Gays in Amsterdam
When it comes to vacations, people in general have two options
in mind: beautiful sunny beaches (like Hawaii, New Zeeland, Brazil...) or touring
European on roots searching. The first one, a choice of whom just want to party
and have a good time, or relax if anything. The second one is the option of,
besides party raving and fun seeking, who'd appreciate to add up culturally,
trade off cultural hints, soak in cultural aspects and not just basking under
the sun of a God forsaken spot. Yes, the old continent offers all things show
to entertain in a somewhat blasé blasé style. From the beautiful
obelisk ridden Paris to romantic and charmingly Italy and to the low temperatures
of Germany braved in a cozy chalet in the Alps, a lot to see and a lot to hear.
And sun-seeking people take a bit of their busy time to visit the amazing Amsterdam,
in the Netherlands of the Dutch merchants, a city of immense cultural diversity.
A city of historical monuments and traditional architecture. But there's other
Amsterdam: the "Capital of Freedom", where consuming certain recreational
drugs is legal, prostitution is professionally recognized and tolerance towards
the gay lifestyle dwells in every corner of its channel maze.
In fact, Amsterdam is known as the "Gay Capital of Europe".
Although many European countries defend gay's civil rights to the extent of
allowing marriage between same sex people, none of them is as liberal and lenient
as the Dutch city. There are about 100 bars, clubs, stores and coffee shops
directed and catering for open-minded leanings. Tourists find information posts
to provide guides in that the best of gay nightlife. There's a holyday called
"Queen's Day" (occurs on April 29-30) where dozens of gay parties
take place in different points of the city, like the Drag Queen competition
in Westerk, as the central region becomes an open fair of assorted products
at low rates. Followed by the Remembrance Day, in memory of homosexuals killed
during the Nazi régime, and the Liberation Day.
But there's more. Plenty of options for frolics in Amsterdam,
and not only shopping sprees. On the main drags, dazzling-wit functioning awaits
open almost non-stop. Gay-friendly places, guess what - just like the whole
city. Something in Amsterdam attracts people. It's such contrast between the
historical and the man made modern, resolutions given to the unique image of
the Dutch capital. Tolerance and freedom of choice professed at their best,
where everyone can be just what they want, as loved as especial for gays and
lesbians. In some ways, Amsterdam reached what no other city of the world was
able ever: the so- called "be yourself" philosophy.