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


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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Canadian Soldiers to be Sentenced for Amsterdam Gay Bashing

CanadianforcesTwo Canadian soldiers on leave from their mission in Afghanistan are due for sentencing for an anti-gay attack which occurred last May in Amsterdam. They reportedly spent 60 days in jail but were released on bail in July and assigned to a Canadian Forces installation in The Netherlands.

Canada's National Post reports: "The Dutch news media reported that the two men were involved in beating up a gay man and prosecutors are asking for an eight-month sentence for one of the soldiers, who is 22 years old. A second soldier, also 22, should be sentenced to six weeks in jail, according to prosecutors...The men were originally charged with attempted manslaughter, attempted criminal negligence causing bodily harm and public violence but there have been ongoing discussions to reduce those charges. The charges are under the Dutch criminal code and do not have an equivalent under the Canadian legal system, military officials said."

Specific details regarding the attack were not immediately available.

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"Hetero Boat" to Float in Amsterdam's Gay Boat Parade

A boatful of 30 heterosexuals will float down the canal in Amsterdam's annual gay boat parade on the weekend of August 3rd to 5th in order to show solidarity with gays and protest against rising intolerance in the Dutch capital.

BoatparadeReuters reports: "The organiser of the 'hetero boat', Coos Peterse, said on Friday it's inclusion was a reaction to a growing number of attacks against homosexuals in the Netherlands. Dutch media reported this month that a kissing lesbian couple was attacked in Nijmegen and had to be treated in hospital. In Amsterdam, two gay men were abused and one was seriously injured. 'What always bothered me is that the public reaction wasn't that strong. I would expect a much stronger outcry,' Peterse, 25, said. 'Since I wasn't hearing it, I thought maybe it was a good idea to make a statement, to celebrate with them that you're free in Holland to live to your own preference.'"

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