After a hate crime over the weekend, male politicians joined hands in public to show support of the victims.
Straight male Dutch politicians are walking hand-in-hand to show support for the LGBT community after two young men were attacked in a hate crime over the weekend,
Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes of the Netherlands were returning home from a date night when a gang of thugs descended upon them calling them slurs while beating them up, sending both men to the hospital.
A 14-year-old was arrested, accused of taking part in the beatings.
Politicians from around the country began holding hands in public after the attacks in support of the victims.
The country’s Deputy Prime Minister, Lodewijk Asscher, holding another man’s hand, posted a picture on twitter with the hashtag “allmannenhandinhand” (all men hand-in-hand).
Another high-level politician Alexander Pechtold, of the Democrats 66 party also posted a picture on social media holding hands with his colleague Wouter Koolmees.
“Stop violence against gay people. #allemannenhandinhand,” he wrote on Twitter.
The demonstration spread abroad to New York City as the male staff at the Dutch mission at the United Nations joined palms and walked through downtown.
Even Dutch law enforcement clasped each other’s palms in solidarity.
Late last year King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands made a historic visit to meet with the Dutch LGBT advocacy group COC.
It is reported that this is the first time an acting ruler from that nation has made a visit to the COC.
The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage back in 2001.