Hate Crimes Rise In Gay Friendly Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a reputation for being a city in which gays and lesbians can find security, but recent events have raised questions about that safety. In 2006, the city registered 32 hate crimes committed against gays and lesbians, but mid way through this year there already have been 27 such crimes including one during a gay pride parade. Mayor Job Cohen initiated a study of the attacks which revealed a majority of them were committed by Moroccan Muslim youth. They may regard gays as socially beneath them since they come from a puritanical Muslim society or it can be connected to their own sexual confusions.

In the volatile world of immigrants coming from societies where gay rights are not common it should not be surprising to discover some of them bring to the more open world of Amsterdam dysfunctional ideas.