Ten thousand people marched through Amsterdam last month to seek the repeal of 76 countries’ anti-gay laws. Many of them wore “Erasing 76 Crimes” T-shirts as they carried placards honoring 59 heroes of the worldwide struggle for recognition of the human rights of sexual minorities.
In a “Flags of Shame” protest, marchers carried the flags of dozens of countries with anti-LGBTI laws.
The ambassador of Canada, co-chair of the international Equal Rights Coalition (ERC), spoke to the crowd. Among the demonstrators were 125 participants from 14 embassies of countries that are members of the ERC. Protesters included three ambassadors, two consul-generals, other high-ranking officials, and some 100 diplomatic staff members.
During the closing ceremony, Pride Walk organizer Hans Verhoeven expressed thanks to the Erasing 76 Crimes blog for its work. The blog helped compile information about countries with anti-gay laws and nominated many of the LGBT rights movement’s heroes. March organizers honored a total of 59 activists from Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. Those activists represented the thousands of “Heroes of Our Community” working for justice throughout the world.
Pride Walk was celebrated on July 28, marking the beginning of Pride Week in Amsterdam.