group in the Netherlands is organizing a soccer
tournament to be played between gays and Muslims. The
group hopes the event can counter a rising
tide of fear revealed in a recent study among the
country's gays and lesbians.
A nationwide survey by the Police Research
Academy was published Thursday showing that while only
3% of gays have been physically assaulted, some
40% reported being insulted or verbally abused, and
some 80% believed their safety was threatened at some
time during the past year.
According to academy director Frits Vlek, who
commissioned the research, youths from Moroccan and
Turkish backgrounds were most often blamed for
violence against gays. "Parts of the Muslim community still
resist homosexuality and receive little education
about it," he said.
Muslim-gay tension is the theme of the soccer
tournament, organized by the Institute of
Multicultural Development. The tournament will be
held next week. (Sirius OutQ News)
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