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article imageDutch politician wants gay-straight alliance to combat violence

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 13, 2010 in Politics
Amsterdam - Frank van Dalen Holland's ProGay Foundation has called for the setting up of a gay–straight alliance to help combat attacks on gay people in his country.
The call came during a demonstration in Amsterdam, which was held earlier today, in which van Dalen spoke against a spate of recent attacks against gay men in the city.
As well as being chair of the ProGay Foundation, van Dalen is a member of the VVD (Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie), the centre-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, for which he sits as a city councillor in Amsterdam.
A call for the formation of a Gay-Straight alliance encompassing all sections of Dutch society has been made during a demonstration in Amsterdam. It follows recent violent attacks against gay men in the capital.
During his address, he said that heterosexual and homosexual people from all sectors of society needed to unite in order to prevent the violence that is being perpetrated against gays, arguing that, "Politicians, the police and the justice authorities are doing their very best to deal with violence and discrimination against gays. Now it’s up to society to condemn it.”
According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide:
[van Dalen] suggests that schools and health-care institutions should educate people about homosexuality, [and that] Amsterdam City Council [on which he sits as a VVD councillor] should join Company Pride, a group of firms which have undertaken to condemn anti-gay attitudes in the workplace.
Van Dalen is a veteran campaigner for gay rights. In 1987, he helped unveil Amsterdam's Homomonument, to commemorate all gay men and women who have been persecuted because of their sexuality. The monument is situated on the banks of the Keizersgracht canal, and is made up of three large pink-granite triangles that are set into the ground to form a larger triangle.
In last week's Dutch general election, the VVD won 31 seats (of 150), making it the largest single party in parliament. However, the formation of a new government is likely to take some time while the parties try to form a coalition. Queen Beatrix has been advised that the VVD leader, Mark Rutte, should first investigate the possibility of a coalition with the PVV (Partij voor de Vrijheid), the Party for Freedom, which is headed by Geert Wilders.
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