Dutch Cold War homophobia history


This 5 August 2017 video is about the Canal Parade during the Amsterdam Pride.

During the 1950s, there was Cold War homophobia in Britain, in Canada and also in the Netherlands.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio:

The municipality of Amsterdam refused to employ gay people in the nineteen fifties

Today, 11:42

The municipality of Amsterdam investigated in the nineteen fifties whether applicants were gay. This is evident from so-called ‘homo lists’ found in the city archives. If it was decided by civil servants that someone was homosexual, then that person did not get a job at the municipality.

A committee of five municipal officials examined a person’s moral behavior at the time. Whether a job applicant was homosexual was examined, among other things, by interrogating neighbors and friends. Applicants were also asked questions about their orientation.

‘Shameful’

“When you look back, you wonder what those people were doing”, said researcher Eric Heijselaar of the Amsterdam City Archives in the NOS Radio 1 News. He found the lists by chance. “They go deeply into people’s privacy and that is shameful.”

The lists were found last year. …

Not only LGBTQ people were barred by the municipality of Amsterdam. Family members or friends could also be refused. “They asked whether the mother of a man who went to homosexual environments was still suitable for a job at the municipality,” says Heijselaar.

The City Archives suspects that other municipal archives also have such lists. The association for homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people COC wants an investigation into the treatment of homosexuals by the municipality of Amsterdam.

In 1962, ‘liberal’ Dutch weekly Vrij Nederland still wrote sympathetically about ‘curing’ gay people by torturing them.

Peace demonstration Amsterdam, 3 December 2017


This video from Britain is called Historical anti-war protest in London: 15 February 2003.

From the Amsterdam Peace Initiative in the Netherlands:

STOP THE WAR MISSIONS

On December 4th the Dutch parliament will decide on prolonging the war missions in Mali and Afghanistan and later on the one in Iraq. The government will enforce the armed forces for this, instead of choosing for peace by diplomacy, by a fair international economy and a good climate policy.

This government wants to increase the Dutch defense budget this year by 900 million euros, and then by an annual 1.5 billion for the coming years. While budgets for child protection, eldercare and education have been largely reduced.

The Netherlands continues to export arms around the world and continues to participate in war missions. These intervention wars do not contribute to peace and security. On the contrary! They result in many victims and refugees. They are defending access to raw materials and profits of large companies. They increase poverty and reduce freedom and democracy in the countries concerned, but also in our own country. An atmosphere of insecurity is emerging that feeds enemy images and raises racism and brings hate into hearts. We say refugees are welcome, but it is better to prevent that they need to flee. Therefor stop the war missions.

Join us at December 3 at 3:00 pm on Spui [square in Amsterdam] at ‘t Lieverdje [stars] to show what we all think: GOOD WARS DO NOT EXIST!

Eating Animals, new film


This video says about itself:

Eating Animals Movie Clip – Genetics (2017): Check out the new clip directed by Christopher Dillon Quinn!

Buy Tickets to Eating Animals: here.

An examination of our dietary choices and the food we put in our bodies. Based on Jonathan Safran Foer‘s [2010] memoir.

The premiere of this film is 15-26 November 2017, at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Grey heron nesting season video


This 2017 video from the Netherlands is about the grey heron nesting season in Frankendael park in Amsterdam.

Red foxes in central Amsterdam


In this October 2017 Dutch video, two twin brother biologists look for red foxes in the Vondelpark in central Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Charlottesville solidarity demonstration in Amsterdam


This video from the Spui square in Amsterdam in the Netherlands tonight shows a solidarity demonstration with the anti-nazis in Charlottesville, USA.

People shout: ‘Fascism, never again!