Straight Dutch politicians are sending a message to homophobes in their country and throughout the world. A couple of weeks ago, a gay couple Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes were set upon by a group of thugs just because they were seen holding hands. This happened in the city of Arnhem. The couple was hospitalised. Amongst the attackers was a 14 year old boy.
Lodewijk Asscher, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Labor Party made a stand as part of the campaign, posting a photo to Twitter.
Alexander Pechtold, leader of the Democrats 66 party, also joined in, posting a photo to Twitter in which he is holding hadns with party member Wouter Koolmees.
The leader wrote: “Stop violence against gay people. #allemannenhandinhand”
The staff of the Dutch mission at the United Nations in New York also joined in, with men holding hands on the way to a protest against homophobia.
Police officers in the country also got in on the movement.
The King of the Netherlands recently made a historic visit to a Dutch LGBTI rights group.
King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, who ascended to the throne in 2013, met with activists from COC Netherlands, a Dutch advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
The visit, thought to be the first time the acting monarch has made a visit to an LGBT group, came as COC celebrated its 70th anniversary.
His wife, Queen Máxima has also attended LGBT rights conferences in the past.The Netherlands has long been a progressive beacon, becoming the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2001.