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Stephen Fry narrates doco on queer WWII heroes

Stephen Fry narrates the new British documentary Willem and Frieda: A Story of Resistance about two queer heroes of the Dutch resistance during World War II. Willem Arondeus and Frieda Belinfante belonged to a resistance group that bombed the Amsterdam public records office to undermine the Nazi occupation. The defiant last words uttered by William …

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Twenty years ago, the world’s first legal same-sex marriages began

Twenty years ago this week, the world’s first same-sex marriage legislation officially came into effect in the Netherlands. The country’s House of Representatives passed the same-sex marriage bill 109 votes to 33 on September 12, 2000. The Senate followed suit a few months later. The landmark marriage laws granted same-sex couples the same legal rights …

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Court Rejects 69-Year-Old Man’s Bid To ‘Legally Identify As A 49-Year-Old’

A 69-year-old man who tried to legally reduce his age by 20 years because he identified as 49 has had his request rejected by a Dutch court. Dutch television personality Emile Ratelband asked a court in the Netherlands to formally change his date of birth from 1949 to 1969, claiming he identifies as a much …