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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in NETHERLANDS...
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(user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for transgender readers on 08/05/2014 tagged with gender identity, human rights, religion
Being disabled is not easy. It is never easy. Discrimination, especially on the labor market, is pervasive and everywhere. Being a disabled transgender, however, like me, is totally an adventure. There are no rules, there is no script..
Since 25 years ( I am 51 now) I know that I am transgender, mtf, and two summers ago I came out of the closet..Now I am calling myself everywhere Petra. I identify as female, lesbian and a feminist. But I have a strong sense of humour, especially black humour..You have to if you are like me disabled from birth, sitting in a wheelchair and at the same time transgender..
Luckily I had already made a lot of experience in emancipation as a bodily disabled person when I decided to come out of the closet.. that really helps. I know I am lucky to live in a very tolerant country, but also personally I am not afraid. And luckily, most female friends are very supportive, and after my coming out I got new female friends. So I am a happy person.
And you wont believe me, but I am a dedicated christian, active in my church and a theologian and religious scientist. In my local church I luckily do not experience any discrimination.. it is a church where also many gay and lesbian people come, and one of the pastors is gay also. So that is a part of my story.. love, Petra
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(user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for gay readers on 06/01/2010 tagged with marriage / civil unions, homosexuality and christianity, religion +10
In the Netherlands, marriages can be between two people of the opposite sex or of the same sex. The majority of the people support this legal change. But some people don't. And some of those people have a orthodox christian background.
This has caused a problem because some of those orthodox christian people have position as civil servants, and are people who perform the wedding ceremony on behalf of the state. Among the civil servants (working for the local governments) there are some who refuse to perform a wedding between two people of the same sex.
The current government's position is that this is no problem: as long as a local government can provide at least one civil servant who can "do the same-sex marriages".
RozeLinks thinks that civil servants should not discriminate, and that at least applicants for a civil servant position in which they might have to marry people. should not be hired if they want to restrict their services to opposite-sex couples. But with two christian parties in a government coalition (together with social democrats) it is impossible to take steps against "refusing civil servants".
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