Amsterdam decided to give lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender refugees shelter separate from the other asylum seekers following a number of threats and other incidents, Het Parool reported on Friday.
Nearly half of the estimated 390 thousand transgender people living in the Netherlands faced verbal or physical attacks over the past year. This includes threats, sexual harassment or destruction of property, among other things.
PvdA parliamentarian Ahmed Marcouch wants asylum seekers to visit the Resistance museum, feminist magazine Opzij and gay interest group COC so that they can experience Dutch norms and values first hand. He also wants them to get Dutch language lessons as soon as they arrive in the country.
A permanent ban on blood donations from homosexual men was lifted in place of new restrictions that state gay men may only donate blood if they have not had sex with another man over the last 12 months. The decision was announced by Edith Schippers, the Minister of Health, after she made her department's research on the subject available to members of Parliament.
Youth's attitude towards gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people has become less dismissive in the recent years. Even though the negative conduct has decreased, there is still no complete acceptance of sexual minorities.
More than 500 schools in the Netherlands are participating in Purple Friday today. Students and teachers are dressed in purple today to combat homophobia and transphobia.
The College on the Rights of People decided that the Evangelical Church in Utrecht is not allow to refuse gay people who want to rent their venue. This decision was made in a case brought before them by the work group Jong&Out.
A proposal to create a Gay Village in Tilburg turned out to be a hoax, the group Roze Maandag foundation said. The group wanted to make a statement against intolerant behaviour towards the gay population in The Netherlands in advance of the first day of the Tilburg fair.
The first care center catered to homosexuals will open its doors tomorrow in Amsterdam. The center was started by four gay entrepreneurs, and Gay Care Amsterdam will be the first home care organization aimed at gay men, lesbians bisexuals and transgenders. It hopes to be an institution without discrimination, a safe place for LGBTs.
King Willem-Alexander will not hand over the 'Dream Book for Russia', by some gay organizations, to President Putin on Friday. It is not within the package of tasks of the King, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The mayor of Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan, Sunday called on the government to file a state complaint against Russia, for violation of human rights. He did so during the To Russia With Love concert, a demonstration for gay rights in Russia, at the Museum Square in the capital on Sunday evening. Van der Laan received a deafening applause.
Russian president Vladimir Poetin will pay the Netherlands a short visit on Monday to open the Netherlands-Russia year together with Queen Beatrix in the museum Hermitage in Amsterdam. Sensitive topics will also be discussed and more than 3,3 thousand people plan to protest against the Russian anti-gay law.