Tag Archives: Netherlands

Holland To Spike Blasphemy Law

Press TV has the story: The Dutch parliament will approve a motion to abolish a law that criminalizes blasphemy, mainly due to strong support by the Liberal Party (VVD).  On Wednesday, a majority of parties in the Netherlands stated that the blasphemy law was no longer relevant in the 21st century. The VVD party had refused to support efforts to …

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Netherlands Grants Asylum To LGBT Iraqis

LGBT Iraqis facing persecution at home are now eligible for asylum in The Netherlands. The situation facing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in Iraq is so serious that they do now qualify for asylum in the Netherlands, immigration minister Gerd Leers said on Thursday. However, would-be refugees will have to prove they are from Iraq, the minister said in …

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Eurovision 2012: Holland’s Joan

Former Voice Of Holland contestant Joan Franka’s Eurovision 2012 entry is presently #1 on the Dutch charts. As for her Native American outfit, we’re told the song is about playing “Indians” with her five year-old friends. Cute enough track, but lacking in the Eurovision cheese. My money is still on the Bubushkis.

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NETHERLANDS: Parliament Moves To End Refusal Rights On Same-Sex Marriage

In a move that echoes an ongoing battle in New York state, this week the Dutch parliament voted to end an exemption which permits civil marriage officiants to refuse gay couples. MPs voted on Tuesday afternoon for a change in the law to prevent civil servants refusing to conduct gay marriages. It is thought to be the first time the …

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NETHERLANDS: Ten Years Of Marriage

Ten years ago this week, the Netherlands became the world’s first nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Veteran reporter Rex Wockner was in Amsterdam’s City Hall that night and today he reposts this excerpt from his report on the proceedings: Amid an international media frenzy, the weddings took place at City Hall as the law became effective at the stroke of …

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AMSTERDAM: Hundreds March In Protest Of Rise In Anti-Gay Violence

Led by well-known drag performers, hundreds marched in Amsterdam today in protest of the city’s recent rash of violence against LGBT citizens. The rally was organized by the LGBT group Right To Feel Safe. Posters with the details of each of the attacks were affixed to street poles at the incidents’ locations along the march route. A fuller account of …

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Daily Ungrumble

After just a few more hours we won’t have to hear about soccer for another four years. Of course, there’s one aspect of the sport that isn’t entirely boring.

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The All Marriage Equality World Cup

Several readers have written to note that Sunday’s World Cup final will be between Holland and Spain and will be played in South Africa. All three nations grant full marriage equality rights to their LGBT citizens. That’s pretty cool, eh? UPDATE: A reader in Italy sends us his map of this year’s World Cup participants and the status of marriage …

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You Know One When You See One

Dutch scientists say that an experiment using geometric shapes showed that homosexuals were more adept at identifying smaller shapes within larger ones, leading to the curious conclusion that there really is such a thing as gaydar. A total of 42 men and women were shown pictures of outlines of large squares and rectangles, each of which was packed with smaller …

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NETHERLANDS: Bicycle Rush Hour

According to this clip’s description, one-third of all trips in Utrecht, Netherlands are made by bicycle. The U.S. average is less than 1%.

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Gen. John Sheehan Apologizes To Dutch

Retired Gen. John Sheehan has apologized to former Dutch Chief of Staff Van den Breemen for his U.S. Senate testimony that openly gay Dutch soldiers caused the Bosnian genocide. The ANP news agency reported that Sheehan apologized in an e-mail to Van den Breemen, saying his memory of discussions they had fifteen years ago about some social issues were ‘inaccurate.’ …

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Eurovision 2010: The Netherlands’ Sieneke

This song was criticized by the Dutch public as “too old-fashioned” when it was chosen as their Eurovision 2010 entry. It is very mid-70s Euro-pop, but that’s a good thing in my book. The lead vocalist is only 17.

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Dutch ‘Pink Army’ To Sue Gen. John Sheehan Over Genocide Allegations

Last week retired US Gen. John Sheehan ridiculously claimed that the Bosnian genocide of thousands of Muslim men and boys was the result of the homo-infested Dutch army. A group of openly gay Dutch soldiers has announced their plan to sue Sheehan for libel. “Gay reproach is world news,” reads NRC Handelsblad’s weekend headline. “The fall of the Balkenende cabinet …

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The Dutch Are PISSED At Gen. Sheehan

Led by Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, the Dutch government today blasted retired U.S. Gen. John Sheehan over his claim that gay Dutch soldiers caused the Bosnian genocide. “The remarks were outrageous, wrong and beneath contempt,” Balkenende told a news conference. The Dutch Defense Ministry called Sheehan’s claims “absolute nonsense” and added that gay Dutch soldiers routinely cooperate with the …

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Gen. John Sheehan: The Bosnian Genocide Happened Because Of Gay Soldiers

Retired Gen. John Sheehan testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee today, claiming that openly gay soldiers in the Dutch military were partially responsible for the failure of the NATO peacekeeping action in Bosnia, a failure which resulted in the genocide of thousands of Muslims. The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, pressed him to clarify his …

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Gays Protest At Dutch Catholic Church

About 300 protesters, many in pink wigs and shirts, walked out of services at a Catholic church in the Netherlands yesterday in reaction a gay man being denied communion for being a hell-bound sinner. This dispute began during Dutch carnival celebrations earlier in February, when the man chosen to be carnival prince in nearby Reusel was refused communion because of …

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Dutch Studies: Newly Diagnosed HIV+ Will Have “Near Normal” Lifespans

According to a just-released pair of studies out of the Netherlands, newly diagnosed HIV+ people will live a near-normal lifespan provided they begin treatment fairly soon after infection. With that proviso, a typical person diagnosed at age 25 is expected to live another 52.2 years, yielding an average lifespan scarcely different from the uninfected. It should be noted that patients …

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World’s Weirdest Apartments

Koldcast has posted their Top 20 Weirdest Apartment Buildings, of which I really dig the above complex in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where it looks like you really could fall out of the windows.

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Amsterdam’s Mayor Weds NY Couples To Send Message To U.S.

Yesterday the mayor of Amsterdam married five bi-national couples on a gay Pride party boat to send a message to the United States about marriage equality and immigration reform. The mayor of Amsterdam married five American-Dutch gay couples on Saturday in an implicit criticism of the lack of same-sex marriage in many U.S. states. Tens of thousands of spectators cheered …

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Holland: Schools May Ban Gay Teachers

In what some say is evidence of the increasing influence of Muslims in the Netherlands, a leaked letter from the country’s Council Of State advises that the nation’s state-funded religious schools are allowed to fire gay teachers. The Council of State, the highest advisory body to the Dutch government, says religious schools can exclude gay teachers if they behave in …

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