Thursday, June 13

Topics of the day

The Netherlands is famous for the supposedly ultimate freedom gays and lesbians enjoy in this country. The past few years however, there seems to have been a counter movement; people from the LGBTQI community are less likely to show their affection in public as violent acts against them increasingly occur.

How does the educational group of the COC, an NGO that advocates the rights of LGBTQI people, deal with increasing homophobia in their workshops about sexual orientation on high schools? Two educators will talk about their experiences. The topic becomes more complex and intersectional when Senior Fellow Ruud Tevreden and writer and cultural critic Egbert Alejandro Martina discuss how people with a nationalist ideology often misuse LGBTQI rights. Finally, we will dive deeper into the meaning of gender by discussing people who are born with the physical characteristics of both a girl and a boy. How are they brought up and what does it tell us about our thinking in dichotomies?

The day will end with the annual reception at the Consul General of the United States of America.

Dress code today is business casual!

Location:
Amnesty International & HIA office, Keizersgracht 177, Amsterdam
Rosa Parks Room, ground floor

Location reception:
Consulate General of the USA, Museumplein 19, Amsterdam

LGBTQI Rights
Homonationalism
Gender: intersexuality
Consulate General of the United States of America

09.00 – 09.30 Introducing the day – Nienke Venema
09.30 – 10.15 ‘Documentary: Help, we’ve got a gay in class!’
Documentary that shows the dedicated and sometimes complex work of the COC Educational Group that visits high schools to talk about homosexuality.
10.15 – 11.00 Q&A with two educators of the COC Educational Group
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee & Tea
11.15 – 12.30 ‘Homonationalism in The Netherlands’
by Egbert Alejandro Martina, writer and cultural critic and Ruud Tevreden, HIA Senior Fellow
12.30 – 13. 15 Lunch at Amnesty
13.15 -14. 45 ‘They didn’t know whether I was a boy or a girl; life narratives, knowledge and choice’.
by Margriet van Heesch, lecturer at the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology and Language and Culture, University of Amsterdam
14. 45- 15.30 Travel to Consulate General of the USA
15.30 – 17.00 Reception at the Consulate General of the USA
Words of welcome by Randy Berry, Consul General
Judy Goldstein, executive director HIA, will speak on behalf of HIA

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