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Seven openly LGBT MPs in new Lower House

by our Editors in History & Politics , 07 mei 2017

In the new Dutch Lower House there are now seven openly LGBTI MPs. Eleven so-called rainbow candidates were also elected - candidates who had registered with COCs election website GayVote, indicating that they are committed to LHBTI emancipation.

Mark Harbers (VVD)In alphabetical order, the seven openly LGBTI Members of Parliament are:

    Vera Bergkamp (D66)
    Hanke Bruins Slot (CDA)
    Mark Harbers (VVD)
    Rob Jetten (D66)
    Henk Krol (50PLUS)
    Henk Nijboer (PvdA)
    Sjoerd Potters (VVD)

Of these seven MPs, two are representing D66 and VVD, and one CDA, PvdA and 50PLUS. Almost re-elected was SP candidate Eric Smaling (Nr. 15), as the SP attained 14 seats. Sjoerd Potters (VVD) was re-elected, but will not return in the Lower House. He will become the new Mayor of the municipality of De Bilt.

Rob JettenIn the former 2012 Lower House, eight openly LGBTI MPs were chosen. This number did see changes after the entry of Eric Smaling (April 2014), the stepping down of Gerard Schouw (D66) in July 2015, and the stepping down in October 2013 and re-entry of Henk Krol in December 2014.

In alphabetical order, the rainbow candidates are:

    Kathalijne Buitenweg (GroenLinks)
    Pia Dijkstra (D66)
    Kirsten van den Hul (PvdA)
    Sadet Karabulut (SP)
    Esther Ouwehand (Partij voor de Dieren)
    Nevin Özütok (GroenLinks)
    Lammert van Raan (Partij voor de Dieren)
    Emile Roemer (SP)
    Marianne Thieme (Partij voor de Dieren)Sjoerd Potters(VVD)
    Liesbeth van Tongeren (GroenLinks)
    Linda Voortman (GroenLinks)

Of these eleven candidates, four are an MP for GroenLinks, three for the Partij voor de Dieren, two for the SP, and one for D66 and PvdA.

This election was special, as for the first time ever, transgender candidates could be voted in. Of the six candidates of five different parties none were chosen, but Sophie Schers (GroenLinks) did get a good result with 5,193 preferential votes.

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