At least 34 gay couples bullied out of their neighbourhoods

19th October 2011, Comments 2 comments

At least 34 cases in which people were harassed because of their sexual orientation until they decided to leave their neighbourhood were recorded in the first three quarters of this year.

This number is based on data collected by anti-discrimination organisations and several police forces. Twenty-nine such cases were recorded in 2010, compared to 27 a year earlier.

A total of 158 cases have been recorded so far this year. In addition to sexual inclination, motives for harassment included ethnicity 96 cases and physical disabilities 11 cases.

The sector organisation of anti-discrimination organisations says the quoted numbers are just the tip of the iceberg because, among other reasons, discrimination is not always registered or even recognised as such.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

2 Comments To This Article

  • Janneke posted:

    on 20th October 2011, 05:58:16 - Reply

    Coming from a Dutch person,
    I like to point out that right-wing and muslim are two completely different things. We currently ahve one right wing party in government (Geert Wilder's paty, PVV) which critisizes anything muslim related and would rather see all Muslims leave the country - a disgrace for Dutch politics. The right wing party is actually tolereant towards homosexuality.
    Muslims are usually left wing, because left wing parties are socialist and are more into multiculturalism. The only few parties taht would be intolerant (in terms of party goals) are a minority of conservative christian parties (center-right wing). Tolerance towards homosexuality is not so mucha right or left wing issue but rather something related to Conservatives; which can be found in both muslim and christian culture.
  • The Milkman posted:

    on 20th October 2011, 02:10:42 - Reply

    Could this be a result of the increasingly prevalent right-wing muslim population in the Netherlands?

    Holland was for so long a beacon of tolerance and hope in a world full of prejudice and bigotry. This saddens me greatly.