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Dutch men are holding hands in support of LGBTQ community after violent attack

Politicians and straight guys are joining #allmenhandinhand.


Ana Valens


Gay men Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Verne were holding hands when they were suddenly attacked in Arnhem, Netherlands, Sunday morning and viciously beaten. Now, in response, the Dutch are standing up to anti-LGBTQ violence by taking pictures of themselves holding hands.

The protest began after Dutch journalist Barbara Berend posted a call to action on Twitter with the hashtag #allemannenhandinhand (or #allmenhandinhand), asking men to post photos holding hands with one another to fight back against LGBTQ-targeted violence.

Soon, Democrats 66 Party members Alexander Pechtold and Wouter Koolmees posted a photo on Twitter holding hands with one another, followed shortly by Labour party member Ahmed Marcouch posting a photo of himself holding hands with a group of Dutch men. The trend quickly spread, from the N.E.C. Nijmegen soccer club to a group of young students holding hands.

The movement is starting to spread outside of the Netherlands, too. Men working at the Netherlands Mission at the United Nations walked hand-in-hand together throughout Manhattan. Colleagues at the Netherlands embassy in Athens also posted a photo holding hands, along with Dutch embassy workers in London.

Violence against LGBTQ people is still a major problem throughout the world. Just this week, 100 gay men were allegedly rounded up and detained in Chechnya, and three killed; earlier this year, two transgender women from Pakistan were tortured and killed by Saudi police. In the U.S., a study from California State University found hate crimes went up throughout 2016, with LGBTQ-targeted violence contributing to most of the growth.

H/T Mashable

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