Two gay men were attacked in Dordrecht over the weekend shortly after meeting someone on a date made on dating app Grindr. One victim had to go to hospital for treatment. The second managed to flee before being injured. The police believe the men may have been attacked due to their sexual orientation and are investigating whether the two incidents are connected.
Another young man was beaten up by a group of people in Amsterdam, this time at a busy metro stop on Saturday. The victim, identified as "Xeverio", told his story to broadcaster AT5, saying the trouble started when he was headed to a party.
An 18-year-old man sustained a broken cheekbone when he and his boyfriend were attacked by a group of young people in Amsterdam early on Saturday morning. According to the police, the attack was not an anti-gay hate crime, Het Parool reports.
The couple was walking along the Spiegelgracht around 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning when a group of young people shouted "homo" at them. The couple responded to the insult by approaching the group, according to the newspaper.
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.
The court in Leeuwarden fined the owner of a garden center A. Th. De Boer 1,600 euros, 800 euros of which conditionally suspended, for rejecting a Groningen student for an internship because he is openly gay
Utrecht is the first city in the Netherlands to install LGBT-friendly traffic lights. From Tuesday night the traffic lights on the pedestrian crossing at the Daalsesingel and Knipstraat will show two same-sex characters
About 200 thousand students and teachers of more than 600 Dutch schools wore purple clothes on Friday as a symbol against discrimination and hatred for homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders
Dutch rap recording artist Ismael Houllich, better known as “Ismo,” was acquitted of a charge brought against him regarding lyrics that may have maligned Jewish people and gay people. The Breda court ruled that two specific lines from the song, “Eenmans,” were not proven as insulting.
An Amsterdam man was found guilty on Tuesday of drugging three gay men, then stealing their debit cards. The court in Arnhem said the thefts were of a "professional and sophisticated manner," and sentenced the "very calculating perpetrator" to a total of ten years in prison after also finding him guilty of robbing eight other men without debilitating them.
Former GroenLinks Parliamentarian Tofik Dibi has come out a gay, three years after the end of his political career. The 34 year old man told the Volkskrant that he has struggled with his sexuality for many years and did not know how to be both a Muslim and gay.
The situation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Russia has deteriorated so much that the Netherlands how considers them a "risk group". For this reason the Netherlands has made it easier for Russian homosexuals to find asylum here.
It seems that Amsterdam may be losing its title as gay capital to Barcelona. Spain is currently the most popular European destination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers. This group contributes an estimated $6.8 billion to the Spanish economy, according to figures from LGBT capital. Almost three times as much as the $2.3 billion euros contributed to the Dutch economy.
A 16 year old boy was chased out of the McDonald's restaurant at De Kuip in Rotterdam on Tuesday for being gay. The manager reportedly told the boy that he would rather not see "their kind of people" in the restaurant, according to Matthijs Kuijpers, who posted about the incident of Facebook.
According to the College for Human Rights, banning gay or bisexual men from donating blood is discrimination.
The Dutch Labour Party (PvdA) is concerned with the attitude towards homosexuality in conservative religious circles. MP Keklik Yücel says that more efforts must be made to increase acceptance of gay people among Muslim and religious Protestant communities, according to Het Parool.
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.
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.
Amsterdam's gay scene is burgeoning, and the city is a very popular destination for homosexual tourism. Despite the Dutch capital not being considered 'gay capital of Europe', as London, Berlin and Barcelona are, Amsterdam has something different, according to the Gay Pride organizers.
Four Groningen locals were arrested Monday evening for threatening two passengers and a ticket collector.
A Dutch diplomat was assaulted Tuesday night in his home in Moscow. Two people invaded his home, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Wouter Hamel decided not to go to Russia for now. The Dutch Jazz artist Twittered he would not feel safe being there.
Advocates of gay rights of Turkish, Moroccan, Surinamese and Antillean communities will sail along on the boat of the government during Gay Pride. Minister Jet Bussemaker of Emancipation wants to show that it is also okay for minorities to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.