"Christian groups still hostile to gays"

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1 June 2007, THE HAGUE – The new cabinet should take measures to encourage acceptance of homosexuality among Turkish and Moroccan youth. Gay rights organisation COC urged more action from the government on Friday.

1 June 2007

THE HAGUE – The new cabinet should take measures to encourage acceptance of homosexuality among Turkish and Moroccan youth. Gay rights organisation COC urged more action from the government on Friday.

The organisation says that various Christian groups also continue to be hostile to gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals.

COC thinks that better education on the topic is the first step to improving the view on homosexuals among Muslims and Christian groups. Chairman of COC Frank van Dalen says that many schools ignore the problem of discrimination against homosexuals.

Van Dalen wants teachers to stop tolerating negative remarks about homosexuals from students. Schools must also start taking complaints from students seriously. He says that many institutions do not make it easy to complain about this kind of discrimination.

The cabinet should also do more to involve the sport world in combating homophobia. The COC says there is a lot to be gained in this area.

Professional sport can serve as a good example, Van Dalen says. He accuses the national football association (KNVB) of keeping homosexuality a taboo subject. He is dismayed that the association does not even address homophobia in its training programme for referees.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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