Why Are Straight Dutch Men Suddenly Holding Hands in Public?
Earlier this month, the Arnhem police posted on Facebook about an attack that occurred on April 2, 2017. During the early hours of the morning, a group of youths brandishing bolt cutters attacked a 31 year old and 35 year old married gay couple. One victim lost teeth in the attack.
Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes told police the confrontation started because they were holding hands.
Across the globe, from Amsterdam to New York, London to Havana, Dutch men held hands last week to show solidarity with the gay couple.
— Coen & Sander Show (@coenensander) April 3, 2017
— William Rutten (@WilliamRutten) April 3, 2017
— Wouter (@wtrvdbrnd) April 4, 2017
— Lise Gregoire (@LiseGvH) April 3, 2017
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— Maarten van Vliet (@vanVlietjuh) April 3, 2017
The attack caused a major outcry in the Netherlands, a country that has long prided itself on tolerance. They were the first country to legalize gay marriage in 2001.
On the Wednesday following the attack, a peaceful march took place in Amsterdam as a show of national solidarity to the two victims.
— SPEER (@SpeerHQ) April 10, 2017
Speaking about the incident, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte described the attack as "absolutely terrible" and "awful." Five teenagers were apprehended and charged the following Thursday April 6 with serious bodily harm. The motivation behind the attack is still being investigated.
As gay parents, we have particular reasons to fear and condemn these types of attacks. So, on behalf of gay families everywhere, we'd like to thank the straight men of the Netherlands for this amazing show of support!
Over 2 years ago, we spoke with experienced filmmaker Carlton Smith about his documentary featuring gay dad families created through foster-adopt. It was a heartfelt project that shone a light on the number of children in foster care (roughly 400,000 as referenced at the time) who desperately needed a home. And the large population of same-sex couples, many newly married, who were interested in starting families of their own.
"Let's skip," my daughter said on our way to school the other week. She took my hand and started skipping along, pulling me forward to urge me to do the same.
Wouldn't it look, well, gay, for me to skip down the street? In public? I wasn't willingly going to make myself look like a sissy.
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The Long Island Adoptive Families support group was created by parents going through the adoption process or who had already adopted. It was a great way to help members navigate the path of adoption whether it be private domestic, international agency, domestic agency or foster care. We spoke with Chemene, one of the founders, and found out how this group is supporting local gay men interested in becoming fathers.