Queer Muslim platform Stichting Maruf is the winner of the Roze Lieverdje 2018. Every other year, GroenLinks Amsterdam awards this little statue to a person or organization that has committed itself to LGBTI+ emancipation in Amsterdam in a remarkable way.?
GroenLinks Amsterdam party leader Rutger Groot Wassink: “As long as there is violence or discrimination against LGBTI people, we need to hearten people who stand up for the improvement of their position in society. With this award, we want put people and organizations that are committed to this in the spotlight.”
Stichting Maruf offers a safe meeting place for queer Muslims, where their faith and sexual or gender identity can go hand in hand. Jury chairwoman of the Roze Lieverdje Tirza de Fockert: “For five consecutive years, this organization has been working for a group of Amsterdammers who often struggle with discrimination within multiple communities.
Founders Dounia Jari and Dino Suhonic give this bi-cultural group of LGBTI people a safe haven and guide them to self-acceptance. At the same time, they seek to establish a connection with other groups in society and in the public debate also fight for the rights of queer Muslims.”
Three other candidates were nominated for the Roze Lieverdje: trans rights activist Ana Paula Lima, pink pastor Wielie Elhorst, and the founder of Pink Marrakesh Nassiri Belaraj. After the announcement of the four nominees, people could vote for their favourite candidate. In the end, more than 1,000 Amsterdammers cast their vote. Previous winners of the award were police spokeswoman Ellie Lust, cabaret artist Dolly Bellefleur, and drag queen Lady Galore.