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Kevin Frayer, AP (File)The Dutch brass band Kleintje Pils, or Small Beer, entertains at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dutch brass band may play ‘YMCA’ at Sochi to show its support for gay rights

Saturday, January 25, 2014
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch brass band that always performs at Olympic speed skating ovals is considering playing a popular gay song — "Y.M.C.A." — at the Sochi Winter Olympics to show its support for gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Binnenhof, meeting place of the Dutch parliament in The Netherlands.

Netherlands adopts landmark gender identity law, bans forced sterilization

Thursday, December 19, 2013
THE HAUGE, Netherlands -- The Netherlands has adopted landmark legislation banning forced sterilization and allowing transgender people to change their identity on official documents with the requirement of gender reassignment surgery. [ Read more → ]
Onno Elderenbosch

Dutch diplomat beaten in Moscow, attackers leave ‘LGBT’ scrawled on mirror

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
MOSCOW -- A Dutch diplomat was beaten up by two unidentified men who barged into his apartment in central Moscow, leaving behind a heart and the acronym “LGBT” scrawled on a mirror in lipstick. [ Read more → ]

Thousands of gay rights activists in Amsterdam protest Russian policy

Sunday, August 25, 2013
AMSTERDAM — More than 2,000 gay rights supporters protested in Amsterdam's largest square Sunday, carrying signs, singing songs and chanting slogans to condemn the Russian government's homosexuality policies. [ Read more → ]

Amsterdam floods pink for annual Gay Pride festival

Saturday, August 3, 2013
AMSTERDAM — Rainbow flags are flying from scores of Amsterdam buildings as tens of thousands of festival-goers, many dressed in pink or wearing studded leather, party it up at one of the city's biggest events: the annual Gay Pride celebration. [ Read more → ]

Putin faces angry protests in Amsterdam from gay rights activists

Monday, April 8, 2013
AMSTERDAM -- After getting an earful from Chancellor Angela Merkel on the importance of democratic issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Amsterdam on Monday to face an eyeful of protests from gay rights activists. [ Read more → ]

Dutch lesbian couple raising Turkish foster son go into hiding

Friday, March 15, 2013
AMSTERDAM — A Dutch lesbian couple have gone into hiding with their foster son after the boy's biological parents said on television in Turkey that they object to the pair taking care of their child. [ Read more → ]
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Website helps Dutch Catholics protest church’s opposition to gay marriage

Thursday, December 27, 2012
AMSTERDAM -- A website operator in The Netherlands is helping thousands of Dutch Catholics research information on how that can leave the church in protest of its opposition to same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Irshad Manji

Islamic extremists call for lesbian’s death

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
An Islamist group called for a Muslim lesbian author to be killed and invaded a discussion on Islam in Amsterdam last week. The mob threw eggs and called for Irshad Manji’s neck to be broken. [ Read more → ]

Dutch military participates in its first Amsterdam pride flotilla

Monday, August 8, 2011
Uniformed Members of the Dutch defense forces participated in Amsterdam's annual Gay Pride flotilla parade Saturday, on the city's historic Prinsengracht canal, for the first time since openly gay service in the Dutch forces was legalized in 1974. [ Read more → ]
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