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 (tel. 020/626-3087;, the Amsterdam branch of the Dutch LGBT organization.  The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard (tel. 020/623-6565;, open daily from 10am to 10pm, provides all kinds of information and advice.

Gay and lesbian bars and clubs are well publicized in Gay News (

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