Amsterdam is no longer the ‘gay capital’ of the world where everything is possible, but foreign homosexuals have not yet realised this, says Dennis Boutkam, chairman of the Amsterdam organisation for gay rights COC in today’s Parool newspaper.
His comments follow media reports of a number of violent incidents against homosexuals during this weekend’s annual Gay Pride parades. Amongst those attacked in Amsterdam were an Irishman and two Americans. According to today’s Volkskrant, the Irishman suffered serious injuries including a broken jaw and broken nose. Boutkam says the attacks are part of a trend of intolerance against gay people in Amsterdam.