LGBT

Rainbow flag in a pride parade
Feb 3 '17 09:34

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.

Sylvana Simons
Dec 29 '16 17:45

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.

Gay asylum seeker stabbed in asylum center in Groningen, Sept 2016. The Photo is cropped and blood is blurred out because of its sensitive nature
Dec 2 '16 15:05

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.

Rainbow flag
Dec 2 '16 14:00

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.

Nov 25 '16 09:28

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. 

Nov 15 '16 13:54

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.

Oct 27 '16 12:50

D66 parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra is worried about high suicide rates among gay and transgender young people. She is calling on the government to come up with effective measures to prevent young people in this group ending their lives prematurely, the Telegraaf reports. 

Aug 8 '16 08:38

The closing party for EuroPride 2016 in Amsterdam on Sunday night attracted around 500 thousand visitors, according to the Amsterdam police. By 8:00 p.m. the police had to start showing people away as the Rembrandtplein reached its capacity

Aug 8 '16 08:07

The 21st edition of Amsterdam's Canal Parade on Saturday drew just as many visitors as last year, when a record number of people came to watch the parade. Hundreds of thousands of people flooded to the Dutch capital, despite the extra security measures taken due to the terrorism threat

Aug 5 '16 10:40

Even after 21 years of Gay Pride in Amsterdam, the annual two week-long LGBT festival is still not completely accepted by people living in the Nehterlands, according to a study done by Dutch brand consultant Hendrik Beerda

Jul 25 '16 15:00

On Monday the city of Tilburg is celebrating Roze Maandag. Given international events, such as an attack in a gay bar in Orlando last month that left 49 people dead, the Tilburg municipality implemented a number of extra security measures. Most notable to attendees is that no backpacks will be allowed in the Amstel Beer Hall in the town hall.

Jul 22 '16 08:05

EuroPride may start in Amsterdam on Saturday and continue as planned, the court ruled in a lawsuit brought by local residents worried about disturbances and inconvenience. The court rejected all of the residents' objections

Jul 21 '16 12:05

The city of Amsterdam is following Utrecht's example and turning the toilets in its city hall "gender neutral". A majority of the Amsterdam city council supported the SP's call to do so

Jul 20 '16 11:55

From Saturday Amsterdam will be hosting EuroPride, the European version of Gay Pride. This year the festival consists of over 200 activities, conferences and debates under the motto is "Join our freedom, feel free to join us"

Jul 18 '16 12:15

The municipality of Amsterdam is working with the judiciary, police and National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security to make sure that sufficient security measures are in place for EuroPride 2016.

Jul 11 '16 11:30

From next month almost all asylum centers in the Netherlands will have a counselor to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living their. These counselors will start on August 1st, the central agency for the reception of asylum seekers COA said to the Volkskrant.

Jun 28 '16 09:45

Amsterdam resident Maurice Beljaars submitted an application to the Unicode Consortium for a LGBT rainbow flag emoji. "There are emoji for a head massage and a fried egg", Beljaars said to Het Parool. "But a rainbow flag, the symbol for the LGBT community since the 70's is still out of the question."

Jun 15 '16 07:43

Hundreds of people took part in a silent march through Rotterdam on Tuesday to honor the victims of a mass shooting in a gay bar in Orlando during the early hours of Sunday morning. Dressed in rainbow colors and carrying rainbow flags, American flags and candles, they walked from cafe Ferry on Westblaak to the rainbow zebra crossing on Churchill square.

Jun 14 '16 08:23

Hundreds of people gathered at the Homo-monument in Amsterdam on Monday night to honor the victims and show solidarity and support for the people of Orlando following a mass shooting at a gay club in the American city over the weekend. At least 50 people were killed and 53 others injured.

Jun 13 '16 16:15

A vigil will be held at the Homo-monument near the Westerkerk in Amsterdam on Monday evening to honor the victims and show support for the survivors of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, United States over the weekend. At least 50 people were killed and 53 others injured.

Jun 13 '16 07:38

Prime Minister Mark Rutte is shocked by the "terrible report" from Orlando in the Untied States about a mass shooting at a night club that left at least 50 people dead and another 53 injured during the early hours of Sunday morning, local time.

May 13 '16 12:50

While more and more Dutch don't have a problem with homosexuality, a third of the population are still uncomfortable when they see two men kissing on the street.

May 13 '16 07:27

In Washington on Thursday, Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs criticized legislation in some American states that discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. He referred to a law in North Carolina that bans transgenders from using the bathroom of their gender and a law in Mississippi that states that companies may refuse their services and products to LGBT's.

May 6 '16 15:05

LGTB interest group COC is shocked and dismayed that "gay hater" Steen was allowed to play at Utrecht's Liberation Day festival on Thursday. The group is demanding an explanation and apology from the organization

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