From a slow sexual awakening...
I was born in 1947 to Dutch parents during Indonesia’s War of Independence from the Netherlands. I did not receive any sexual education from my family. I remember that the first penis I saw was that of the gardener. I did not know anything about sexuality at the time or even knew that the word existed.
My first awareness of an erection was in school. My hard on was a funny feeling, a squeezing and rather unpleasant sensation. In secondary school I wondered why the boys went after the girls. I did not realize I could go for another boy at the time.
I started to explore my body when my parents were away. I put on my dad’s leather jacket and played with a vibrator. This led to a seminal discharge but I did not understand that this was semen and a natural consequence of my experimentation. I thought something was broken and only later understood.
to an active embracing of my queerness ...
Somewhere between 15 and 17 years old I got to know the word homosexual. I looked it up in an encyclopedia and found a horrible definition like obsessive-compulsive neurosis. I decided this simply wasn’t accurate and searched out other writings on the subject. In Alfred Kinsey’s ‘Sexuality in the Human Male’ I learned homosexuality was a widespread activity among males. I realized that I wanted to know more about it. Michael Schofield’s study ‘Sociological Aspects of Homosexuality’ showed me “normal homosexual” men did not differ from heterosexual men.
Until 1971, homosexual acts between a man over 21 years and one under 21 were forbidden in the Netherlands. This meant I could not enter the dance parties of the COC, an organization of homosexuals. As a result my first homosexual experience was when I was 18 years old and was picked up on the streets and taken home by a student. It was a huge eye-opening experience and big relief. I realized “this is what I have been seeking for a long time”. I felt love, but this guy had a lover already. Some time later I met my first love, Henk. He was 36 years old and we had to be very careful due to my age. Keeping our relationship secret was easier because I lived in the attic of my parent’s home that had its own separate entrance.
Two years later I became active in a youth gay group organizing integration. At a dance party I met my second love. We lived together for a year and a half. I considered myself “married” although gay marriage wasn’t legalized in the Netherlands until 2001. I was quite surprised when my love told me that from his point of view our relationship was over.
and my kinks.
In the next few years I came across the leather scene and realized I had fantasies of mastering another man by bondage and inflicting pleasure pain. I read many books which helped me come to terms with these feelings and practices. I came to realize that what happens between consenting adults is okay.
I realized I wanted to feel free to have sex whenever I and another person felt the desire to do so. I became a polymorph perverse person. The movie ‘Una giornata particolare’ made me realize short encounters can be intense, precious, worthwhile and valuable as well.
My fourth love relationship included BDSM which I found exciting. I am now in my sixth love relationship. Recently I celebrated my 75th birthday with my present love and 90 relatives and friends including eight men with whom I have had intimate relationships. It was a wonderful experience to get love and support from such a diverse group of people and to have maintained friendships with my former lovers.
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