The municipality of Amsterdam is taking another step towards gender-neutrality. From now on the municipality is scrapping the words "ladies and gentlemen" from the beginning of speeches and will also no longer start letters with "Dear Sir/Madam", Het Parool reports.
If the United States Senate approves Donald Trump's nomination of former Republican congressman Pete Hoekstra as new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands, he will be coming to The Hague in the fall. How Hoekstra will do in the Netherlands is the question - a number of his standpoints are contrary to the general feeling in the Netherlands, according to broadcaster NOS.
From now on Amsterdam will always personally invite people victimized due to their sexual orientation in the city to the Gay Pride celebrations. Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wants to make clear to these victims that the Dutch capital firmly disapproves of what happened to them and that people of all sexual orientations are always welcome in Amsterdam, Het Parool reports.
People in the Netherlands have a "relatively large awareness" about discrimination, according to social and cultural planning office SCP's quarterly report. At the same time, there is also a lot of skepticism about discrimination - many respondents feel that people claim discrimination too quickly and that some groups are hyper-sensitive about the topic, ANP reports.
Every quarter the SCP surveys respondents about their political views and their views on social issues for its Continual Research on Civil Perspective. Discrimination stood central for the second quarter's survey.
Amsterdam PvdA politician Munire Manisa was flooded with negative reactions when she took a position on the board of LGBT interest association COC last week. She was accused of being a traitor, a bad Muslim and that her DNA was infected by unbelievers. "I did not want to pay attention to it, but apparently people think that I'm silent because I accept these cowardly accusations", she wrote in response on Facebook.
The number of Dutch transgenders who changed their gender on their passport increased significantly following the implementation of the transgender law. Between 2007 and 2014 about 80 people per year changed their gender on their passport, according to figures from social and cultural planning office SCP. In 2015 there were 770 gender changes, NU.nl reports.
The municipality of Amsterdam calls on the Dutch government to admonish Russia about camps in Chechnya in which homosexual men are being locked up, alderman Eric van der Burg said at a protest against these camps at the gay monument in the Dutch capital on Wednesday. Amsterdam also wants State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice to change the asylum policy for Chechen LGBT men, ANP reports.
The vast majority of Dutch parliamentarians wants the government to punish schools who do not teach LGBT awareness and acceptance lessons. Almost the entire Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, supported the motion filed by SP parliamentarian Jasper van Dijk, NOS reports.
According to the Education Inspectorate, about 20 percent of primary- and high schools don't teach their students about sexual diversity, despite this being mandatory since 2012. The same is true for about 40 percent of the ROCs.
A suspect in an assault on two gay men in front of a dance school on Chassestraat in Amsterdam West in January turned himself in to the police after pictures of him were spread through the local broadcasters, Het Parool reports.
The two gay men, aged 35 and 37 years old, were cycling to the dance school on January 23rd. On Chassestraat a pedestrian shouted insults and slurs about their sexual orientation at them. When the men stopped at the dance school, the pedestrian approached them and started a fight.
About 2 thousand people participated in a march against anti-LGBT violence through Amsterdam on Wednesday evening. The participants marched hand-in-hand from Dam Square to the Gay Monument at Westermarkt, ANP reports.
A gay couple assaulted on Kerkstraat in Amsterdam-Centrum on Saturday night are spreading pamphlets and posted a letter in AT5 calling for witnesses to come forward.
Gay couple Jasper and Ronnie who were attacked by a group of young people in Arnhem on Sunday morning are shocked that one of the suspects now claim that they started the fight, the couple said to Omroep Gelderland.
One of the boys suspected of assaulting a gay couple in Arnhem on Sunday morning denies throwing the first punch, the 16-year-old's lawyer said on Pauw on Monday. According to the teen, the two gay men shouted aggressive words to the group of young people and one of the men started the fight, ANP reports.
At least 10 municipalities across the Netherlands are trying to get rid of gay cruising spots in an effort to reduce intimacies in public parks, the Volkskrant reports. The municipalities are doing so by placing fences,cutting down bushes and fining public nudity, according to the newspaper.
The number of Dutch who were treated rudely declined last year, according to Statistics Netherlands' Safety Monitor 2016. The survey of 80 thousand Netherlands residents were specifically asked whether they feel the were treated rudely or disrespectfully over the course of 2016.
Openly gay men and lesbians generally feel accepted in their sports clubs, according to a study by social and cultural planning office SCP on the sports participation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT), RTL Nieuws reports.
A study by RTL last year revealed that LGBT athletes aren't always open about their sexuality. The SCP study revealed that when they are, they generally feel accepted. Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are generally well accepted, according to the SCP.
National Police Chief Erik Akerboom wants the police force to be more diverse. For that reason 13 extra positions will be created in the police leadership this year for "diverse" talent, he said in an interview with the Volkskrant.
"The police must be recognizable to everyone. The outside world changed enormously, and the police is not changing with it", Akerboom said. He wants the culture in the police to change quickly.
The PvdA, D66 and GroenLinks want to change Article 1 of the Dutch constitution - which deals with equality - to specifically mention disability and sexual orientation. In this way people with disabilities and the LGBT community will be specifically protected by the constitution. A parliamentary majority supports this proposal, NU.nl reports.
Former DENK politician Sylvana Simons plans to advocate for fair hiring practices and against discrimination, not only based on race but also on sexual orientation, in her new party Artikel 1, she said in an interview with EenVandaag on Tuesday.
The LGBT Asylum Support is again calling on State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice for support in protecting LGBT asylum seekers. This follows a gay asylum seeker from Iran sustaining serious injuries after being stabbed by a group of other asylum seekers from North Africa. The police believe it was a drug related crime, but it was a hate crime, LGBT Asylum Support said in a press release.
The Dutch hotline for internet discrimination MiND is facing heat after one of its employees suggested that hate speech against LGBT people is allowed as long as it is in the name of faith. Titus Visser, director of NL Confidential to which MiND belongs, apologized for this "error in judgement", the Volkskrant reports.
Penalties facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Morocco are leading to an increase in LGBT asylum requests in the Netherlands. Today two girls age 16 and 17 are in court n Marrakesh for a kiss and cuddle in public, AD reports.
"There are more and more requests from LGBT people from Morocco who ended up in trouble, Sandro Kortekaas, president of Asylum Support, said to the newspaper. Asylum Support is a volunteer organization that supports foreign LGBT people apply for asylum in the Netherlands.
Elderly care organization Amsta is opening a special home for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elderly people in the Dr Sarphati house in Amsterdam. "Here you do not have to explain how you lived your life", the organization said to Het Parool. The home opens on Wednesday and will initially have room for 8 LGBT elders.