The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

The Netherlands, an outsider's view.

Attacks and discrimination mar Amsterdam Pride celebrations

Over the last weekend, Amsterdam’s world-famous celebration of inclusivity and acceptance, Amsterdam Pride, held its annual canal parade. With thousands in attendance, multiple people have now come forward with stories and declarations of attack and abuse.

Het Parool reports that at 5:00am Katya Sazanova and Ana Camboim were walking down Zandstraat when they were accosted by two men on a scooter shouting “Oh, you are so hot, can we join you?”. In the aftermath, both were struck in the face leaving a broken lip, bruises, and other injuries.

Following Pride, Luke (last name withheld) and his boyfriend held and kissed in the back of an Uber but the driver lashed out, calling them “kankerhomos” (cancer-homo’s) and told them to opkankeren (piss-off). This comes just a week after Uber implemented a new discrimination option on their app after an Amsterdam drag queen was refused service. According to Luke, Uber has not reached out to the couple despite the new option.

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