Not that long ago, a gay man in politics would be unthinkable. In the time he grew up, the 1950s, homosexuality was considered an abnormality. In his book “Homo Politicus,” Coos Huijsen gives a detailed account of his childhood, with a keen eye for even the smallest details.
It is clear that he was struggling with his feelings for other boys. The emancipatory fight still needed to take place, and his struggle was undeniable on a personal level.
The book really gets to you - His post WWII childhood years on the very Christian Goeree-Overflakkee, his time in politics as the first ever parliamentarian in the world who came out of the closet, and his years as an advocate of gay rights in Amsterdam.
The book is oppressive, full of humour and informative. Mr Huijsen shows anything is possible by being true to yourself, in spite of setbacks. A book that touches and takes the reader on a life journey that made the shy boy from Zeeland to what he is now. A gay politician and gay activist pur sang. This compelling book is a monument for future generations.
Coos Huijsen, Homo politicus: De eerste parlementariër die uit de kast kwam. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Balans, 2016, 288 blz., ISBN 9789460030949, € 19,99, available at Vrolijk, www.vrolijk.nu.