I consider myself a very open-minded and tolerant human being, but there are a couple of things considering other people that can really bug me. Extreme religion is one of them, and so is arrogance, but one of the things I can get most upset about is homophobia. Maybe it’s because I grew up in such a free-spirited country like the Netherlands, but I think being gay or bisexual is just as normal as being heterosexual and I believe that once people are in love, there is nothing bad to be said about it. I can’t fathom why anyone would think that two men or two women in love should not have the exact same rights as their opposite-sex-married neighbors. But I guess some parts of this world still need to realize this, I just hope it won’t take them too long.
Switching back to the here and now, it’s Gay Pride this weekend in Amsterdam and the streets (and of course the canals!) are booming with festivities. Most famous is of course the Canal Parade, but I went to a different event this year: The Drag Queen Olympics! With elements like the Stiletto Sprint, the Handbag Throw and the Tug-’o-love, these divas really gave it all their best, while looking fabulous in the process.
It was a great atmosphere, and apart from the rain we got drenched with all the ‘hey girls’,'honeys’ and ‘look at those tits’. The crowd consisting of many men erupting in cheer whenever the handbag was thrown in their direction, and I reveled in the fun and excitement of the games.
It is at events like this that I am reminded of that very important lesson: that it doesn’t matter what you look like, where you come from, who you are attracted to and how big your belly, your boobs, or your cock are, all that matters is that you have fun and enjoy the limited time we have on this earth.