Thursday, June 12

Topics of the day

The Netherlands is famous for the supposed freedom and safety gays and lesbians enjoy in
Dutch society. In the past few years however, a counter movement seems to have evolved;
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
community, deal with increasing homophobia in their workshops about sexual orientation
on high schools? The chair of the COC will share his experiences. What follows is the story
of Döne Fil, who initiated a ‘Turkish Boat’ at the canal parade during Gay Pride and is highly
involved in the emancipation of Dutch Turkish LGBTI’s.
Rachel Spronk, who’s research revolves around anthropology, gender and sexuality studies,
will take a closer look at Dutch NGO’s involved in research concerning sexuality.
Evelien Snel and Petra van Dijk represent The Transgender Foundation The Netherlands
and will talk about the position of transgenders in Dutch society. Lastly, Murat Aydemir
discusses how people with a nationalist ideology often misuse LGBTQI rights and will
introduce the concept of homonationalism.

Amnesty International/HIA, Keizersgracht 177, Rosa Parkszaal (Ground Floor)


>> 09.00 – 09.30 Introducing the Day

>> 09.30 – 10.15 Documentary ‘Help, we’ve got a gay in class!’
Documentary showing the dedicated and complex work of the COC Educational Group visiting high schools to talk about homosexuality

>> 10.15 – 11.00 Q&A with Kzrystof Dobrowolski, chair COC Educational Group

>> 11.00 – 11.15 Break

>> 11.15 –12.30 Fighting for LGBTI rights in The Netherlands
Döne Fil, LGBTI activist

>> 12.30- 13.15 Lunch

>> 13.15 –14.30 Making up people. Race, ethnicity and sexuality in Dutch research
Rachel Spronk, anthropologist and former director MA Program ‘Gender, Sexuality and Society’

>> 14.30 -14.45 Break

>> 14.45 – 15.45 Gender Diversity in The Netherlands (and beyond)
Evelien Snel en Petra van Dijk, Transgender Foundation

>> 15.45 – 17.00 Dutch Homonationalism: The Sex vs. Culture War
Murat Aydemir, Associate Professor Comparative Literature and Cultural Analysis, UvA

>> 17.00 – 18.00 Wrapping up the Day

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