Increasing Coverage of Homophobia in Dutch Media

November 1 2010

Radio Netherlands Worldwide this week considers the frequency of homophobic incidents in Utrecht. The article itself describes several descriptions from gay Dutch men who have been targeted in homophobic incidents by young Moroccan Dutch. However, it also notes that “there are no reliable figures showing an increase in homophobic violence” in the country despite their increasing media coverage. One young Moroccan man cited in the article suggests that the violence is committed by teenagers who are reacting to the anti-Islam rhetoric of Geert Wilders. “He’s fighting against Islam so they want something to fight against too. So they pick gays, because Geert Wilders stands up for them.”