Groningen is investing 100.000 euro to promote social acceptance of homosexuality in the city. The municipality aims to spend the money on the development of educational material and brochures, setting up exhibitions and information activities, as well as events. The funds will go to the Groningen Platform for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and Transgenders in Groningen (LGBT) that’s going to execute the plans.
“We’re not going to think it up ourselves,” says alderman Peter Verschuren. “The policy plan of the LGBT Foundation is very ambitious. The ideas are in coordination with the municipal policy, which has making social acceptance of homosexuality visible as a central target.”
The investment is made possible by a contribution of 75.000 by The Hague. Groningen gets this money because it has joined the so-called front-runner agreement gay emancipation with the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in 2008.
The deal was that the municipality of Groningen, together with thirteen other front-runner cities will make efforts to make homosexuality a topic that’s open to discussion for youngsters and other target groups that still consider it a taboo.
Groningen will make efforts so that gays will be safe in schools, on the street and at work so they can come out of the closet. The municipality will also counter anti-gay discrimination, intimidation and violence.
The city of Groningen is adding 25.000 euro to the contribution of the Ministry to cover the start-up and other one-off costs of the foundation.