The diocese of Haarlem dismissed gay priest Pierre Valkering of Amsterdam. Valkering was first suspended in March after he came out during a mass in the Vredeskerk in Amsterdam and revealed in his biography that he did not abide by his vow of celibacy.
Homosexual couples who want to have a child through a surrogate mother can do so at Dutch clinics from next year, according to a survey by television program De Monitor. Until now that has been impossible in the Netherlands due to strict regulations, newspaper AD reports.
At least two Dutch clinics will start offering surrogacy to gay couples next year - MC Kinderwens in Leiderdorp and Nij Geertgen clinic in Elsendorp. In Leiderdorp the surrogate mother must also donate the egg. In Elsendorp the surrogate and egg donor may be different people.
Since September last year municipal health service GGD Amsterdam noticed an increase of hepatitis A among homosexual and bisexual men. There's also been an increase of hepatitis A diagnoses in this group in the rest of the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. Men who have sexual intercourse with other men are advised to get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B viruses, Blik op Nieuws reports.
The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights ruled in favor of a 25-year-old gay student from Groningen who filed a case after being rejected for an internship at a Christian agricultural supply center because he was openly gay. According to the Board, this is discrimination and therefore illegal.
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.
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.
For the first time police published a report, "Anti gay violence in the Netherlands," showing an average of 3 anti gay violence reports a week, nationwide.