Amsterdam Trying to Burnish Gay Friendly Image

Published Date Author: , March 24th, 2011

Amsterdam, The NetherlandsAmsterdam is one of Europe’s most popular destinations, drawing millions of tourists each year looking to savour its tolerant and chilled-out atmosphere. The Dutch port city is also known as the ‘Gay Capital of the World’ but despite its reputation as a beacon of tolerance and diversity, a couple of high-profile attacks on homosexuals in recent years have led city officials to take steps to improve the situation.

Extra police patrols now protect gay tourists while a support programme is in place for the city’s gay community. Amsterdam has no distinct gay neighbourhood but instead bars and clubs are spread all over the city.

The Dutch were one of the first countries in the world to pass equal civil rights laws for gays and lesbians, including same-sex marriage. ‘Amsterdam has now really become become the gay capital of the world,’ then city mayor Job Cohen said following the first such ceremony on April 1, 2001. A decade has now passed since that momentous day and Amsterdam is using the anniversary to polish its slightly tarnished rainbow-friendly image.

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