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2016/11/24 – LGBT visit King Willem-Alexander followed ‘from Uganda to Appingedam’.

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King Willem-Alexander visited on Tuesday in Amsterdam the Dutch headoffice of LGBT, founded 70 yearsago. “That’s really very special,” said President Tanja Ineke, “because it is the first time in the world that a crowned head of state visits the LGBT community.” His visit is also followed “from Uganda to Appingedam” according to Ineke. She sees it as an honor and recognition for all that the the Dutch LGBT has achieved over the past 70 years. “It’s a huge boost for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the Netherlands and around the world.” In those 70 years, much has been achieved, but it can always be better, she thinks. As is ‘gay’ is still a widely used term of abuse in schools and discrimination against lhbt’ers not explicitly prohibited in the Constitution. And is the world still banned in 72 countries homosexuality.

‘Very cool’

The king allowed himself to catch a group of young people on projects they are developing in their schools. One of them was Nick Vijn. He thinks that schools increased visibility and attention should be paid LGBT’ers. “In the Netherlands we think too much in booths and if you are just outside, you’ll be pushed.” More visibility would prevent, according to him.
Because homosexuality is not accepted in many countries, he finds it “very cool from the king that he is coming to LGBT.” “The king is still a preview, so if you see that the king is going to this organization, this is really a helping hand.”

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Punishable

Souad Boumedien, one of the initiators of the Moroccan boat at the Gay Pride, was also at the meeting. She hopes that the visit of King Willem-Alexander has also affected countries outside the Netherlands. Such as Morocco, where homosexuality is still punishable. “The COC has existed for 70 years. That’s a very nice number, but they are still there because it is not finished. 70 years ago we could not openly be who we wanted to be. So there is already much changed and is beautiful . But it can always be better, and that’s our goal. “

Purple bracelets
During the conversation it turned out that the king’s daughters too are well aware of initiatives such as the Gay-Straight Alliance, Purple Friday and anti-bullying program in schools. The purple bracelets he was offered as a gift for his three daughters he seemed to know all of Amalia.

‘LGBT royal visit is important in times of increasing aggression’

a2Sixty years ago, when I was young, homosexuality was completely taboo. The word did not exist,. There were only some weird gestures that you could specify that you suspected that someone was gay,” says the 84-year-old Gerda Tok. It is this afternoon at the visit of King Willem-Alexander of LGBT Netherlands, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the gay liberation movement. “I’m excited, but it’s a bit exciting,” she says in the NOS Radio 1 News. She wants to tell the king especially about what she does for the gay movement. “I give information to schools in Friesland, where youths are trained to care. We tell it how it used to be gay. There the young people have no idea.” Just people who work in health care can play an important role, says Tok. “Elderly gays are still bullied into nursing homes. Not by the staff but by the elderly themselves. They have nothing to do. Is there someone inside that says little about his or her life, then they begin to guess.” The visit of King Willem-Alexander is a festive recognition.

Historian and former politician Coos Huijssen:
a1It is the first time that the LGTB receives a visit from a head of state. It is an important gesture, says historian and former politician Coos Huijsen. “Both from the standpoint of the king and that of gay themselves. The king wants the heart of the nation’s sympathy with everyone. And for the gay, a discriminated group, it feels like recognition. A little solidarity of the head of state.” Huijsen also notes that there are now very different attitudes towards homosexuality. “About forty years ago I came it was completely taboo. Gradually it has become acceptable first parliamentarian in the world out of the closet.. The COC was founded in 1946, but only the organization was recognized in the 70s. And with the visit of the king, we are one step further. This is a festive recognition “. Before let Huijsen noticed that he believes that the LGBT the predicate should get royal. “That was mainly meant to titillate. I understand that this can happen only if an organization has at least a hundred years.”

Nephew out of the closet
a3Real examples of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) are still been very little in the royal families in the world. “In the UK, has recently become a cousin of the queen out of the closet. That gave little surprised reactions and there was especially sympathetic. Britain’s Prince William has publicly supported the LGBT community and King Harald of Norway has in a speech full attention.” The visit of Willem-Alexander to the LGBT comes at an important time, says Huijsen. “We see the last ten or fifteen years, the aggression on the streets is increasing and increasingly made more jokes a decline in the public domain in the acceptance of gay people.. That makes this royal gesture even more important.”

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