The harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender asylum seekers in the asylum centers is out of control, according to the COC, the interest group for gay people. "If something is not done quickly for gays in the asylum centers, there will be deaths", Janneke van Maanen of COC Midden Gelderland said
A Dutch court convicted former Amsterdam politician Delano Felter for comments he made in 2010 against homosexuals. He was fined one thousand euros by the court, which conditionally suspended half the amount for two years.
Amsterdam is taking the lead in teaching asylum seekers about gay and women's rights. The municipality does not want to wait any longer and called in professional parties to help with this education. "We expect to start in two weeks", Simone Kukenheim, alderman for Education and Diversity, said
Speaking out about the mass sexual assaults on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, Dutch Justice secretary Klaas Dijkhoff said the suspected assailants are definitely “not real men,” he told broadcaster NOS.
Two gay Iraqi men had to flee the emergency refugee shelter in Apeldoorn on Thursday night when they were attacked by fellow asylum seekers. The attack happened after a Nieuwsuur broadcast on the same night in which one of the men talked about gay discrimination he has encountered in the asylum center.
Amsterdam presented a new initiative to improve the quality of life for sexually diverse people in the city on Thursday. The project, called Roze Agenda or Pink Agenda, is mainly aimed at increasing the feeling of security and welcome for gay people in Amsterdam.
The PvdA wants a debate in the Second Chamber and a hearing of experts on the lack of gay emancipation among conservative believers in the Netherlands.
The co-owner of a gay bar was beaten up by a man shouting slurs at him Monday night as he closed his cafe. Rocco Wort, 22, told police the man screamed “filthy cancerous fag,” and “fuck off,” before punching Wort in the face.
A city councillor in Breda has been kicked out of his own party’s faction there after making statements comparing the rights of homosexuals to the rights of pedophiles. Labour party (PvdA) member Jamal Nouhi made the comments when suggesting that the foundation Human Rights Watch should stop lobbying for gay rights in Morocco, calling it a religious issue.
The House of Representatives as well as the Senate voted with a strong majority on the D66 initiative that will see no civil servants be appointed to office if they do not support all marriage, including between men and between women.
Today, the court in Paris will deliver a verdict against three of the four men who are suspected of abusing Dutch gay man Wilfred de Bruijn last year. Last month, up to two years jail time was demanded against them.
The Netherlands is fourth on the gay-rights list presented by international LGBT organization ILGA (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) on Malta on Tuesday, where IDAHO, the international gay-emancipation summit is being held.
Police in the Netherlands will give more attention to the countering of violence against homosexuals. This was promised by minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice in a discussion with gay interest group COC Nederland.
The Dutch cabinet is condemning Russian military interference in Ukraine.
Amsterdam and São Paolo are going to work together, and exchange knowledge on the areas of water management, gay rights, sustainability and mobility and culture.
State Secretary of Justice Fred Teeven wants to ease asylum policies that apply to gays from Uganda.
He said on Radio 1 that the asylum policies are being eased to counter the new anti-gay law that was approved yesterday by Uganda President Museveni. “It’s draconian legislation,” Teeven said about the anti-gay bill that allows harsh penalties for "homosexual offences".
Prime Minister Mark Rutte met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday at Sochi, and used the opportunity to discuss gay rights in Russia.
Corendon is giving 50 percent off tickets for people who want to add their voices to the anti-gay protests during the Winter Olympics in Sotsji.
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs published a 153-page-report on human rights in the European Union on its website, Wednesday, of which 9 pages (in the English version) are dedicated to the Netherlands.
Minister Jet Bussemaker (Emancipation) calls her European colleagues to make a statement about a European approach to the rights of gays, on Friday at the International Day Against Homopfobia.