The history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the Netherlands has reflected the shades of tolerance or rigidity which were utilized by the rulers of the country at various periods in its history. Lot and his Daughters by Lucas van Leyden. Engaging in sodomy was a public offence in the Dutch Republic from until , when the Napoleonic Code which decriminalised homosexuality was first put into place, following French annexation. Heterosexuals who engaged in sodomy, or zoophiles engaging in bestiality, were generally not prosecuted under this legislation. However, a woman attempting a marriage with another woman could be arrested for fraud. In , a young Dutch sailor, Leendert Hasenbosch , was deliberately marooned alone on Ascension Island as a punishment for sodomy; he is presumed to have died of thirst.
Being different has always been looked down upon and punished by society in one way or the other. No one can testify to that more than the members of the LGBT community. As part of society, each person has a responsibility to turn these statistics around and work together towards equality in , regardless of whether they identify as LGBT or not.
And you see what is happening right now, almost 30 countries in the whole world followed the Dutch example. And I could tell about it in Taiwan, in Canada, in South Africa, in America, in Spain and it's so good to see that almost every civilized country followed the Dutch way. He's my man, and it's natural to say so.