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A man in Amsterdam has to leave his rented accommodation for terrorising his lesbian neighbours for a period of two years. The serious inconvenience the man caused his neighbours over the past two years was discussed in depth at court.

Oct 2017       
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Since 1984, Gert Hekma was the figurehead of Gay and Lesbian Studies at the University of Amsterdam. This year, however, sees his retirement. Gert Hekma has now officially left the sociology and anthropology department of the University of Amsterdam. With giving the annual Mosse Lecture on the 20th of September he will say his official goodbyes to Gay and Lesbian Studies, which was set up in 1984.

Sep 2017       
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COC Netherlands calls on the Jehovah's Witnesses organisation to remove an LGBTI hostile video from their website, and have a conversation with the gay interest group.

Jul 2017       
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Leo Varadkar is the new Prime Minister (PM) of the Republic of Ireland. This makes him the youngest Irish PM ever with a migrant background as well as being openly gay. Varadkar came out of the closet in 2015, four months prior to the referendum in which a majority of the Irish voted in favour of the opening up of marriage for same-sex couples.

Jun 2017       
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On behalf of the municipality of Amsterdam and the Bestuurlijk Overleg Zwerfjongeren, The Netherlands centre for social development Movisie will map the problems of homeless Dutch LGBTI youth. Unique to this research is the fact that some of the researchers were previously homeless themselves.

Jun 2017       
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A pastor in Brunswick, Georgia, USA, who was fiercely campaigning against gay and transgender rights, was at the end of April sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for sexual molestation of a fifteen-year-old boy and girl.

Jun 2017       
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In the SBS6 TV show Hart van Nederland, transgender woman Jessica tells the horrible tale of her being taken hostage and abused. Five suspects are now in custody. Jessica has shared her story on television because ‘this ordeal should not happen to anyone in the future’. Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and COC Netherlands responded in absolute horror.

Jun 2017       
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Homosexual men often feel a barrier in participating in team or contact sports such as football. This is revealed by a study on LGBTI's in sports by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), which was published last March 9.

Apr 2017       
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Over the last decade XXXLeather has become a household name in the Amsterdam leather and rubber fetish scene, and in 2013 XXXLeather introduced the Mister XXXLeather election. The first Misters XXXLeather were Charlie J. Rahinman, Arnaud Housenard, and Nick Dawson, who all three have put XXXL on the map, both nationally and internationally. More and more (young) leather and rubber men from abroad now know how to find their way to XXXL, so Mister XXXLeather 2017 was a vacancy that needed to be filled.

Apr 2017       
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The municipality of Tholen in the Zeeland province will dedicate itself to the advancement of social acceptance and safety of LGBTs, and in particular of LGBT youth. It is a remarkable step, as in recent years the municipality has been in the news because of its LGBT unfriendly policies.

Mar 2017       
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Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN) and COC Netherlands will start registering the problems transgender asylum encounter with care, housing, discrimination, and safety.

Jan 2017       
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Various municipalities organize information meetings in refugee centres to increase the acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) among refugees. ‘It is important that municipalities think carefully about how to organize information for asylum seekers. Interventions may not work at all or even backfire. The group's attitude towards LGBTs then will become more negative instead of more positive.’

Dec 2016       
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Two youngsters who have founded a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at their schools were nominated for an award. Costas Vermeer, pupil of secondary modern school Pieter Nieuwland College in Amsterdam was nominated by magazine 7Days for the Youngster of the Year Award.

Dec 2016       
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The national football associations of Belgium, England, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Northern-Ireland, Scotland and Turkey, and the UEFA and FARE were present at The European Diversity Statement event in the Amsterdam ArenA last month.

Dec 2016       
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The English Football Association has suspended Andre Gray for four matches because of a number of tweets, including one with homophobic content. According to the Football Association (FA), the Burnley player was found guilty of discrediting football as well as discrimination. Gray has issued a former apology, and both he and his club accept the disciplinary action.

Nov 2016       
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The Human Rights Council of the UN has taken an historic decision with the appointment of the Thai human rights expert Vitit Muntarbhorn as the first ever Independent Expert for LGBTs. He will be in charge of combating violence and discrimination against LGBTs, and the promotion of advancing their human rights.

Nov 2016       
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There will be more clarity about the regulations on multi-parenthood early December. Minister Van der Steur made this promise to gay interest group COC when Ouders van Nu, Meer dan Gewenst, and COC offered him a petition.

Nov 2016       
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“Many of the people in the meeting group for older homosexual men in the Soviet-Union were blackmailed, ‘treated’ or intimidated by the police in their younger years. They truly were criminalised, but now we fortunately can embrace life with each other, be ourselves, and take care of each other.” These are the words of Alexei Marcicov from Moldavia, who has been organising for some years a meeting group for gay men - unique for the region.

Sep 2016       
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Patient Organization Transvisie presented its research into care for transgender people in the Netherlands. The research specifically studied the consequences of the long waiting list in the Netherlands. On average, patients wait 18-24 months for help. 26% of transgender women and 7% of transgender men are self-medicating, with serious consequences.

Aug 2016       
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With the hoisting of the rainbow flag on the square in front of the County House it is now official: As of July 6, Drenthe is the first Rainbow County of the Netherlands. With the flag, the parliament of Drente wants to give a clear message that it is committed to the safety, resilience and social acceptance of LGBTs.’ Everyone counts in Drente.’

Aug 2016       
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Pink Pistols is an American national arms club for homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals. The organisation has seen a doubling of memberships after the shooting at a gay club in Orlando.

Aug 2016       
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Gays and lesbians seem increasingly accepted in Western society. Especially since legal restrictions have been abolished over the last decades, and same-sex marriage has become possible in ever more countries. However, not everyone is willing to accept these developments.

Jul 2016       
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The extremist and ultra-orthodox Jew Yishai Shlissel was found guilty of murder and six murder attempts. On June 30, 2015, he attacked six people during the Jerusalem Gay Pride, after which a 16-year-old girl died of her injuries. The degree of the punishment has not been established yet.

Jun 2016       
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EU member states are strengthening their mutual hate crime approach and will improve the help for victims. Methods used to record and report hate crimes will now be interchanged via an online compendium. Minister Ard van der Steur and director Michael O’Flaherty of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) launched the website in Amsterdam during an EU conference on hate crime.

Jun 2016       
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Of the respondents in the LGBT AmsterdamPinkPanel, 25% has had to deal with an unsafe situation in 2014. It mostly concerned verbal abuse and / or experiencing a hostile atmosphere. Only one in ten LGBTs actually reported the incident to the police. This is the result of the annual neighbourhood survey 2015 of COC Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam (UvA) by the AmsterdamPinkPanel (APP).

Jun 2016       
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Gay interest group COC Netherlands is extremely disappointed that the Dutch cabinet will not provide separate and safe shelter for LGBT asylum seekers in distress, as the Dutch Lower House requested. This is the response of COC Netherlands in a letter to State Secretary Klaas Dijkhoff.

May 2016       
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In general, homosexuality, church and religion always were a troublesome combination. From the stake, hangings from high buildings to life imprisonment. But the times are changing.

May 2016       
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Mario Stam, councillor in Schiedam, presented the Jillis Bruggeman Medal to Michael van Praag. The President of the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) was rewarded with this medal because of his active support of the fight against discrimination and for showing respect on the playing field. He also is a great advocate of LGBT emancipation in general.

May 2016       
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The Turkish national football association has to pay a former referee EUR 7,300 for discharging him because of his orientation. The association denies that he was let go because he is gay, but that his "shortcomings" were at fault here.

Feb 2016       
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Gay men (5.5%) and bisexual men (4.9%) are more often bullied online than heterosexual men (2.8%). Gays are confronted with online spreading of personal photos, clips or gossip three times as much, at 1.5%, according to a survey by Statistic Netherlands (CBS).

Feb 2016       
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The court in Lelystad has convicted two former inhabitants of Lelystad to one year of solitary confinement in the cold case pertaining to the death of Les Strijder. The two brothers were convicted for battery. Strijder later died from the effects of the abuse.

Feb 2016       
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Last year Health Minister Marisol Touraine announced that PrEP, the preventative taking of HIV inhibitors, will become available in France. By doing so, France sets a new course in HIV prevention. COC Netherlands, Aids Fonds, and Soa Aids Netherlands have also advocated the country wide availability of PrEP.

Jan 2016       
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Minister Bussemaker (Education, Culture and Science) urges people and organisations to file a report against the headmaster of the Islamic University in Rotterdam. He is regularly and publicly making hateful statements about Kurds, Jews and homosexuals. The Minister informed the Lower House during question time that she would prefer filing a report herself, but that this is not possible for legal reasons.

Jan 2016       
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British Prime Minister David Cameron advocates striking homosexuality from the Criminal Law. He did so during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta, where all countries that are a member of the Commonwealth were present. The meeting was opened by Queen Elizabeth of Great-Britain.

Jan 2016       
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The Kafkabrigade founded a complaints office to map gender registration difficulties. It was founded at the request of the Ministries of Safety & Justice, and Education, Culture and Science. For its complaints office, the Kafkabrigade is looking for stories of civilians who experienced problems with gender registration. The Kafkabrigade will then map the problems and possible solutions with the persons concerned on the basis of their stories.

Jan 2016       
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The general feeling of safety among lesbian women, homosexual men and bisexuals (LGBs) in the region Kennemerland in the Dutch province North-Holland seems quite stable. Yet one out of three LGB respondents in the Pink Panel Kennemerland personally was confronted with LGB hostility. This is a finding in the report ‘Incident wordt trend’ of Bureau Discriminatiezaken Kennemerland (Discriminatory Affairs Agency Kennemerland).

Dec 2015       
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SWOA will be the first public welfare organisation in the Netherlands that has been granted the Pink Passkey. SWOA is also the first organisation in Arnhem to receive this quality mark. The Pink Passkey (Roze Loper) is a quality mark for LGBT-friendly organizations for seniors. I

Nov 2015       
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When asking the British to put themselves on a ‘sexuality scale’ from exclusively straight to exclusively gay, almost a quarter indicates they are not 100% percent straight – and among youth from 18-24, this percentage has even risen to 49%.

Oct 2015       
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Gay interest group COC Netherlands is of the opinion that the city of Amsterdam's decision to strike gender registration in forms as much as legally possible, is a step in the right direction and a good example for other Dutch municipalities.

Oct 2015       
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COC Netherlands wants Europe to come with a European emancipation policy for LGBTs and people with an intersex condition. COC Netherlands has made this appeal in a letter to Commissioner Frans Timmermans, the former Dutch Foreign Minister, who is now responsible for human rights.

Sep 2015       
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The Netherlands Institute for Human Rights is of the opinion that the refusal by the West Beemster Sports Association to accept a transboy is an act of discrimination.

Aug 2015       
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Last May, Professor Wendy Schrama argued in Dutch newspaper Trouw that lesbian parenthood is an example of ‘egalitarianism gone too far.’ This swipe at lesbian parenthood is incomprehensible according to Tanja Ineke and Phillip Tijsma of COC Netherlands, in a response to the article in Trouw.

Jul 2015       
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The American Boy Scouts in New York may get into trouble for openly appointing a homosexual as leader. The policy of this youth movement states that only members that are under-aged can be openly gay.

May 2015       
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A new location was found for the International Gay Monument in The Hague. At the insistence of COC Haaglanden, and with the cooperation of political parties D66 and VVD, the monument now gets a prominent place close to the Koekamp near The Hague Central Station.

Apr 2015       
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The social networking site Facebook, which always claimed to be pro-LGBT, has once again severely disappointed the gay, and in particular the trangender community. This time it is because it has allowed a page that targeted a transgender girl who committed suicide for not fitting in.

Feb 2015       
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Apple's senior official Tim Cook is 'proud to be gay'. He writes so in a contribution to the American magazine Businessweek. It is the first time Mr. Cook publicly spoke about his homosexuality. By doing so, he wants to contribute to the fight for equality.

Dec 2014       
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The marriages of same-sex couples will not be recognised by Italy if the marriage celebration took place in a foreign country. Foreign Affairs Minister Angelino Alfano announced that he would sign a decision on it and send it to the municipalities.

Nov 2014       
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Jan van Asch is leaving COC Amsterdam after a period of four years on the board, with the last two years as president. “I am proud of all our volunteers, who have put their heart and soul into the emancipation and acceptance of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in Amsterdam.”

Sep 2014       
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This was the sentence for 45-year-old German Michael Schneider. The police spoke of 'a horror show'. Schneider was not convicted for manslaughter, but for causing bodily harm resulting in death.

Aug 2014       
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The president/dictator of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, announced in response to the US lowering the amount of developing aid that residents of Uganda will see higher and new taxes. He now wants to tax vital products such as bread, vegetables, rice, and water. These taxes will result in an increase in hatred of homosexuals.

Aug 2014       
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According to the Eindhovens Dagblad, a spokesperson of the archbishopric Utrecht has stated that the presentation of the photo comic book ‘Zonde’ by Ype Driessen in the Sint Willibrordkerk ‘has not been cancelled because of his homosexuality, but because the title and the promotional text of his book’.

Jul 2014       
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This summer, the Dutch-Russian team Walking Together will participate in the Annual Four Day Walking Event in Nijmegen. Walking Together consists of GLBT activists from Nijmegen and various cities in the Russian Federation. During the summer festivities, the local Pink House will show works by Russian artists.

Jul 2014       
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Malta's parliament has voted in favour of a bill to make a form of partnership registration and adoptions possible for same-sex couples. The bill of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat's party (Labour) was supported by 37 members of parliament. The 30 members of the opposition party (Nationalist Party) abstained.

Jun 2014       
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The MiND, the new complaints point on internet discrimination, filed complaints that were submitted on a near-daily basis, and of which 7% were about sexual orientation.

Jun 2014       
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IHLIA, the international gay/lesbian library, archive, information and documentation center, will take over the archives of the master pianist Youri Egorov (1954-1988), who died of AIDS.

Jun 2014       
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The Roze Loper, the first Dutch certificate for (home) care institutions to deal with sexual diversity with regard to residents and employees, has expanded internationally. The German Frankfurter Verband was the first foreign care facility that received a Roze Loper certificate.

May 2014       
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Estonia wants to give homosexuals more equal rights. At the moment, a group consisting of representatives of four parties in the Estonian parliament are working on a bill that will allow same-sex couples to enter into a legal partnership.

May 2014       
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The evangelical organisation Living Waters Australia has explained in a newsletter to its supporters that its activities will cease. The organisation offers a form of pseudo-psychotherapy to ‘liberate people from unwanted gay feelings.’

May 2014       
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Amsterdam has another health care organisation: Gay Care Amsterdam. It is the first home care organisation that concentrates on homosexual men, lesbian women, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT’s).

May 2014       
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The increase in the number of gay asylum seekers in Belgium put those who have to evaluate their files in an increasingly difficult position. How do you prove homosexuality? In Poland they prove it with psychiatric observation. Belgium asks rude questions: "When did you have anal and/or oral sex for the first time?"

Apr 2014       
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