Frieda Belinfante

Frieda Belinfante (Amsterdam, 1904 – Santa Fe, 1995) was a cellist, conductor, prominent lesbian and a member of the Dutch Resistance during World War II. In 1943 Frieda Belinfante, Willem Arondeus (an openly gay man and a leading member of the Dutch resistance) and others destroyed thousands of records from the population registry in Amsterdam. The Nazis used the register to identify and trace Jewish people and to verify identity cards. Shortly after the attack…

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Marjan Sax

Marjan Sax

Marjan Sax (Amsterdam, 1947) is a Dutch lesbian, feminist, activist and co-founder of Mama Cash. In 1983 Sax inherited a significant amount of money. She used it to set up Mama Cash. The foundation supports initiatives by women in the Netherlands and abroad. Mama Cash started small and over the years it has grown into an international organization, supporting initiatives in many countries. A great overview of the success of Mama Cash can be found…

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Jacob Schorer

Jacob Schorer (1866-1957) was a lawyer and founder of the first Dutch committee (N.W.H.K.) aimed at acceptance of homosexuality. In 1911 the Dutch government introduced clause 248Bis (similar to clause 28 in the UK), which was very much a clause to prosecute and discriminate homosexuals. One year later Jacob Schorer founded the N.H.W.K. (following the example of Magnus Hirshfeld) and brought together a small group of people, working hard to change the common view about…

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