The Homomonument, A Beacon Of Hope And Tolerance For Twenty-Five Years
by GJ Wielinga
In the center of Amsterdam, on a square at the base of the Westerkerk, is the Homomonument. With its solid foundation in the streetscape this granite monument has been like the visible heart of gay life in the city for twenty-five years already. To celebrate this momentous occasion there’ll be a birthday party on the monument on the fifth of May, with cake, champagne and music. A week earlier a fund-raising campaign starts to keep the Homomonument alive.
Every time somebody gets bashed, or chased out of his neighborhood, the call for tough measures gets louder and people think harder about what solutions would work best to counter homophobe behavior. Often people come to the conclusion that schools ought to do more with homosexuality.