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.
Amsterdam alderman Jan-Bert Vroege (D66) accused entrepreneurs and hotel owners in the city of profiteering from Gay Pride, without giving anything back, in a letter to Het Parool. Supermarket chain Albert Heijn and clubs Paradiso and Westerunie are astonished by this accusation, according to the newspaper.
The municipality of Amsterdam will intervene in spontaneous parties on Reguliersdwarsstraat during Gay Pride this year to prevent overcrowding, mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote to the city council. All parties happening on the busy street without a prearranged permit, will be stopped, AD reports.
Amsterdam is reducing the number street and square events during future Gay Prides in an effort to keep the crowds in the city under control, Mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote in a letter to the city council on Friday, NU.nl reports
The city wants to spread visitors more during the week long event. For that reason, the traditional fair on Dam square will soon be a thing of the past. The organizer's permit runs out in 2019 and wil not be extended. Events will also be moved to venues outside of the city such as in Wstpoort and Tuinen van West.
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
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
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
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"
Last year the number of events and festivals in Noord-Holland increased by 10 percent, compared to 2014. While the number of such events in Amsterdam decreased by one, according to the annual Festival Monitor. This is because many Amsterdam festivals moved to surrounding municipalities in the province
The Netherlands' National Coordinator of Counterterrorism and Security has "taken note of" publications by a pro-ISIS group calling for attacks during gay pride events world wide.
The European Commission will have a boat in the Amsterdam Gay Pride parade this year, the organization announced on Sunday. This year's theme is Join our freedom, feel free to join us and will focus on Europe
Residents of the Prinsengracht have written a letter to Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan requesting that the annual Gay Pride canal parade be moved to Amstel next year. They are tired of the noise and pollution the parade brings with it.
The police arrested 14 pickpockets from Poland, Romania and the Netherlands during the Amsterdam Gay Pride, which took place between July 25th and August 2nd this year. So far 155 people reported a pickpocket crime during that week.
With the Amsterdam Gay Pride boat parade happening tomorrow, the police are once again warning visitors to be careful of pickpockets and to protect their mobile phones.
A number of asylum seekers will take part in the Amsterdam Gay Pride parade, but wearing masks because they are still to afraid to show their faces. Illias Mahtab, initiator of the refugee boat in the parade, says this shows how harrowing the problem still is
MP for the PvdA in Amsterdam, Ahmed Marcouch, has filed a report against Mouna Jabrane. Marcouch says that the social worker and council member of The Greens party in the city said hateful things about gay people.
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.
Dutch underestimate the danger of itinerant Roma gangs. They are very professional, well-organized and trained criminals who steal commissioned.
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.
An Amsterdam court locked up six people arrested on Monday for stealing cash and other personal things at the crowded Gay Pride festivity on August 3. They will remain behind bars for a maximum of 10 weeks.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features a Muslim man celebrating Ramadan and life in the Netherlands, the findings behind the puzzling death of a rare wolf, Vodafone’s 4G launch, a local museum’s special 3D printed chair, the strange, shifting behaviors of baboons in Emmen zoo, and some interesting scenes and people at the 2013 Gay Pride.
On Saturday, more than 500,000 of people attended the 2013 Gay Pride Festival in Amsterdam to celebrate homosexual rights.