A trip to Amsterdam with gloomy and humorous sights and also with many gay things and not so creative names

This weekend I’ve been to Amsterdam and have taken some time to do some of the touristy things.

I’ve of course been to the Homomonument which commemorates the gay victims of the Shoah/Holocaust. As far as I know Amsterdam is one of the very few cities (Tel Aviv is another one that comes to mind) that has a monument specifically dedicated to the homosexual victims of the Shoah which is not part of a larger concentraion camp memorial complex.

Homomonument on a canal near Westerkerk, Amersterdam.

Homomonument on a canal near Westerkerk, Amsterdam (copyright Karlstein).

Homomonument as seen from Westermarkt.

Homomonument as seen from Westermarkt (copyright Karlstein).

It is a pity that there are hardly any signposts around the Homomonument informing the random visitor what he/she sees there. Whilst taking photos of the monument I’ve been approached by twice to enquire whether I knew what this monument was/is for. I think that it’s a pity that it’s not made very clear whom this monument commemorates, esp. since the well-known Westerkerk (Western church) and the very popular Anne Frank Huis (Anne Frank House) are very close-by which both draw a lot of tourists who do not necessarily know about the Homomonument.

In the Homomounument's immediate surroundings: Westerkerk and its famous crowned tower. (Copyright Karlstein)

In the Homomounument’s immediate surroundings: Westerkerk and its famous crowned tower. (Copyright Karlstein)

The poster advertising a symposium in Amsterdam’s Westerkerk also looked relatively… well, gaypridish to me. Judge for yourself:

The colours in the poster for the symposium somewhat ring a bell (copyright Karlstein).

The colours in the poster for the symposium (bottom left) somewhat ring a bell (copyright Karlstein).

After having seen some of the things commemorating the gloomy things (like the Homomonument or the statue of Anne Frank) and having seen some of the classical visitor attraction (e.g. Westerkerk) I opted  for a visit to the sex museum. The sex museum is  okay but I certainly wouldn’t say that it is a must-see.  But it was there where I discovered a condom with one of the most creative names I’ve ever seen:

Gaysafe - the most creative name for a condom. (copyright Karlstein)

Gaysafe – one of the most creative names for a condom. (copyright Karlstein)

Since a trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without the snap shot of a street scene with gay pride flags.

The obligatory Amsterdam street scene includes a gaypride flag. (copyright Karlstein)

The obligatory Amsterdam street scene includes a gaypride flag. (copyright Karlstein)

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About Kim Karlstein

Member of the gay conspiracy in one of the regional offices in the UK. The conspiracy you lately constantly heard about. Other than plotting how to take over world I have fairly normal hobbies. My gravatar is taken with thanks from wikimedia commons.
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