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"Hetero Boat" to Float in Amsterdam's Gay Boat Parade

A boatful of 30 heterosexuals will float down the canal in Amsterdam's annual gay boat parade on the weekend of August 3rd to 5th in order to show solidarity with gays and protest against rising intolerance in the Dutch capital.

BoatparadeReuters reports: "The organiser of the 'hetero boat', Coos Peterse, said on Friday it's inclusion was a reaction to a growing number of attacks against homosexuals in the Netherlands. Dutch media reported this month that a kissing lesbian couple was attacked in Nijmegen and had to be treated in hospital. In Amsterdam, two gay men were abused and one was seriously injured. 'What always bothered me is that the public reaction wasn't that strong. I would expect a much stronger outcry,' Peterse, 25, said. 'Since I wasn't hearing it, I thought maybe it was a good idea to make a statement, to celebrate with them that you're free in Holland to live to your own preference.'"

Amsterdam's gay parade on water adds "hetero boat" [reuters]

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  1. What's happening now in Amsterdam is a very good lesson for us in the U.S. My family is from the Netherlands. Beautiful country, beautiful welcoming people... but unfortunately too welcoming. Muslim immigration has taken over the once peaceful, inclusive country.

    Posted by: Robert Ahrens | Jul 30, 2007 9:59:42 PM

  2. PLEASE learn the difference between "its" and "it's."

    You make this mistake frequently.

    Posted by: michael | Jul 30, 2007 11:06:44 PM

  3. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Eventually it should just be a Sex Pride parade, not a Us Not Them parade.

    Posted by: anonymous | Jul 31, 2007 12:39:18 AM

  4. Looks like the it's mistake was committed by Reuters-- who should know better.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jul 31, 2007 10:52:54 AM

  5. Yay. You go dutch hets!

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 31, 2007 12:57:58 PM

  6. Coos Pearse -- what a cool and involved 25 year old straight guy! Such a lesson to the too-many apathetic 'mos around... Yay Coos

    Posted by: strepsi | Jul 31, 2007 9:27:30 PM

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