Queer In Amsterdam Essay

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I think the celebration of LGBT identities in Amsterdam from the article "Gay Men and Lesbians in the Netherlands" by Gert Hekma and Jan Willem Duyvendak to the movie we watched was an interesting look at LGBT struggles (or lack of struggles) and identities found in the Netherlands in comparison to the United States. At first glance, from both the movie and the article, Amsterdam just seems like a wild, amazing time for people of all sexualities. Equality has been reached. Hallelujah! Let's party! Beyond this outward appearance of equality and acceptance, Amsterdam's LGBT culture must be unpacked and examined beyond just gay people partying a lot like in the documentary. I think the article ...view middle of the document...

With homosexuality as a tourist attraction and moneymaker in Amsterdam, the culture of Amsterdam is shaping what homosexuality is and LGBT is. The gay culture of Amsterdam must be palatable to money spending gay and straight people. With that, a lot of people are going to be ignored. That seems to be a problem when you have a gay culture pandering to capitalism and tourism.
The main people shown and mentioned in the movie and article about Amsterdam were gay men. Specifically in the movie, most of the gay men in it were white gay men. Though lesbians are somewhat mentioned in both pieces of media and it is acknowledged more needs to be done for lesbians, bisexuals and trans people are never mentioned. This shows monosexual privilege where a city like Amsterdam that is supposed to be so accepting caters to just gay and straight people. As mentioned in the article "The Bisexual Menace Revisited: Or, Shaking Up Social Categories Is Hard to Do" by Kristin Eisenberg that bisexual erasure occurs very much in the LGBT community and it is assumed bisexual interests always align with the lesbian/gay community. This is surely not the case but an identity like bisexuality is not as popular so it is conveniently forgotten in mainstream queer politics or actively disparaged by certain gay men and lesbians.
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