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Vassar College

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Fall 2005

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Netherlands: Sexuality and Gender Identity


The gay movement in Holland has been lauded for its efficacy in establishing homosexuality as integral to and equal within Dutch society. Recent political and social tensions between the gay and Muslim communities, however, have brought the issue of homosexuality back to the forefront of debate in a country that has previously determined it to be a depoliticized issue. Through intense research into the nature of gay emancipation and immigrant integration in Holland, this study seeks to identify how the minority gay and Muslim communities became oppositional, and how gay identity functions within a society after equality has been concluded. Interviews with Dutch academics and activists shed light on the structures of Dutch politics and society, and raise questions about the future of a nation whose own identity is the in process of being reformulated.


Gender and Sexuality



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