Half (47 percent) of LGBTI + people feel that insufficient attention has been paid this year to the acceptance of their community now that many Pride events have been canceled.
This is evident from a survey conducted by EenVandaag among 3,500 LGBTI + people in the run-up to Pride Amsterdam. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Pride events throughout the country cannot continue or in modified form. For example, the ‘corona edition’ of Pride Amsterdam will mainly take place online this year.
According to the participants in the study, the cancellation of Pride events reduces the visibility of the LGBTI community in public life: “And that is important on the road to social acceptance,” writes one participant.
Someone else says: “The established times when community acceptance is usually dwindled have fallen through the corona crisis. Few non-LGBTI people will know about the alternative activities, while it is important to raise awareness in everyone hold.”
‘Attention important, corona or not’
According to a third (34 percent), there is enough attention this year for the acceptance of LGBTI + people in the Netherlands. “It does not depend solely on Pride events. It is regularly discussed in the media and online,” says someone.
Another participant: “There may not be any big festive events, but I think it is good that the alternative activities this year focus more on the struggle for equal rights and acceptance. That is how the Pride once originated. That attention remains important, corona or not.”
There’s work to be done
Most LGBTI + people in the study (62 percent) think that the acceptance of their community in the Netherlands is generally good. Many do see room for improvement. According to them, our country is mainly LGBTI friendly on paper, but many encounter a society that is not always tolerant.
“Acceptance goes much further than same-sex marriage or being able to change your gender in your passport. LGBTI people are still regularly discriminated against, bullied or abused. And as long as ‘gay’ is still a term of abuse, we are not there yet”, states a participant.
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Joyce Boverhuis presents the results of the study.
As in the survey last year, many LGBTI + participants adjust their behavior to avoid negative responses about sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender characteristics. Half (52 percent) say they did this in the past year.
For example, some write that they are reluctant to show affection to their partner: “We walk hand in hand little and look around before we kiss, because we often get comments thrown at us.”
There are also participants who consciously dress differently than they would like: “If I dress ‘feminine’, I will be shouted or scolded on the street. That is very humiliating and I prefer to avoid it. So I sometimes leave certain items of clothing in the closet . “
Four in ten LGBTI + participants in the study (40 percent) experienced negative behavior in the past year due to their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender characteristics. According to this group, it mainly concerned annoying comments or jokes (78 percent), but was also called insults or shouted (51 percent). Some also fell victim to threats or violence.
The percentage is approximately the same as a year ago. Then 37 percent said they had experienced negative behavior.
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About this research
This study, which was held from 6 to 16 July 2020, included 3,657 LGBTI + people. After weighting, the results are representative for six variables, namely age, gender, level of education, marital status, voting behavior and distribution across the country.