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The Palestinian Authority (PA) has prohibited all meetings of the LGBTQ organization Al-Qaws on the West Bank. This was reported by The Jerusalem Post. > read more

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In Tamil Nadu, the government has issued a Regulation on the basis of which non-essential operations on sex characteristics of babies and children are prohibited, except in the case of a life-threaten.. > read more

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State Secretary Paul Blokhuis wants to start a conversation within his party about same-sex marriage. He is a member of the Dutch socially-conservative Christian party the Christenunie (CU). > read more

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On June 28, 1969, the police raided the gay bar the Stonewall Inn. Raids were not uncommon then, and while the visitors usually went peacefully, they opposed the cops that evening. It was the beginnin.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 9 min.

On paper, the Netherlands is an LGBTI-friendly country, but in practice, LGBTIs do not all feel free to be who they are. This is the conclusion of a survey by TV News programme EenVandaag among three .. > read more

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Astrid Oostenburg, President of gay interest group COC Netherlands, and Philip Tijsma (Chairman of COC's working group Politics) called on the Dutch government and parliament to anchor gay rights in t.. > read more

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A year after its introduction, the Dutch Immigration and Nationalisation Service (IND) still has poor implementation of the new asylum policy for LGBTIs. Dutch interest group COC Netherlands (COC) ill.. > read more

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The Dutch Lower House is positive about the appointment of discrimination investigators at the police. This became apparent early July during a vote on a proposal from Vera Bergkamp (D66), Kirsten van.. > read more

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The gay revolution broke loose in the years following 1969, and it was certainly a left-wing movement: much needed to change, and some of it completely. What had to be done differently throughout Euro.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 9 min.

A report from Glaad shows that the Trump administration has been guilty of gay and transgender discrimination of and attacks on gay and transgender people on more than 100 occasions since Donald Trump.. > read more

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The Kenyan Supreme Court has ruled that the statutory articles making homosexuality in Kenya a crime are not unconstitutional, resulting in homosexual acts in Kenia remaining illegal and punishable wi.. > read more

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New York gets a statue for two champions of transgender rights, Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. According to Mayor De Blasio, it will be one of the first monuments for Transgenders ever. > read more

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The Trump administration is working on a bill that will make healthcare and protection largely impossible for transgender people. It is the umpteenth anti-transgender and anti-gay bill that is introdu.. > read more

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On February 22, 1943, the twenty-four-year-old Hans Scholl, his twenty-one-year-old sister Sophie, and their twenty-three-year-old fellow fighter Christoph Probst were executed by means of guillotine .. > read more

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Perhaps gay life in Europe in the 1920s became somewhat livelier, but with the rise of Hitler and the Nazis it certainly became bleaker when murder became the rule. In its initial phase after 1917 the.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 8 min.

LGBTI interest groups COC Netherlands, TNN and NNID are angry about the unambitious "action plan" against anti-LGBTI violence that Minister Grapperhaus (Security) has sent to the Dutch Lower House las.. > read more

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Between June 27 and July 12, 1942, four pamphlets were distributed by post under several hundred “carefully chosen” people in Germany. The anonymous pamphlets, in rather high-spirited and highly i.. > read more

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What influence did all those innovations on the subject of homosexuality we discussed last month have? The old narrative of sodomy, fornication, pederasty and tribadism disappeared and gave way to a n.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 9 min.

A social services employee in the Dutch town of Bunschoten suggested to one of the town's inhabitants that it would be better if he left the community. "Because being gay is still an issue, if you kno.. > read more

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Rob Jetten is concerned about the emancipation of the LGBT community. Lesbian women, homosexual men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people sometimes take a step back under pressure from cultural .. > read more

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This year, the Pride is dedicated to the history of the before and after of the Stonewall riots (end of June 1969), which many gay - and straight - people view as the beginning of the gay movement. In.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 9 min.

For young people it is difficult to imagine that the most important place for men to have gay sex in the period before 1970 was in public urinals and sometimes parks. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 6 min.

Gay lobby group COC Netherlands has again asked for an investigation into the penalisation of homosexuals in the 20th century. The COC is making this urgent request in a letter to the Dutch Lower Hous.. > read more

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VVD State Secretary Mark Harbers (Asylum) promised improvements to the implementation of the government's LGBTI asylum policy during a debate in the Lower House. > read more

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There will be a large and independent international investigation into the human rights violations in Chechnya and includes the persecution of homosexuals in this Russian Republic. The investigation w.. > read more

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IHLIA with pride. Forty years of IHLIA, the forty years from “Lesbian Archives” and “Homodok” to the LGBT Heritage Centre. IHLIA is on the look-out for a new generation that will bring the cen.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 9 min.

In his famous anthology from Dutch nineteenth and twentieth century poetry in thousand and some poems (1979), the compiler, Gerrit Komrij, used the maximum number of ten poems by Johan Andreas Dèr Mo.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 11 min.

Three organizations on Curaçao that are fighting for equal rights and sexual diversity, presented a bill to Parliament during Gay Pride in the capital Willemstad. This bill should make same-sex marri.. > read more

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In the nearly forty years I have worked for gay magazines, either as an contributor or editor, I have interviewed a large number of people who are no longer with us. In 1990, for instance, I visited f.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 6 min.

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 devel.. > read more

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Last July, Deutsche Post issued a special stamp on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Dr. Magnus Hirschfeld (1868-1935) as the founder of the first LGBTI organization in the world. This is the v.. > read more

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In view of the sheer size of European royal families it was to be expected - and although you will never know for sure with that aristocratic restraint - probably sooner than later: a same-sex marriag.. > read more

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“Those were the gays my friend / They fought so fervently / Against taboos and drab clichés / With their persistent drive / They have liberated us...” These lines by Amsterdam gay icon Dolly Bell.. > read more

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None of the remaining documents about the Stijkel group mention homosexuality, nor their personal lives. Schorer was extremely cautious and discreet in mentioning other homosexuals, as it was somethin.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 11 min.

From July 23 till July 27, scientists, policy-makers, activists and politicians will travel to Amsterdam for the largest global health conference: AIDS 2018. They gather for the twenty-second time to .. > read more

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“That he (= the homosexual), out of love for the fatherland and for his fellow man was no less involved in bygone war years is more than clearly evident. There are, among other things, numerous acco.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 14 min.

Disappointment for hundreds of Cuban asylum seekers. There will be no situation report on Cuba. LGBT Asylum Support is extremely disappointed that there will be no thematic situation report made on LG.. > read more

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In a letter to Mark Harbers of Asylum (VVD), COC Netherlands calls on the state secretary to make getting asylum in the Netherlands easier for LGBTIs from Cuba. According to the gay interest organizat.. > read more

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On Friday, February 2, Ali Erol, a prominent Turkish human rights activist and a founder of Kaos GL Association, Turkey’s first registered GLBT organization, was arrested and detained in a home he s.. > read more

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Austria has stricken the law that hinders the introduction of gay marriage. The Constitutional Court ruled that same-sex partners can get married from 2019 onwards. > read more

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Gert Hekma delivered the sixteenth annual Mosse Lecture. We already published the first part, and now follows the second and last installment, for What did fifty years of gay acceptance actually bring.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 12 min.

The parliament of the Dutch county Limburg has declared the province a Rainbow Province. A Rainbow Province is a county that will implement policy to advance the safety and rights of the LGBTI communi.. > read more

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Prime Minister Eugene Rhuggenaath of Curaçao, and independent country within the Dutch commonwealth, held a speech at the opening of Curaçao Pride, calling for more LGBTI acceptance in an inclusive .. > read more

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In the past few weeks at least 50 people were imprisoned during raids against the LGBTI community in the former Soviet republic. Various sources in the region have reported that, in the past few week.. > read more

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COC Netherlands is extremely concerned about the forthcoming appointment of Pete Hoekstra by President Donald Trump as US ambassador to the Netherlands. Hoekstra is known for his anti-gay views. > read more

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The 45 Rainbow Cities want to continue their policy aimed at increasing social acceptance and the emancipation and security of LGBTIs. This intention is recorded in the declaration of intent Van Regen.. > read more

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Legal recognition of gender equality is gaining a bigger foothold in Europe. Same-sex partners are getting more access to more and more rights in more and more European countries. This is evidenced by.. > read more

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On March 31st, Gilbert Baker died in his sleep in his house in New York City. He was sixty-five years of age. “The cause of death is hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease,” Julie.. > read more

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In the new Dutch Lower House there are now seven openly LGBTI MPs. Eleven so-called rainbow candidates were also elected - candidates who had registered with COCs election website GayVote, indicating .. > read more

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The German government has approved the rehabilitation of men convicted of homosexual acts under section 175 of the Criminal Code in post-war Germany, as suggested in a bill by Justice Minister Heiko M.. > read more

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Anniversaries are celebrated with gusto in many COC departments. Some even considered it a good idea to write down their own history and publish a book for educational and entertainment purposes. At b.. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 10 min.

In the Russian autonomous republic of Chechnya homosexuals are widely persecuted because of their sexual orientation, independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta reports. The information has been confirmed by.. > read more

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As of last March same-sex couples can get married in Finland. This means that marriage is now opened up for same-sex couples throughout Scandinavia. A bill to make marriage for same-sex couples possib.. > read more

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The CDA party convention unanimously backed a proposal on the inclusion of an explicit prohibition of LGBTI discrimination in the Constitution. With this, a majority in parliament for such a ban is fi.. > read more

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The United Nations General Assembly again gave its support to the independent LGBT human rights expert at the UN. A proposal by Burkina Faso to make the expert's work impossible was voted out. In coop.. > read more

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News comes and goes, usually only the 'main' news-items are remembered, such as the Orlando shootings. But as the smaller news items usually bear as much sorrow and greef as for the people concerning .. > read more

History & Politics lengte: 15 min.

The COC is positive about the first steps that were announced by the government in order to limit gender registration. COC Netherlands has been advocating this since November 2015. The interest groups.. > read more

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On the eve of the unification of Germany, the citizens of the Prussian capital Berlin attentively followed the reports on a serious sex crime. On a cold Sunday afternoon in January 1869, the five-year.. > read more

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Corine van Dun (63) is 46th on the D66 candidate's list for next year's Lower House elections. Van Dun is President of Transgender Netwerk Nederland (TNN). > read more

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Botswana expelled an American hate preacher and made him persona non grata after he called on the government to kill all homosexuals in Botswana in a local radio show. The organisation LeGaBiBo played.. > read more

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