LGBTQ liberation and homophobia in Dutch Zeeland


Zeeland rainbow flag design, by Vos Broekema

This is the design for the rainbow flag of Dutch Zeeland province. It is inspired by both the international rainbow flag and the Zeeland provincial flag.

Zeeland provincial flag

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

As the last province in the Netherlands, the province of Zeeland now also will hang out the rainbow flag. That will happen next Thursday on Coming Out Day. This has been happening for years in the other provinces. “It’s just logical to do it”, says a spokesperson for the province against Omroep Zeeland broadcasting organisation.

Coming Out Day is since 2009 an annual event on 11 October. The intention is that gay men, lesbians, bisexuals or transgenders (LGBTQ people) can then more easily express their sexual preference. Under the slogan ‘come out of the closet!’ there are in schools, but also at companies and in the hospitality sector social gatherings and meetings.

For support, the rainbow flag is hung out in many places. Zeeland province was always an exception. That changed when the GroenLinks party in the provincial legislature came with a motion earlier this year to declare Zeeland a rainbow province. The motion received a narrow majority. Yesterday, the provincial executive also changed tack.

SGP [right-wing Protestant party] executive member Harry van der Maas remains the only one against it. He said earlier that the fight against LGBT discrimination does not belong to the core tasks of the province. Van der Maas was not available for comment this morning, but the official position of the SGP is that “on the basis of the Bible no approval can be given to homosexual practice“. The SGP also opposes “the opening of marriage for same-sex couples, because marriage is a unique and exclusive union between one man and one woman”.

The decision of the province does not mean that all municipalities in Zeeland will also participate. Schouwen-Duiveland, Tholen and Reimerswaal [where the SGP is strong] have already announced that they will keep the rainbow flags out.

Children branded in scouting hazing


This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

Former Boy Scout sues Mormon church for sexual abuse

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and The Boy Scouts of America are facing a lawsuit from a former Boy Scout over alleged sexual abuse at a church-sponsored Scouting trip. CNN’s Kyra Phillips reports.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Jail term demanded for branding in hazing scouting children

A youth leader of scouting in Goes [in Zeeland province] is suspected of branding three children. The 23-year-old Mark B. stands accused of having pressed a hot branding iron against the backs of the children during a camp in Belgium last summer, the public prosecutor confirms after RTL Nieuws reported about it.

B. had to appear in court today. The Public Prosecutor suspects him of inflicting serious bodily harm on purpose. Against B. seven months in prison, three of which were conditional, has been demanded.

Scars

B. is said to have taken the branding iron to the camp in the village of Sint-Joris-Weert with the idea of ​​branding the children. According to the Public Prosecution Service, it was a hazing ritual in which the children suffered first and second degree burns. The scars can still be seen.

The victims are two boys and a girl between the ages of 12 and 14. They got the letters “F” and “N” on their backs, the abbreviation of scouting group Frans Naerebout from Goes. Then they were not taken to a hospital.

“We think it’s terrible that this happened”, says a spokesperson for Scouting in the Netherlands. …

Hazing rituals

In some scouting groups new members are put to the test in initiation rituals. Sometimes a new member is supposedly branded with a branding iron as a joke. In reality it is a cold iron that is pressed against new members.

Children are instructed to scream, to make it even more terrible for those whose turn will be later. According to the public prosecution service, such rituals do not belong at a scouting camp with young children. Other, less intimidating hazing rituals occur often.

Hazing is despicable; whether in scouting, student fraternities, religious cults, armed forces, etc.

OVER 1,200 SCOUTS ALLEGEDLY ABUSED An expert hired by the Boy Scouts of America to review allegations of child sexual abuse in the organization identified 7,819 alleged abusers among scout leaders and volunteers dating back to 1944, according to a newly released court document. Of the files examined over five years, 12,254 alleged victims were identified. [HuffPost]

Estuary underwater wildlife video


This 6 July 2018 video shows life underwater in the Grevelingen brackish lake and the Oosterschelde estuary in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Brittle stars, sap-sucking slug, common spider crab and bobtail squid.

Diver Harry Brummelhuis made this video.

Young sea eagles born in Dutch Zeeland, first time


This 2017 Dutch video is about sea eagles in Biesbosch national park.

This year, for the first time ever, there is a sea eagle nest in Zeeland province. On Sint Philipsland peninsula, eaglets have hatched.

There are six white-tailed eagle nests in the Netherlands this year. That includes a couple in the Hunze river valley in Groningen province. They first nested there last year, and came back this year.

Northern lapwing bathing, video


This video shows a Northern lapwing bathing, near Baarland village in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Avocets in the rain, video


This 22 March 2018 video shows avocets on a rainy day in the Karrevelden nature reserve in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

Spoonbill and avocet video


This 20 March 2018 video is about a spoonbill and an avocet on Tholen island in Zeeland province in the Netherlands.

See also here.