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What, Exactly, Does Amsterdam Mean When It Says Everyone There Is Gay?

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Can you imagine a major U.S. city branding all of its inhabitants gay? Just to attract some tourist dollars?

Of course not. But that’s because America is not Holland, and not even New York City or San Francisco is Amsterdam, which is engaged in a giant tourism campaign called “Everyone’s Gay In Amsterdam.” Now, they don’t mean this literally — not every dude in Amsterdam is gonna be willing to take you men around back to, uh, show you the sights. But the campaign pushes the city’s openness and inclusivity, and we’re guessing it’s not ruffling too many feathers around the canals.

You should be seeing print ads in magazines, some online ads, and, we’re hoping, live street demonstrations!

By:           editor editor
On:           Jul 21, 2009
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  • 7 Comments
    • Qjersey
      Qjersey

      When I was in Amesterdam, a straight white hetero American who lives there, sat next to us at a cafe and was giving us tips on the gay scene. Can’t get more friendly than that.

      Jul 21, 2009 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • naprem
      naprem

      You realise – or perhaps you don’t – that they’re also simply trying to say that everyone’s happy in Amsterdam. Obviously they know the other meaning too, but they’re playing with both.

      Jul 21, 2009 at 9:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tuca
      Tuca

      Gosh, how I miss this city

      Jul 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      I miss Amsterdam too! I went when I was 19 and I will never ever forget my experience. *BIG SMILE*

      Jul 22, 2009 at 2:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Trisexueel
      Trisexueel

      This is my hometown.
      I’m made, born, raised & living in Amsterdam.
      We have a city with people who are happy openminded.
      Not judging any other person for her or his sexual interests.
      I’m trisexual i love the best of both worlds.
      I love Transsexuals who have something extra in their thongs.
      To have a nice cosy time with them, and make them feel like the beautiful woman they are.

      Aug 9, 2009 at 4:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      It’d be interestng what the source if Amsterdam liberalism is.
      According to something i read they collaboate with the Nazis extensivekly– to te degre that 120,00 Dutch were prosecuted after the war..

      Aug 9, 2009 at 8:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • V
      V

      @M Shane: You do realize that the war was 50-some years ago, right?

      Germany was obviously Nazi at the time too (duh), but they’ve taken great measures to erradicate that kind of mindset – it’s even illegal to “allude” to Nazi-related thinking, symbols in Germany! They’ve are now a very progressive and inclusive-minded country – I doubt that Amsterdam would be much differentnowadays!

      Stop living in the past with outdated labels.

      Aug 31, 2009 at 10:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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