Gays experience discrimination in Amsterdam

15th May 2008, Comments 0 comments

About 58 percent of gay people feel they have been discriminated against in 2008, reports survey.

15 May 2008

AMSTERDAM - An Amsterdam Council survey shows that 58 percent of gay people in the capital felt they had been the victims of discrimination in 2008, reports NRC Handelsblad.

In 2003, there were 32 reports of violent attacks on homosexuals, the figure rose to 119 in 2007.

About a quarter of Amsterdammers as a whole felt they had been discriminated against in 2007, with the numbers noticeably higher in the Surinamese (38 percent), Turkish (39 percent), and Moroccan (52 percent) communities.

An Amsterdam councillor is quoted as saying: "Amsterdam is one of the leaders in tackling discrimination. These figures demonstrate that our policies have to be made even tougher."

[Radio Netherlands / Mike Wilcox / Expatica]

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