Among the gay cafes, sports clubs, hotels, bars, activist organizations and saunas in this beautiful ‘gay capitol of Europe’, where same-sex love is fully acknowledged and legalized, is a touching memorial that acknowledges the persecution that lesbigays faced over the centuries.
The Netherlands is a popular destination for gay tourism especially Amsterdam where an LGBT gay pride festival occurs in mid-August. In 1973 Dutch mental health institutions stopped treating homosexuality as an illness and the military lifted its ban on homosexuals. . A recent 2006 European Union member poll showed the Dutch to be the strongest supporters of same-sex marriage at 82%.
For those of us who had missing fathers when we were young, the ‘lost chord’ remains. As times have moved into a new age of family-making there are young boys and girls who are blessed to have two fathers or two moms. Last year a video came across the Net from Holland of a twelve year-old guy singing ‘Two Fathers’ at a youth concert, surrounded by hundreds of other kids who joined in the song of praise for his two dads.