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Thursday, 10 November 2016 00:01

The King Of The Netherlands Is About To Visit The Members Of The LGBTQ Group "COC"

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King Willem Alexander


According to an official statement, the king of the Netherlands will visit the COC, a Dutch advocacy group for LGBTQ rights, a historic first announced a few days ago.

"The King will speak with various LGBT people who represent segments of the population where acceptance is often still lacking and who are working together with the COC to improve their position. He will listen to LGBT youth, to LGBT people with a bicultural or religious background and to LGBT seniors tell about their various experiences. The King will also talk with volunteers and staff of both COC Netherlands and the 20 regional COC chapters."

Although the Netherlands was the first country to legalize marriage equality in the world, no king or queen had met with LGBTQ activists yet. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will be the first to provide official support by visiting the COC group which celebrates its 70 years of existence this year.

Tanja Ineke, COC Chairperson, said she was very honored.

"We view his visit as a real show of support for LGBT people in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world as they struggle for acceptance and equal rights."

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