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Share your experiences in NETHERLANDS - Let others know what it’s like to be LGBTI in your country! If an experience is meaningful for you, it will probably be meaningful for someone else. On whatever topic, whether good or bad, your story is how the world knows about your country and LGBTI life. By selecting tags that mark the topic your story, others can learn from your experience.
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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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posted for readers on 25/10/2011 +10
I have the pleasure of working with IHLIA - the International LGBTI library, archive and information center (www.ihlia.nl) to organise an international conference in August 2012. It is right at the time of the Amsterdam Canal Pride. We are bringing together LGBTI movements that are interested in collecting the cultural heritage of LGBTI people in their country, and public libraries, archives, museums. We have a vision: by 2020, every National Archive and National Library in Europe and every major city library in North America has a dedicated LGBTI collection, visible and accessible to the public. These spaces are a sanctuary for young people, a place where they discover their proud history, a place where they discover they too can dare to live their dreams.

Are you interested in finding out more? Write to homodok@ihlia.nl.
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(user currently living in POLAND) posted for gay readers on 18/07/2010 tagged with at the work place +5
HI to everybody.
We - my friend and I need a help. I'm from Ukraine, now living in Poland. My friend from Czech living in UK. We want to be together. but can't married in Czech course of his family and course he is long time living in UK. one way for us - to have a job and live in Netherlands, became a residance permission and then married.
Been UE citizen he can do that without problem. But not me.
If somebody can help me to receave job permit in Netherland or can tell me how to do it as soon as possible.. i will very thakfull.
please write to e-mail : vaniaba@ukr.net
thank You very much
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posted for readers on 05/09/2013 +5
Good day to all. Please, be warned on visiting some rural areas (villages) in Portugal. I am a portuguese citizen who´s been married (legal civil union) for nearly two years and on my return to the country with my partner, we have been insulted, descriminated and denied acess to legal issues provided by the city all (Camara Municipal) and some people, where we are living (Crato). Our situation is quite desperate, as I was offered a work proposition, which turned out to be false. Please, be carefull in accepting woring offers and most important the areas. I wish we could go to another country.
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dimitris meletis (user currently living in NETHERLANDS) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 06/08/2013 +0
I am not sure I picked the right way to contact you, but the reason is to share some "Portraits with pride" from the Gay Pride Festival in Amsterdam!
thank you
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