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Amstelveen Rainbow City

by Redaktie in History & Politics , 16 October 2018

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The municipality of Amstelveen signed a declaration of intent with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) in order to become a Rainbow City. This means that Amstelveen will jointly develop policies for the promotion of the social security, resilience and acceptance of LGBT persons in Amstelveen.

Since 2006, the Netherlands has 43 cooperating rainbow municipalities, now including Amstelveen. Alderwomen Floor Gordon and Marijn van Ballegooijen of Emancipation and Discrimination: “The invitation by the Ministry comes at exactly the right time. We will work together with people that are directly involved in the city and want to develop a diversity approach, and more political attention for, among other things, the acceptance of LGBT persons (lesbian women, gay men, bisexual men, transgender people and intersex persons).

Everyone in Amstelveen is equal and has the freedom to be true to who they are. Where that freedom is curtailed, where people are discriminated against or people feel unsafe, we will take action. Through cooperation with other municipalities and the Ministry, we are able to make use of the knowledge and experience of others in the field of acceptance of diversity in sexuality and gender.”

Rainbow municipalities have been around for a decade now. It is a collaboration of municipalities and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW), actively working on local LGBT emancipation policies. Social acceptance is key. This October, the Minister for Education, Culture and Science wants to add parties to this collaboration, and have a number of other municipalities sign the declaration of intent as well. After the signing of the declaration of intent Amstelveen will translates these intentions into local policy.



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