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On the April 5, 2017, hundreds of Dutch took each other's hands, onto the streets of Amsterdam, in solidarity with a gay couple who had been subjected to violence in the Sunday. The violence swept through the Dutch public, and through a calm and energetic march, the energy that "love" has been fully displayed is far more profound and touching than hatred and fear.
Photograph:michael C Corder/ap
Outside the streets of Amsterdam, men around the world have come forward in the past few days--and hold the hand of another man--without a sexual inclination.
From New York to London, from the Australian capital Cambay to Amsterdam, no matter how big or ordinary, men everywhere in the community media upload their own "men hold hands" photo, and attach a hashtag: #allemannenhandinhand (English translation: All men, Holding hands).
The craze comes as a result of the violence that occurred in the Arnhem of the eastern Netherlands town of Sunday.
On the morning of April 2, the 31-year-old Ronnie Sewratan-vernes and her boyfriend Jasper Vernes-sewratan walked on the way home, led by a group of young people round. All two of them were injured, one of whom was cut with four teeth and cracked lips.
Ronnie told Dutch News Reporter: "In order not to provoke others, we usually do not hold hands in public places." But on that day we thought there were only two of us on the street, but suddenly there were six or eight young Moroccan people, and when I realized what was happening, I was knocked down by three of them. 」
"Men join hands"hashtag quickly roll up global community kinetic energy
After the incident, Barbara Barend, a Dutch magazine founder and journalist, sent a tweet to the public on Twitter : "This whole week, can all men (whether heterosexual or homosexual) be asked to walk along the road ⋯⋯"
Then, politicians, athletes, actors, police, doctors and businessmen responded to Barbara Barend's call.
Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher on April 3 seven o'clock in the morning, took the lead in his own Twitter uploaded by his colleagues with the Labor Party's finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem hand photos and hashtag #allemannenhan Dinhand.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Netherlands and his colleague Finance minister
Soon, from United Nations Headquarters in New York, London, to Cambere in Australia, men from the Dutch embassies around the world joined in responding to this community campaign against violence.
Embassy of the Netherlands in London
In Monday, the leader of the Dutch Democratic 66 party (Democrats 66), Alexander Pechtold, Wouter koolmees with party members and even took a high-profile lead in the formation of a new government meeting in The Hague.
Dutch Democratic 66 party leader Alexander Pechtold, and the party members Wouter Koolmees
The city's soccer team NEC, which is located in the southeastern Netherlands city of Nijmegen, shares their solidarity photos, "nec absolutely opposed to the violence. 」
Police in Rotterdam and two religious leaders in Waarder, Holland, David van Veen and Erick Versloot also stepped forward.
Rotterdam Police solidarity
Religious leader David van Veen, Erick Versloot
The kinetic energy of the hashtag community, which "all men hold Hands", continues to grow, and men around the world continue to share, upload and reject the fear of violence.
The first country in the world to legalize gay marriage, people still have to go through fear and violence
In fact, although the Netherlands is the world's first country to legalize same-sex marriage, the Dutch affirmative workers mention that the country is still not completely free of homophobia.
On the April 1, 2001, Dutch gay marriage finally passed through Congress. 16 years later, April 2, the Dutch gay community annual celebration of the following day, the streets were a serious fear of violence, this is the Dutch fear of the current situation of emotional backlash.
The Nederland of the LGBT community in the Netherlands, the COC , has counted the growing fear of violence against gays in the Netherlands over the past six years. From 400 a year, increase to 600 in a year. But of the thousands of cases of violent violence, only nine of the perpetrators were convicted and sentenced in 2015.
Philip Tijsma,coc Nederland's public affairs manager said in 2015 when he was interviewed by CNN:
"Of the 10 LGBT people, seven have suffered physical or verbal violence because of gender identity," he said. Many LGBT students have had a hard time in high school, with high school suicides or bullying rates five times times higher than other periods. 」
Even in the Netherlands, high school education still does not mention the subjectivity of gays, and comrades still have a high chance of being called "Dirty Niang Guns (Dirty faggot)" in the streets.
"Many people think that Holland is, to some extent, a" gay paradise, "but the fact is that people are much less receptive to gays than they think. "tijsma added.
According to opinion polls, about one-third of Dutch people feel offended when they see gay kissing in public, compared with only one-tenth who feel the same discomfort in public kissing by heterosexual couples.
There is a long way to go in the way of affirmative action, whether in Holland or Taiwan.
Holding hands on the road shouldn't be a worrying fear.
It is never easy for a gay group to express feelings about each other in public. Even the small things such as holding hands are the same.
All kinds of advocates of gay rights and even advertising often use the image of comrade holding hands, to the public to reveal the hardships of the daily life of comrades.
In 2014, the second-largest Allstate insurance company in the United States released an animated short film featuring Eli Lieb's new creation, 〈safe in my hands〉, which was part of the "OutHolding hands" of the LGBT activities of the year. 。 Ad copy seems to speak to the gay community, in fact, the whole public:
"Being seen is not the thing that makes you more vulnerable." "(being visible should never leave you vulnerable)
"Everyone is worth being put in the palm of your hand" (everyone deserves to being in good hands.)
The lyrics to the short film theme song 〈safe in my hands〉 are as follows:
In the night every road for you take
In the night brings your back to me
You don ' t stand alone I'm right here.
So take I hand don ' t be scared
We can go anywhere
You don ' t have to run and you don ' t have to hide,
' Cause I got You
Safe in my hand
In 2016, the Australian Bank of Australia has also been a person to see the tears of the "Hold tight" ads, the size of the show gay couples in public performance of emotional difficulties.
Comrades are often forced by social pressure, must open up the hand, this advertisement to encourage gay partners do not easily let go, but also to release the message to the community: a healthy society, should not let people fear in public holding hands. (Extended reading: Australia observation: "Dear, let us justly hold hands" the tears of the "Hold Tight" ad )
However, the comrade's hand-holding advertising, sometimes it will arouse the debate within the gay community.
For example, 2012 sunglasses glasses Advertising "never hide", clever use of comrade hand should not hide, image "pride" image.
Gender equality activists have always had a pluralistic discussion of such commodity advertisements. Some think that this is the use of gay and gay issues of controversial robbery exposure rate, some people say that comrades are not thin, is advertising can be consumed? Have not seen people criticize the market advertising consumption heterosexual love! Others worry that a lot of advertising will stereotype the gay image as a sexy middle-class elite, compared with other comrades who have not been equally subject to media attention, facing a more marginalized situation.
In 2017, in the New York Metro Second Avenue Station, an artist was also one of the themes of artistic expression with the image of a gay partner holding hands. This creation has received wide acclaim, people say, it is because these two people do not have a model-like appearance, the elite or hippie style of life, making it more tangible, closer to the real, but also more to shake the hearts.
Another set off the country's heated discussion of the comrades holding hand advertising in Italy.
2011, IKEA in Italy's ads to the gay hand as a vision, the main "We welcome any kind of family" (we are open to all families).
The ad sparked outrage in the Catholic country of Italy, when Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, rebounded violently, claiming to be the guardian of family values (although he often reported on sex scandals), accusing IKEA of not advocating gay rights, but merely advertising marketing, and saying it was " The invasion of the Swedish imperialists has sought to make everyone equal in access to cheap furniture. 」
Perhaps this is true, whether it is selling goods or brand image, advertising has its purpose after all. But we are looking forward to Taiwan's enterprises, banks, insurance companies, furniture brands, etc., are willing to through advertising creative gender equality, the gay life will be shown, like our ads are always peddling heterosexual life and love, but also hope that the government officials more backbone to protect the value of equality, not because of a few public complaints telephone, It will be easy to be with advertising or art in the MRT station removed.
Taiwanese are shy, we don't ask politicians to hold hands like Dutch men, but at least we have to make a promise. The policy of equal protection of gay rights and interests, that is, in the long road, and comrades in hand with the first step.