All Men Hand In Hand

All Men Hand In Hand

 

Dutch embassy personnel in New York City join hands against hate against the LGBTQ community. Photo by Lise Gregoire

In the clearly more enlightened Netherlands, straight men across the country have been pointedly, publicly, empathetically holding hands in solidarity with a gay couple who were attacked and beaten up Sunday by a group of teenage thugs. In a country that legalized same-sex marriage back in 2001, hundreds of Dutch men - including politicians, diplomats, policemen, athletes and EMTs - have marched, walked to work and posted pictures under the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand in support of victims Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes after a journalist urged her countrymen to stand up against hate.  Some of the most visible supporters were Democratic party leaders Wouter Koolmees and Alexander Pechtold, who arrived hand-in-hand to government negotiations and explained to the press, "Here we think it's normal to show who you are as a person." Maybe up next could be McConnell and Gorsuch?

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