The Netherlands is famous for its progressive stance on equality and diversity. Everyone in the Netherlands has the right to be who he or she wants to be and to be with whomever they want to be, as long as they do no harm to others.
According to the majority of the Dutch population, it shouldn’t matter whether you are male, female or transgender, heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. However, that doesn’t mean that the process of female, male, gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender emancipation is complete.
Even here in the Netherlands, whether you are a man or a woman is sometimes an issue. For example, just half of women are financially independent compared to three-quarters of men.
Whether you are happy being labelled a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ also is an issue in the Netherlands. Labour market participation is very low among the transgender community, and many transgender people have psychological problems.
Heterosexual couples can walk hand-in-hand along the street without a second look. However, this is not the case for gay couples, especially men. For this reason, most homosexuals avoid doing so.
Want to learn more?
Read more about gender equality, sexual diversity and gender diversity in the Netherlands on the website of the Holland Alumni network.