The king of all Dutch – Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands – just made the headlines (again)! The monarch came to power back in 2013, and while Netherlands has been known as a tolerant and accepting country when it comes to LGBT rights, the meeting between the king and activists of COC Netherlands is something unprecedented!
COC Netherlands is the oldest active gay rights group in the world, with over seven (yes, seven) decades of work. The King’s press service said that “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.”
King and his queen Maxima
King with staff and volunteers of COC