Gay and bisexual young people were more than twice as likely to be bullied, stalked or threatened online than their heterosexual counterparts last year, Statistics Netherlands reports based on a survey among 38 thousand internet users between the ages of 12 and 25 years. Among all young people, regardless of sexual orientation, girls were bothered online almost twice as often as boys.
No charges were filed against an Uber driver accused of discriminating against a gay couple in Amsterdam at the end of the city’s Pride festival in August, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) said on Wednesday, citing a lack of evidence. The two men filed statements against the driver, saying he grew increasingly angry, spat at them, and threw them out of his cab after the men started kissing each other while sitting in the back seat.
Students at the Trinitas Gymnasium in Almere were threatened after they arranged a number of activities at school for "Coming Out Day" on Friday, according to letters the school sent to parents, Omroep Flevoland reports.
The students involved had arranged a number of activities for Coming Out Day, including local alderman Jerzy Soetekouw coming to raise a rainbow flag at the school. The activities were arranged at the students initiative, and the school gave them room to do so.
State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health wants to break through the taboo among young people on talking about their sexual orientation. To do so he launched a hashtag and renewed a website where children unsure about their sexual identity can discuss it with other people from the LGBTQ community.
In his speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations, King Willem-Alexander called on Russia to cooperate in the investigation into the downing of flight MH17. "The relatives of the 298 victims expect justice and we will not rest until justice is done", the Dutch King said. King Willem-Alexander also spoke on climate change and LGBTQ rights in his speech. NOS reports.
A lesbian couple was assaulted at a terrace in Rotterdam on Friday. One of the women managed to chase after the perpetrator and lead the police right to him. A 34-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested, the police said.
The woman and her wife were having something to eat at a terrace on Lijnbaan on Friday afternoon when a man started making obscene gestures and comments at them. At first they ignored him, but after "umpteenth annoying remark" one of the women decided to reply, the police said in a statement.
The ChristenUnie's stance on same sex marriage - that it should not be allowed - is up for debate. ChristenUnie State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health said that he wanted to discuss this anti-gay marriage stance with his party in an interview with EO radio program Dit is de dag. "I would really like to have that conversation with the party, yes", he said, NOS reports.
Johan Derksen said that he received death threats after he caused a commotion last week with some controversial statements about Turkey and LGBTQ tolerance on football talk show Veronica Inside. "You can't say anything in this country anymore or a madman threatens you", he said on Veronica Inside on Monday, AD reports.
A group of men say they were assaulted and harassed during Pride celebrations in Amsterdam over a week ago while waiting to enter Club Church for the Gay Pride (Z)onderbroek party.
One of the men Loki, a 37-year-old international civil rights attorney, accused the owner of the next door restaurant De Sneeker Pan, of “harassing and yelling” at him and a few other patrons to get off the sidewalk as they waited for Club Church to open its doors.
A 29-year-old Dutch man was assaulted in India after he paid with his rainbow-colored Bunq card, the bank confirmed on Twitter and Travel Assist, the company that provided the man's travel insurance, confirmed to NOS.
A gay couple was harassed by an Uber driver in Amsterdam on Sunday. They were holding hands in the Uber, on their way home from Pride Amsterdam, when the driver insulted them and spat on them, they said, NOS reports.
A lesbian couple was beaten up by two men on a scooter in Amsterdam city center early on Saturday morning. They were walking hand-in-hand on Zandstraat, a narrow alley near Zuiderkerk, at around 5:00 a.m. after a night out when they were attacked, Het Parool reports.
“It hurts me tremendously that we are losing part of our gay history; our community isn’t really up to speed in keeping our gay history alive,” said Dusty, a drag queen in Amsterdam. “We live it, we breathe it, but we never document it.”
She lamented that the young gay men don’t know much about the iconic spots in Amsterdam that made the gay scene what it is today.
Transgender couple Kristiana Moretti and Arianne Brink are moving out of their apartment in Heerlen because a group of young people in the neighborhood continually harassed and threatened them. After mediation by mayor Emile Roemer, the housing association offered a new apartment to the couple, 1Limburg reports.
This week ride-hailing company Uber launched a special complaint category for reporting discrimination in the Netherlands. This was prompted by drag queen Jennifer Hopelezz being refused a ride in Amsterdam earlier this month. Both drivers and passengers can use the button, and the complaint will be dealt with by email, chat or phone call, depending on its severity, NOS reports.
Punishments for discrimination will range from a warning to being barred from the Uber app, a spokesperson said to the broadcaster.
The police confiscated flyers handed out by pedophile group Kinderbevrijdingsfront during the Pride Walk in Amsterdam on Saturday. According to the police, the flyers were seized because of bystanders' severely upset reactions to them. "This man handed out flyers in the Vondelpark and the organization of the Pride Walk did not want that", a police spokesperson said to Het Parool.
Around 15 thousand people participated in the Pride Walk in Amsterdam on Saturday, according to the organizers of Pride Amsterdam. The march through the Dutch capital, which is dedicated to drawing attention to the situation of LGBTQ people in countries where being gay is punishable, is the traditional start of the annual event, NU.nl reports.
Amsterdam is preparing for Pride Amsterdam, which starts in the city on Saturday. The Pride Walk on Saturday will be dedicated to murdered Russian LGBTQ activist Yelena Grigoryeva. During the Canal Parade next Saturday, the city is blocking off a total of 700 meters of quays due to concerns that they may collapse under the masse of spectators.
Taxi companies in Amsterdam are working with the municipality and the Amsterdam region's Discrimination Hotline to take measures to combat discrimination. This was prompted by an incident during Pride Amsterdam last year, when a taxi driver refused to give Pride ambassador Jennifer Hopelezz a ride. With Pride 2019 a month away, the taxi companies signed a declaration of intent for a discrimination-free taxi market, NOS reports.
Pride Amsterdam will be officially added to the Intangible Heritage Inventory of the Netherlands as an essential part of Dutch cultural heritage this year, the Knowledge Center for Intangible Heritage announced on Thursday. The addition ceremony will take place on the Museumplein in Amsterdam during the Pride Walk, the annual activist march from the gay monument to Vondelpark on the first day of Amsterdam Pride on July 27th, AD reports.
The Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, wants Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus of Justice and Security to create a legislative proposal to ban gay conversion therapy. Parliamentarians called such "cures"' for one's sexuality "indigestible" and "harmful", the Telegraaf reports.
This VVD proposal got support from a majority in the Kamer, including from the D66, GroenLinks, SP and PvdA. Christian parties CDA, ChristenUnie and SGP, and populists PVV and FvD voted against.
The rainbow crosswalk in Hardewijk was vandalized. A seemingly religious message was found spray painted on the crossing on Wednesday morning. "Sodom and Gomorrah are still there as a warning example", the text read, translated from Dutch. And: "Choose life."
Martijn Pijnenburg, D66 leader in Hardewijk, posted photos of the vandalism on Twitter "The rainbow crosswalk in Hardewijk smeared with religious insanity", he tweeted. "In one word: disgusting."
The municipality removed the text later on Wednesday morning.
COC Nederland wants the Netherlands to deny entry to American preacher Steven Anderson. The LGBTQ interest group calls on State Secretary Mark Harbers of Justice and Security to ban him from entering the Netherlands, NOS reports.
The Asian state of Brunei implemented new strict Islamic laws on Wednesday, which allows the death penalty for homosexual intercourse and for women who had an abortion to be publicly flogged. The Netherlands is "deeply concerned" by these "inhumane penalties", Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Aairs said on Twitter.
"A serious breach of international human rights", the Dutch Foreign Minister said. "The Netherlands joins [UN Human Rights Chief] Michelle Bachelet in urging the government of Brunei to halt implementation of the revised Penal Code."