– 30 States In The US Ban All Types Of Unions Except One-Man-One-Woman Couples
– Gay Rights Rally In Russia Ends With Clashes, Arrests
– Iran Arrests ‘Network Of Homosexuals and Satanists’ At Birthday Party
These are just three random headlines from news articles that I read some time ago. To be honest, these articles make me sad, leave me speechless. And believe me, I’m a talker, you’ve to pull out all the stops to get me to stop talking. We’re faced with negativity surrounding this subject almost every day.
Whether we read it in the newspaper, see it on TV, or worse, when LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) discrimination and violence happens closer to home.
But I’m not writing this to take you on a trip down memory lane, I think the web is full with negativity as it is. No, I’m writing this blog post to give you an insight in probably one of the most important events in the Netherlands.
Do I think that the country where I was born and raised in is completely liberated and free of LGBT discrimination and violence? Absolutely not.
But there are a few days a year when it really doesn’t matter if you’re old, young, homosexual or heterosexual, as hundreds of thousands of visitors enter the capital city of Amsterdam to party at the Gay Pride Festival.
Hotels and other accommodation are fully booked months ahead, as everyone wants to come and celebrate that it’s perfectly okay to be who you are.
The highlight of the festival is the boat parade, and seriously, that is a happening! The color pink, wigs, feathers and outfits extravaganza are present everywhere you look.
Loud music sounds from the boats that sail on the famous canals of Amsterdam.
Groups of friends, and even Dutch celebrities and politicians, are dancing on the heavily decorated boats like they do it every day, cheered on by the thousands of visitors that occupy the streets and bridges. Happiness and joyfulness are everywhere, as people are able to forget about all the negativity that they’re faced and will again face the day after.
But until then, Amsterdam is the setting of how it’s supposed to be in every country, all around the world.
Ugly Ducklings Inc’s Research Assistant
To read more about the festival, visit their official website, here.