Today I wanted to write about how it is to be homosexual or transsexual in The Netherlands. Because most of my readers are from a different country, I want to share my experience and some facts.
Living in the Netherlands as a gay person is pretty good, we have gay rights, we can marry each other. The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage since 1 April 2001. For me it is normal that I can marry the person I love, bud sadly for a lot of people who live in other countries is it still illegal to marry someone of the same sex. I can’t imagine that. For me it is normal and I don’t have to worry about it. Luckily more and more countries are joining the same-sex marriage law 😀
When you are transsexual you can change your name and gender, you just need some doctor rapports. Also, sex/gender reassignment surgery is allowed. I even know a friend who is trans and had surgery.
I can be open about my sexuality, I have never experienced hate towards me in person. Of course, there is still homophobia outside and there will always be people who won’t accept me, but I never had a bad experience when I came out to someone. I can be proud of my sexuality, when I get a girlfriend ( yeah sadly I’m still single) will I feel safe to hold her hand in public, but I know that isn’t for everyone in The Netherlands. I know stories of homosexuals who have been beaten up for loving someone of the same sex. Also at schools homophobia can be a problem for LGBT kids. Luckily we have a lot of support groups in the Netherlands who are trying to make it better. Even when it is already safe for us they are still fighting for us, that makes me happy. They work for people in the Netherlands but also fight for LGBT people in other countries. When I figured out that I was a lesbian I could find all the help I needed.
Gay Pride Amsterdam
Every year we have a gay pride in Amsterdam, I have been there last year for the first time and it was great! The first Gay pride was in 1996 and from then on it will be every year in the first weekend of August. The streets of Amsterdam will turn into the rainbow colors. The festival will go on for more than a week, with music and a lot of different activities. With the big ending the Canal parade. With around 80 decorated boats, they will sail through the Amsterdam canals to celebrate our pride! If you once will visit the Netherlands and you have the time to visit the pride? Then please go because it will be a happy experience!
The Netherlands is a good place for LGBT people
Generally, The Netherlands is one of the friendliest countries to live in as an LGBT, of course, it always can be better. But I can say as a lesbian that I feel safe and I know that a lot of people will share that opinion. A lot of countries can learn from us that is one fact, I hope that in the future articles like this will be unnecessary and that it will be all the same for all of us. I understand that it still will take a lot of time. But the future is ours !!