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Amsterdam's 'Pink Christmas' Features Mary in Drag, Leather Joseph

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An event called 'Pink Christmas' opened in Amsterdam on Thursday, the AP reports:

"Organizers said the event was meant to raise Amsterdam's profile as a gay capital at a time when homosexuals feel threatened. Christians for Truth, an independent religious group, had asked the city council to cancel the 'Pink Christmas,' event, saying it made a mockery of Christian tenets. The city did not comment. A male entertainer known as Wendy Mills posed as Mary in a blonde wig and high-heeled black boots and holding a plastic doll. Another man played Joseph in black leather trunks and a silver shawl. The five-person manger scene was staged off the street, in the courtyard of a nightclub. Visitors were invited to be photographed with the group."

Amsterdam City Council sponsored the 'Pink Christmas' event, which features vendor stalls and gay-themed holiday card sales, at a cost of $21,000.

Said the event's chairman Frank van Dalen: "Our objective is not to be offensive. This is about visibility."

So nice of Amsterdam to broadcast to the world that the gay community is made up of drag queens or kinky leather fetishists. No doubt this story will get much more play for its colorful theatrics than the candlelight vigils that went on across America Saturday night.

A group called Christians for Truth objected to Amsterdam's event in a statement: "By portraying Joseph and Mary as homosexuals, a twisted human fantasy is being added to the history of the Bible."

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  1. For the vast majority of the inhabitants of the city of Amsterdam (in which I live, so I know what I'm talking about), this scene is pretty normal. Drag queens are hosting daytime TV shows here, for instance. Just because a country (USA) is doing something completely different or because journalists are retarded, doesn't mean that Amsterdam should reconsider its character.

    To quote a gay friend, "I'm here, I'm queer, deal with it."

    Posted by: stingo | Dec 27, 2008 5:12:14 PM


  2. How one dresses is part of freedom of speech. I am all for the first amendment.

    Posted by: QueenZafrona | Dec 28, 2008 4:50:45 AM


  3. How you dress is covered under freedom of speech. I still believe in the first amendment.

    Posted by: QueenZafrona | Dec 28, 2008 4:55:38 AM


  4. How you dress is covered under freedom of speech. I still believe in the first amendment.

    Posted by: QueenZafrona | Dec 28, 2008 4:56:09 AM


  5. How you dress is covered under freedom of speech. I still believe in the first amendment.

    Posted by: QueenZafrona | Dec 28, 2008 4:56:19 AM


  6. Okay, for argument's sake, I am sure we can ALL agree that leather daddies and drag qweens aren't represenative of the ENTIRE gay community, nor do the entire gay community have any interest in squaring up to Christo-fascists every other moment of the day but look, here's the deal...stop and think about it....only the most deluded arrogant Jesus crispies can imagine a fictional take on an already fictional story as a mortal slight.

    Please, if someone wants to come up with hard rock evidence, skin and hair samples that the Christmas story ever took place to start with, now is a good time to speak up. Otherwise, who cares? Pop the baby Jesus a rainbow colored hat on and let the angels fly down with handlebar mustaches and leather chaps for all I care. All of it is pure entertainment. Only fundies would take the Christmas story seriously anyway!

    Posted by: EM | Dec 28, 2008 4:05:42 PM


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