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Amsterdam is Europe's gay epicenter -- in fact, it might just be the most gay-friendly city on the planet. It even has a monument, the Homomonument, dedicated to gays and lesbians who have been persecuted around the world through the ages.

Get local information by visiting COC, Rozenstraat 14 (tel. 020/626-3087; www.cocamsterdam.nl), the Amsterdam branch of the Dutch LGBT organization, open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. COC's national office is just a few doors along, at Rozenstraat 8 (tel. 020/623-4596; www.coc.nl), open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (tel. 020/623-6565; www.switchboard.nl), open daily from 10am to 10pm, provides all kinds of information and advice.

Gay and lesbian bars and clubs are well publicized. Gay News (www.gaynews.nl), a monthly magazine in both Dutch and English, is available for free in gay establishments around the city.

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