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Amsterdam — By Marianne on February 12, 2010 at 1:05 pm
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Photo Op: Homo Monument

 

Amost all Amsterdam bridges have their name inscribed on the railing in beautifull 1930s letter type. The bridge spanning Prinsengracht is named after Niek Engelschman, founder of COC, The Dutch Association for Integration of Homosexuality. COC is the oldest gay movement organization in Amsterdam.
The triangle in the background is the Homo Monument. This pink triangle straddles the square behind Westerkerk. The monument commemorates gay men and lesbians who were imprisoned and executed during WWII.

Amsterdam counts almost 100 gay bars, discos, shops and cafes, combine this with a spirit of tolerance and freedom. The result is Amsterdam: Gay Way to Europe. Homosexuality is legal in the Netherlands. Gays and lesbians can get legally married. The age of consent for gays is 16.

Join the Queer Expats Party on 18 February. Listen to guest speakers while you enjoy a bite and a drink. Guest speakers will give their views of opportunities and chances for the gay expat community in Amsterdam.

WHAT: Queer Expat Party
WHERE: COC building, Rozenstraat 14 (map)
WHEN: 18 February at 18.00
Tram 6, 13, 14 and 17, Westermarkt stop.

Amsterdam’s Pink Triangle

photo credit: personal collection

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