The diocese of Haarlem wants priest Pierre Valkering to temporarily lay down his priestly duties. On Sunday the Amsterdam priest came out of the closet during a mass in honor of his 25 year anniversary at the Vredeskerk in the Dutch capital, NOS reports.
Dutch people's opinions bout lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are increasingly positive, social and cultural planning office SCP said in a new report published on Thursday. Despite this many Dutch still have problems with seeing same-sex couples kissing, Het Parool and NOS report.
Between 1950 and 1958 Amsterdam rejected 225 applicants because of their homosexuality, Trouw reports based on lists from the Dutch capital's archive. Gay interest group COC wants a new investigation into how the government treated gay people, a spokesperson said to Het Parool.
The Uganda Media Council banned the screening of Dutch film De Eetclub at the Euro-Uganda Film Festival and anywhere else in the country because it "glorifies homosexuality", and features scenes of smoking, drinking and sexual intercourse. The embassy of the Netherlands in Kampala posted the Uganda Media Council's objections on their Facebook page.
A homosexual couple in the Slotervaart neighborhood of Amsterdam's Nieuw-West district has received death threats from their neighbours. The couple is planning to leave the capital city, but say they nowhere to go, since they were declined status to be placed on an urgent list for a residence outside of the city.
While more and more Dutch don't have a problem with homosexuality, a third of the population are still uncomfortable when they see two men kissing on the street.
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.
More than half of the gay men in the Netherlands do not feel free to walk hand-in-hand in the country.
State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff of Security and Justice has to clarify his policy on testing the credibility of asylum seekers who have fled their home countries because they are gay, according to the Council of State.
Teachers will soon get more support on how to talk about sensitive subjects like homosexuality, the Holocaust and fundamentalism with their students. Stichting School en Veilgheid, or Foundation School and Safety in English, is organizing meetings after the summer holidays to guide schools in how to approach these sensitive topics.
Lithuanian DJ Ten Walls was dropped from the Pitch Festival lineup after publishing homophobic remarks on his own Facebook page. The Amsterdam festival said they were trying to determine the correct course of action just after noon on Monday, but by 1:20 p.m. festival organizers chose to cancel the 32-year-old’s performance.
"Homosexuality is not equal to heterosexuality. Scientifically it is absolutely absurd." This is according to Dutch psychologist Gerard van den Aardweg, speaking at a campaign event in Dublin organized by the Catholic Alliance for the Defense of the Family and Marriage on Wednesday.
Christian parties in the Tweede Kamer (lower house of parliament) are against Minister Bussemaker's (Education, Culture and Science) plan to deploy 160 advisers to help ethnic and religious groups in the acceptance of homosexuality, Trouw reports.
Radicalization should be addressed in schools, State Secretary of Education Sander Dekker told Parliament Thursday. He made the declaration in his biennial safety monitoring report to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament.
The Rotterdam gay ambassadors are quitting after four years. The reason for this is that the seven prominent Rotterdam residents, who on behalf of the city worked to make homosexuality an approachable topic, can not get access to professional football clubs in the city. This said the ambassadors in Trouw today.
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.
In Amsterdam, violence against homosexuals has increased over the last year. According to the police, there were 189 reported incidents, that are related to the victim's sexual orientation. Simultaneously, the police say that homosexual individuals are generally more prepared to report hate crimes now than they were before.
A gay couple were assaulted by four men on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam Saturday night. One of the men, 25-year old Ronald, was beaten so hard that his piercings came out of his ear. He lost his hearing in that ear as well.
At the Rotterdam café Beurs, a DJ incited the crowd to chant homophobic slurs to be chanted in the club last weekend. A visitor filed a complaint with the ant-discrimination office Radar, Algemeen Dagblad reports.
Hassan Buyatui, PvdA candidate council member in Almere, was prominently present on a group photo with the controversial British Imam, Haitham al-Haddad. The photo raised more than eyebrows in his own party.
A former PVV politician from The Hague who once helped produce a film depicting Islam as evil and extreme, Arnoud van Doorn sings a totally different tune these days.