In the Netherlands, everyone is free to have their own sexual preferences. The Netherlands is one of the most tolerant countries in the world when it pertains to homosexualtiy. Homosexuals have the same rights as everyone else and they can also get married.

It is difficult to estimate how many people are homosexual, because not everyone has come out about their preferences. Rough figures put the number of Dutch who are homosexual at 1 in 10.

No choice

Homosexuals have not made the choice to be homosexual. You are born with your sexual preference, as it is determined by your genetics. The Dutch government protects homosexuals from discrimination, because someone's sexual preference is an intregal part of their identity.

These days you often hear the term LGBT. That is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender. A well-known Dutch organization that stands up for the rights of the LGBT community is the COC. This organization can be found throughout the Netherlands.