised the
organisation on how to get the boys across the border from Poland. According
to the police some 21 other men will be prosecuted in the same case.
Gay Fashion Designer calls it Quits
AMSTERDAM. Frank Govers (63), openly gay and rather flamboyant couturier, last
week presented his winter-collection for the last time in his 40-year career.
With tears in his eyes he received the Royal decoration of "ridder in de orde
van Oranje-Nassau" from Mr. S.Patijn, mayor of Amsterdam. Mr. Govers, who is
suffering from bad health and, as rumour has it, the declining taste in clothes
in Holland in recent years, became known to a larger audience through his
appearances in commercials for laundry-detergent. Frank Govers, visibly moved
by a spontaneous kiss from Mayor Patijn, had not expected to get a royal
decoration as, like he said, he on more than one occasion had been critical of
her majesty the queen's choice of wardrobe.