anti-LGBT

"Love is for all" written outside a Lidl store in Amsterdam where a gay couple was verbally attacked on 18 April 2020
May 28 '20 20:44

Amsterdam is set to assess the state of tolerance towards minority groups in Amsterdam following a spate of allegedly homophobic threats and violence in the city, Mayor Femke Halsema said on Thursday.

"There is a street culture in Amsterdam that is intolerant and intimidating for many minority groups. We need to initiate conversations so that the standard is clear: in Amsterdam you are accepted and you belong. People must be able to be individuals here," said Halsema, speaking at a debate with the city council on the matter.

collegas-op-straat
May 22 '20 08:27

Another gay couple was attacked in Amsterdam Oost on Thursday evening. One man was stabbed with a piece of glass, injuring his arm. Three teenagers were arrested, the police said on Twitter.

The incident happened on J.C. van Epenstraat. According to AT5, the victims were in a canoe when the perpetrators started shouting insults at them due to their sexual orientation. When they went to the side to address the teens, they were attacked.

The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance.

"Love is for all" written outside a Lidl store in Amsterdam where a gay couple was verbally attacked on 18 April 2020
May 20 '20 20:51

A 21-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested for harassing a gay couple as they walked hand-in-hand to a supermarket in Amsterdam on Easter Sunday, April 12. He is the third suspect to be arrested, the police confirmed to RTL Nieuws. 

"Love is for all" written outside a Lidl store in Amsterdam where a gay couple was verbally attacked on 18 April 2020
May 11 '20 08:51

A gay couple was harassed and assaulted by a group of people in Amsterdam Oost, their lawyer Sebas Diekstra said on Twitter on Monday.  This was the second time that this couple was attacked in Amsterdam - they were also harassed over Easter weekend. According to the lawyer, the attack was again prompted by them walking hand-in-hand. 

Turkey
Apr 28 '20 11:30

Following homophobic statements by Ali Erbas, the director of the Turkish institute for religious affairs Diyanet, during a sermon at the start of Ramadan on Friday, the hashtag #YallahHollandaya was trending on Twitter in the country. The hashtag translates to "Go to Holland", a popular anti-LGBTQ slur in Turkey, NRC reports.

Rainbow flag
Apr 14 '20 18:30

A 15-year-old boy who was accused of harassing a gay couple outside an Amsterdam Oost grocery store on Sunday turned himself in to police on Monday evening. He said he does not harbor hatred toward homosexuals and offered to apologize to the men, newspaper AD reports.

Politie patch on a Dutch police officer's uniform
Apr 13 '20 14:50

A gay couple was spat on and insulted by a group of young people as they walked to a supermarket on Molukkenstraat in Amsterdam on Sunday. Among other things, the group of teenagers called Daniel and Fabio "kankerhomos", which directly translates to "cancer gays", the couple said to AT5.

The two have faced discrimination before, and always just ignored it. "At some point you've just had enough," Daniel said to the Amsterdam broadcaster. "And now the whole group seemed to support it, they were so worked up."

Rainbow hearts
Mar 12 '20 13:20

A Dutch translation of the anti-LGBTQ Nashville declaration is not punishable, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Thursday. The Prosecutor said it does not deny that the statements made in the declaration hurt people, but in this case they are protected by both the freedom of religion and the freedom of expression. 

Dutch police officers arrest a suspect
Sep 23 '19 17:00

A lesbian couple was assaulted at a terrace in Rotterdam on Friday. One of the women managed to chase after the perpetrator and lead the police right to him. A 34-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested, the police said.

The woman and her wife were having something to eat at a terrace on Lijnbaan on Friday afternoon when a man started making obscene gestures and comments at them. At first they ignored him, but after "umpteenth annoying remark" one of the women decided to reply, the police said in a statement.

Rainbow crossing in Hardewijk vandalized, 1 May 2019
May 1 '19 16:30

The rainbow crosswalk in Hardewijk was vandalized. A seemingly religious message was found spray painted on the crossing on Wednesday morning. "Sodom and Gomorrah are still there as a warning example", the text read, translated from Dutch. And: "Choose life."

Martijn Pijnenburg, D66 leader in Hardewijk, posted photos of the vandalism on Twitter "The rainbow crosswalk in Hardewijk smeared with religious insanity", he tweeted. "In one word: disgusting."

The municipality removed the text later on Wednesday morning. 

Steven Anderson
May 1 '19 15:40

American preacher Steven Anderson will not be allowed into the Netherlands and the rest of the Schengen area, State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security said on Wednesday in response to parliamentary questions. According to Harbers, the government is "taking strong action against extremist speakers who, by spreading their beliefs, restrict the freedoms of others or even incite hatred or violence", NOS reports.

Steven Anderson
Apr 24 '19 09:19

COC Nederland wants the Netherlands to deny entry to American preacher Steven Anderson. The LGBTQ interest group calls on State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security to ban him from entering the Netherlands, NOS reports.

Rainbow flag flying at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in protest against the Nashville declaration, 7 Jan 2019
Jan 9 '19 12:50

The Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam is considering taking steps against Piet de Vries. The theology lecturer compared the gender discussion with the situation in the Second World War, when the Nazi ideology was "forced upon the Netherlands". The board of the university announced that it will have a firm talk with the man and take appropriate action, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam flies the rainbow flag in protest against the anti-LGBTQ Nashville declaration
Jan 9 '19 09:29

LGBTQ interest group COC is organizing a "Celebration of Love" in Amsterdam on Wednesday in response to the Dutch translation of the so-called Nashville declaration, which was signed by hundreds of Dutch pastors and other orthodox Christians. Mayor Femke Halsema will speak at the event, AT5 reports.

Students walk past a rainbow flag flying above the University of Amsterdam’s Science Park campus, 8 Jan 2019
Jan 8 '19 16:00

The Public Prosecution Service will assess whether the controversial Nashville declaration is punishable, the Prosecutor announced after a commotion arose about a Dutch translation of the anti-LGBTQ text that has now been signed by hundreds of pastors and other orthodox Christians in the Netherlands. How long this assessment will take, is not yet clear, AD reports.

Kees_van_der_Staaij
Jan 7 '19 13:10

SGP leader Kees van der Staaij is sticking to the Nashville declaration, which he and hundreds of pastors of the Dutch Protestant Church signed, even after a storm of criticism. The declaration explicitly rejects homosexuality and transgender people, and suggests sexual orientation and gender are things people can be "cured" of. It also stresses that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman.

Rainbow flag
Jan 7 '19 07:49

Hundreds of Dutch Protestant pastors, prominent people in the church, as well as the party leader and a senator of Christian party SGP, signed a manifesto against LGBTQ people. The manifesto argues that marriage is meant to only be a covenant between one man and one woman, and that good Christians should always reject homosexuality. It also suggests that your sexual identity is something you can be healed of.

Suitsupply's 'Find Your Perfect Fit' ad campaign
Mar 28 '18 09:19

Dutch newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad (RD) faced a storm of social media criticism after the Christian newspaper distributed flyers calling for protest against a Suitsupply ad campaign showing kissing men with its newspapers on Monday. 

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