Monday, October 4, 2010

Black Tea Party Amsterdam

Amsterdam used to call itself the gay capital of the world. But a 13-percent increase in violence against homosexuals has led to 50 percent not daring to be open about their sexual orientation in public.

Visitors came  in fancy dresses to a masked ball in the capital organised to address the problem, the Black Tea Party. Among the guests was Labour Party leader Job Cohen, who as minister introduced legislation allowing single sex marriage and as mayor held the first gay wedding ceremony in the Netherlands. One couple came in top hats and black masks, another as two cuddly bears. One party-goer is wearing a veil from ear to ear to cover his face...and that's a sad situation.

Day Opening - October 4