Is Utrecht Intolerant?

After the Day of Diversity it is still sad to announce that, according to the PinkPanel 2018 survey, 42% of respondents experienced discrimination, intolerance or an unsafe feeling in regard to their sexuality.

How can this be so in what we like to think is a free open minded, open thinking society?

We have had enough of bigots and homophobes!

The results of PinkPanel 2018 show that 42% of respondents indicate that they have recently experienced discrimination, intolerance or an unsafe feeling. PinkPanel measures the sense of security and the discrimination experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people.

Art.1 Midden Nederland (Art.1 MN) completed the survey in the province of Utrecht.

“ALL WHO ARE IN THE NETHERLANDS ARE

TO BE TREATED EQUALLY.

DISCRIMINATION ON ACCOUNT OF RELIGION, BELIEF,

POLITICAL OPINION, RACE, GENDER OR ON ANY GROUNDS

IS NOT PERMITTED. “

So states Article 1 of the constitution.

Art.1 MN, the reporting centre for discrimination in the province of Utrecht, today presented the results of their annual PinkPanel survey. The results now show that 42% of the respondents have experienced negative experiences on the street with discrimination, intolerance or unsafe feelings. In most cases, it concerned discriminatory comments and abuse. The majority of the respondents did nothing with such incidents. A few returned a mouthful to the aggressors or talked about it with family or friends. Only 5% went to the police.

Another 22% of respondents indicated that they had no experience with discrimination, intolerance or unsafe feelings, because they chose to change their appearance and or behaviour in public spaces. For example, by dressing differently or not walking hand in hand with a partner.

The results of PinkPanel 2018 show that despite some positive developments, it also appears that there are still too many people who experience unpleasant things, and specific actions are needed to promote the sense of safety of LGBTI people in Utrecht.

Art.1 MN is working hard to increase the willingness to report among LGBTI people in the province of Utrecht. It has been shown that many of them ultimately do not report intolerance or discrimination. As a result, this often remains invisible and there is still a regular doubt as to whether it is necessary to take action.

Art.1 MN ask, are you discriminated against at work?

Are you refused entry to a disco?

Irregularly treated when looking for a home or a job?

Treated differently by your faith or belief?

Then report it to them here.

Together they will look at the possibilities and what steps can then be taken.

Have you faced intolerance because of your sexuality?

Discrimination?

Do we need more education on this issue?

Why do people feel it is their right top abuse people for being “different”?

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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