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Gay and Lesbian community

Amsterdam has been known as the gay capital of Europe for many years. This is due to the fact that most Dutch are quite tolerant and open when it comes to sexual preference. Most gays and lesbians feel accepted in Amsterdam because Amsterdam offers a certain type of freedom without feeling different.

To stimulate the freedom of sexual preference, The Gay Business Amsterdam (GBA) has been established, which is a corporation of 80 gay related companies and organizations in Amsterdam. The GBA initiates events and activities in order to support the gay community.

One of the biggest events in Amsterdam is the famous Gay Pride raised in 1996. This is a four day lasting event in the first weekend of August where the most colourful gays and lesbians celebrate their existence. The Gay Pride is all about partying, having fun, enjoying the city and the colourful people. The busiest day is the day of the canal parade. The canal parade has been raised to show the diversity in the gay community. The canals are filled with colourful partying gays and lesbians on boats who dance and show off their bodies. All of the boats have a theme and are decorated and dressed in that theme. The most beautiful boat wins a price. In 2007 the organisation wanted to show more diversity in the boats. This year there was a boat with disabled people, a boat with straight people only, a boat with teenagers below 16 and a boat from the municipality.

This section will also explain more about the emancipation of homosexuality and gay marriage which is legalized in the Netherlands.

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