Netherlands behind on LGBTQIA+ empowerment; Ranked 13th in Europe

The Netherlands is no longer a world leader when it comes to rights for the LGBTQIA+ community. The Netherlands this year ranked 13th in the annual Rainbow Europe index by human rights organization Ilga Europe.

For the ranking, Ilga Europe examines the legislation and policies for the protection of LGBTQIA+ people by country. The Netherlands scored 56 out of a reachable 100 points. Malta, in first place, scored 92.

Last year, three of the four coalition parties signed the Dutch Rainbow Ballot Box Agreement, promising to improve the empowerment of people of diverse gender and sexual orientations and identities, NU reports. .nl. Only ChristenUnie did not sign.

Some of the points in the Rainbow Europe Index overlap with the agreement – banning gay conversion therapy, having legal regulation for multi-parenting, ending schools rejecting LGTBQIA+ people, banning unnecessary treatment for intersex people and allowing people to change their sex passport to X without having to go through the court.

But implementation of the deal is progressing at a snail’s pace, Astrid Oosenburg of interest group COC Nederland told the newspaper. “We will already recover if only part of the promises are implemented. But in recent years we have stood still and been overtaken by other countries implementing new laws.

A significant point of improvement for the Netherlands is the fight against discriminatory violence. The COC recently discussed this with Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius of Justice and Security. “She indicated that she was defending the agreements on this in the rainbow ballot box agreement, but was unable to clarify these promises,” Oosenbrug said. “The Cabinet is friendly, but sometimes it seems like it’s unclear what the agreements are.”

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, primarily responsible for emancipation policy, told NU.nl that this is not moving too slowly. “The Cabinet is currently working hard on crafting the points. They are ambitious and sometimes complex. They cannot be achieved overnight,” a spokesperson said. “The crafting takes the necessary care, coordination with ministries, social organizations, and finally political coordination. It takes time.”

The cabinet will submit the emancipation memorandum, discussing the ambitions of the Dutch emancipation policy in more detail, to parliament in the autumn.