Sunday, December 6, 2015

Amsterdam: Separate Housing for Homosexual Refugees

Philip Tijsma of the Dutch homosexual interest group (COC) says that homosexuals and transgenders are often harassed in refugee centers.  They are spat at, insulted and threatened with violence.  They often no longer dare to leave their rooms.  After many such incidents, Amsterdam has decided to locate LHBT refugees separately from other refugees arriving at the same time, mainly from Syria.  Deputy minister Klaas Dijkhoff opposes this separation, as he considers it stigmatizes those refugees involved.  Tijsma however says that he hopes that more Dutch municipalities will soon follow suit.

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