Monday, 10 March 2008

Cruising in Amsterdam

A remarkable story, first posted on De Telegraaf on Friday and I've just now picked up the English versions. You can read the original story here:
You can read an English version of the story here.
The story is that The Netherlands National Diversity Expertise Centre (LECD) wants sex allowed in all public parks. "Why should we try to maintain something that is actually impossible to maintain, which also causes little bother for others and for a certain group actually signifies much pleasure?" says Paul van Grieken, the responsible Alderman in the Oud-Zuid district of Amsterdam.

The report goes on to state 'Homosexuals' organisation COC is pleased that the Amsterdam Oud-Zuid district is to be the first to tolerate sex in the Vondelpark. "Cruising is something belonging to all time and banning it does not work anyway. They do it surreptitiously and mostly without others being annoyed by it. But homos at cruising spots are often attacked. By now agreeing rules of behaviour on this, safety can be increased," according to COC Amsterdam chairman Dennis Boutkan.'

This strikes me as an amazingly forward looking suggestion and one I hope is adopted across the Netherlands. I would love to think that such an idea could be adopted internationally.

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