Increasing violence against Gay and Lesbians in Amsterdam

Increasing violence against Gay and Lesbians in Amsterdam

In 2011 a total of 564 gay and lesbian related incidents were officially reported to the Amsterdam police. Incidents are related to physical or verbal violence. In 2012 this number increased towards 620. The final number for 2013 is not yet known. An analysis shows that most offenders are between 15 and 25 years. Most incidents happen in the city centre and in areas with gay and lesbian bars. In case you are the victim…

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Burning with love against Putin’s homophobic laws

Burning with love against Putin’s homophobic laws

On Friday the 7th the local LGBT community in Amsterdam held a demonstration against the homophobic laws in Putin’s Russia and the anti-LGBT violence and oppression in this great country. Some 1000 people gathered near the Homo-monument to hear speeches by notables from the LGBT community, amongst whom best-selling Dutch author Arthur Japin. Quoting from one of his books, this openly gay author, condemned the soft handed approach of the Dutch government towards the Russian…

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Equal Rights Concert

Equal Rights Concert

Handsome Poets, Do, Raffaëla and CB Milton (my favorites) will join the equal rights concert on Friday August 2nd. It starts at 19.00 on the Rembrandtplein. Amnesty International organizes the event. On Saturday during the Canal Parade Amnesty will continue its campaign against the Russian anti gay and lesbian legislation by showing what it would mean if such laws were applied during the Canal Parade. (Picture copyright ANP)

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Enjoy Real Dutch Vodka!

Enjoy Real Dutch Vodka!

A good old consumer boycott: let’s not serve (and order) Russian Vodka during this year’s GayPride. Let’s create a dent in the Russian economy, let Mr. Poetin feel the consequences of his anti gay legislation. He even tried to arrest three perfectly innocent reporters! What else to drink you’re now wondering? Well, it’s a bit like British Parmesan Cheese or Italian Steak and Kidney Pie, but a Dutch company produces decent Vodka. So in case…

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LGTB’s under pressure in Europe

LGTB’s under pressure in Europe

On the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (I.D.A.H.O.) the results of a European Union (UE) wide research on homophobia were presented. Some 90.000 people took part in this research and their feedback to the questions give some grim reading. Almost half of the respondents have experienced some sort of  discrimination or harassed on the grounds of their sexual orientation. The results were published at a conference attended by Queen Maxima of the Netherlands on…

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Day against Homophobia & Transphobia

Day against Homophobia & Transphobia

This year the Dutch government will host the International Conference against homophobia and transphobia. The conference will take place in The Hague, starts on May 15th and closes on May 17th, which is the international day against Homo and Transphobia. More information on www.dayagainsthomophobia.org. Queen Maxima will join the dinner on the 16th. Let’s hope that is an indication of a bit more royal support for the gay, lesbian and transgender community!

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