"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Saturday, May 14, 2005
[Media Source*] (Hat Tip: The Black Kettle)
WHEN the editor of one of America's leading gay magazines visited the world's gay capital a fortnight ago, he assumed that he would be safe.
But as Chris Crain, editor of the Washington Blade, was walking hand in hand with his boyfriend near one of the gay districts in Amsterdam, two men standing on a street corner spat at his face. He stopped to ask why, was called a "fag" and suddenly the two youths turned into seven.
Crain was surround by what appeared to be Moroccan youths who kicked Crain (along with his partner) to the ground and ended up breaking his nose and severely bruising his face. Although their are many who disagree with the homosexual lifestyle, "beating them" is not an appropriate way of displaying one's dissent. Ironically this did not happen in America, rather it was Amsterdam, known to be one of the most liberal cities in the world (as well as the first to legalize gay marriage) that Crain was attacked.
For the first time, the Amsterdam Tourist Board has issued a warning to gay visitors to be careful in the city. In the first country to legalize homosexual marriage, gays are increasingly fearful of holding hands in public. Some have been chased out of their houses and middle-class gays are moving to rural areas for safety.
"I was really surprised. I felt comfortable, because it is San Francisco times ten. But I didn't appreciate the depth of hostility between different groups there, and we walked right into the middle of it," Mr Crain said from his home in Washington.
Most of this has been due towards Muslim hostility towards homosexuals, which according to some is increasing (but since the city doesn't keep tabs on this "trend" one will never know). Many Gays will no longer walk "hand-in-hand" for fear of attack with some in the city running inside cafe's for safety (despite the fact that the some of the business locations cater to gays). If one is gay and traveling to Amsterdam, beware...
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