A new location was found for the International Gay Monument in The Hague. At the insistence of COC Haaglanden, and with the cooperation of political parties D66 and VVD, the monument now gets a prominent place close to the Koekamp near The Hague Central Station.
At the moment, the monument is close to the public toilets at the terminus loop in front of amusement park Madurodam. COC Haaglanden asked the municipality for a more respectful location.
According the COC, D66 and VVD, the green strip at the Koekamp - between the Koningskade and the Prinsessegracht, and opposite the Royal Academy of Fine Arts - is a location that does justice to this important monument. This cannot be said about its current location close to the public toilets near the loop in front of Madurodam.
VVV alderman Arjen Lakerveld: “The current location does not do the monument justice. We gave our full support to COC’s request. It is good news that the move is about to take place, and not only because it a geographical improvement. The International Gay Monument represents an important message, which is that everyone should be able to be who they want to be in public. By making this monument more visible, the message automatically becomes more visible too.”
D66 and VVD are excited about the new location, which was found in consultation with COC Haaglanden after a long search.
According to alderwoman Kim Waanders (D66), “The monument is easily accessible and viewed at this location. It is a venerable place to lay a wreath at Remembrance Day, in sharp contrast to its current location. Furthermore, The Hague has a pioneering role when it comes to LGBT emancipation as the international city of Peace and Justice”.