Defence Minister to Sail with Gay Pride
THE HAGUE, 27/07/13 - Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert will sail along with the 18th edition of the boats parade of Amsterdam Gay Pride on 3 August. This will be the first time that a defence minister has joined this parade.
The ministry wants to assert that everyone, and therefore also lesbian women, homosexual men, bisexuals and transgenders can be themselves on the Defence work-floor. The participation of Hennis-Plasschaert in the event coincides with the 25th anniversary of the Homosexuality and the Armed Forces Foundation, which works to get the sexually otherwise-inclined out of the taboo area in the armed forces.
The Defence boat, along with a number of other participants in the parade, is organising a viewing day for press and public on Friday 2 August. This is the first time that public and press are being given the opportunity, in a manner of foretaste, of looking at the composition of the participants’ boats.