The Delft police have fined three men for disturbing an introductory activity of the Delft gay student's union Outsite. The students were verbally abused and spat at. Because of the start of the academic year and the arrival of new first-year students at TU Delft in September, activities took place all week.
The youth division of the Delft Work Group Homosexuality (DWH) organised a Gay Bingo on the Lange Geer in the centre of Delft.
'A group of about five to six men of in between 16 and 20 years of age was verbally abusing the visitors,' DWH chairman Bram van Meurs explains. It occurred around 23:00 after the bingo had ended. 'We were clearing out our stuff when the group appeared.'
Fines Preferred by Students
The men tried to provoke a fight, according to the youth club. 'A few students tried to calm things down, but they were spat at. That is when we decided to call the police, who arrived rather quickly.'
The police issued three fines 'for not being able to show an ID card and causing inconvenience to the hospitality industry,' a spokesperson stated. Some of the group could not be fined as they ran away. 'The police then offered us the choice between fining them and reporting the crime,' Van Meurs explains. 'We did not feel like a long process in court and chose the fine.'
Youth organisation Outsite has not taken any measures after the incident. 'We are just happy that there were no other incidents. However, we do want to make clear that this shows that homosexuals are still not accepted by everyone in this country.' According to Outsite, the TU Delft indicated that they want to strengthen their relationship with the gay student's union and examine where they can act together to improve the safety of gay students.
Response Bram van Meurs, chairman of DWH
Anti-LGBT Agression during OWee
The OWee is the festive opening of the new year at the Technical University Delft. Outsite, the youth organisation of the Delft Homosexuality Work Group (DWH) is also bustling with festive activities. These events were not just meant for lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT) students. For Outsite, the Owee is a celebration of inclusion and acceptance for all new and current students at the TU.
One of the Owee highlights is the Gay Bingo. Every year, the Lange Geer is fenced off to give space to hundreds of students to play bingo, led by the charming ZaZsa and her rugged assistant Bruno. This year, the bingo festivities were disrupted by a group of 5 or 6 men between 16 and 20 years of age. Afterwards, they verbally abused the remaining visitors: Kankerhomo's, jullie neuken elkaar in de kont, vieze homo's, flikkers, fuck julliť, was used, and the few visitors wanting to calm them down and have a conversation with them, were spat at. Luckily, the police were quickly on the spot and managed to retain three of the attackers.
After the harassment of a homosexual TU Delft student who had left his dorm because of the abuse, this is a second major anti-LGBT incident in Delft this year. DWH chairman Bram van Meurs deeply regrets the incident. Our building is often defaced or spat at. This incident indicates again how important visibility of LGBTs is, especially during the introductory week for new students, the chairman states. We are therefore pleased that precisely that night, the Executive Board of the TU indicated that they want to tighten the links with DWH and Outsite, and examine where we can act together to ensure and improve the safety of all students, including the LGBT students.
Besides activities during the introduction week, Outside and DWH organise many activities for LGBTs as well as information sessions throughout the year. All these activities are meant to increase the feeling of safety and being able to be true to who you are.
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Students from gay student's union in Delft verbally abused and spit at