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Homophobic slurs without repercussion

I was sitting in a study room of a university and after a friend of mine left, three guys started talking about me in German, perhaps not realizing that I could understand them. They repeatedly used "Schwul"(Gay) as an insult, and said stuff like 'thats so gay - and we want nothing of that kind here" while looking at me. I posted their faces on my social media but a…

Brushed off verbal abuse

On international coming out day 2017 my then partner and I were cycling through Groningen after an event with the feminist network and close to our house there is a bus stop and a group of teenage guys was standing there. They noticed us holding hands and started pointing at us, yelling things like "Flikker" and other stuff in dutch and although we didn't understand it, it was quite clear…


At a Friday night I was cycling home. Not far from my house I noticed a group of about ten male students loudly approaching. I sped up and tried to leave as much space between me and them as possible while I passed them, but as soon as they saw me they blocked my path, forcing me to brake. When I slowed down just enough, trying to find a way…


Stichting Fairspace: Hollaback! Nederland!

Hollaback! Nederland is een initiatief van Stichting Fairspace. Wij zetten ons in voor het bestrijden van straatintimidatie, door het delen van ervaringen met straatintimidatie, door daders verantwoordelijk te houden voor hun daden en door beleidsmakers in beweging krijgen. Met jouw hulp kunnen we straatintimidatie op de kaart zetten als een probleem wat ook in Nederland … Continued

#MeToo: ‘Good People Can Do Bad Things’

Feeling burnt-out from #MeToo? So many stories, so familiar to many of us. The good news is important work is being done in the Netherlands to promote discussion and change.   This was clear at the recent event ‘Sexual Violence And Masculinity: How Can Men Do Better?’ hosted by Atria, Institute on Gender Equality and … Continued

Blog: Sexually harassed by gay men and it’s still not OK

Photo credit: Submitted by Ghanwa, 3 July 2017 June is celebrated as Pride Month, a celebration of sexuality, sexual orientations and gender identities. I, a bisexual cis woman, too joined the Utrecht Pride to partake in the celebration and the festivities. However, I soon realized that my idea of sexual liberation and freedom, which finds … Continued