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Queer Pride March Leiden 2021: Accurate Representation Matters

Dear queer community,  Together, we brought Pride as a protest back to Leiden… and back into the general media, too. While we recognise the value of sharing information about our protest, especially the important topics and messages of the speeches, these words must be accurately portrayed when they are shared. We have communicated a number …

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Leiden christian student association accused of discriminating against gay board applicants

TLDR; Christian student association NSL (Navigators Studentenvereniging Leiden) has been accused of discriminating against board of director applicants based on sexual orientation. The allegations are based on a document entitled ‘course directive on homosexuality’, originating from NSL’s parent company ‘The Navigators’. While the NSL denies discriminating against applicants on this basis the accusations have caused …

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A Queer Student’s Guide to Leiden’s Student Associations

If you’re Dutch you probably already know this, but if you’re in the Netherlands as a foreign student it might be surprising to discover how central studentenverenigingen are to Dutch university life. Joining a student association can be a convenient way to get to know people, socialise with folks outside class and have fun with …

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The Netherlands is starting the process to put LGBTQ+ rights in its Constitution

Article 1 of the Dutch Constitution deals with discrimination, specifically with the kinds ofdiscrimination that are explicitly forbidden. Currently, it outlaws discrimination on the groundsof religion, political beliefs, race and gender; on June 30th, however, the first step was takento include sexual orientation and disability to that list. A supportive Parliament The main LGBTQ+ organization …

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