25 percent of Dutch gays face hostility

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Many homosexual men and women in the Netherlands adjust their behaviour to prevent hostility from others.

However, a report from the Social and Cultural Planning Office SCPO entitled 'Not too far out of the closet' also shows that 83 percent of the Dutch population believes gays and lesbians should be free to live their lives the way they see fit.

The survey reveals that only less than 10 percent of homosexuals are not open about their sexual inclination. It reports that 92 percent of mothers and 86 percent of fathers accept their children's orientation.

Violence The SCPO survey, which was commissioned by Culture Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt, shows that about one in 20 homosexuals had faced physical violence in 2010 and 2011.

An estimated 3 percent of men and 1.4 percent of women in the Netherlands are homosexual. The number of bisexuals is higher, 6 percent among men and 16 percent among women.

Be true to yourself LGBT rights organisation COC says lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders should be able to “openly be themselves.”COC made a statement on Wednesday in reaction to the SCPO report.

Chairperson Vera Bergkamp said: ”Walking hand in hand with your partner is perfectly natural for heterosexuals, but unfortunately this is not true for lesbians and gays."

A long road Minister Van Bijsterveldt says the survey shows there is still a long way to go.

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