The King of the Netherlands is scheduled to meet Dutch LGBT activists later this month. He will visit the COC Netherlands, an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
As reported by Pink News online, King Willem-Alexander, who ascended to the throne in 2013 when his mother abdicated, will make history. It will be the first time the acting monarch has made a visit to an LGBT group. The visit comes as COC celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.
COC Chairperson Tanja Ineke said: “We view his visit as a real show of support for LGBT people in the Netherlands and elsewhere in the world as they struggle for acceptance and equal rights.”
According to an official release, “the King will speak with various LGBT people who represent segments of the population where acceptance is often still lacking and who are working together with the COC to improve their position. He will listen to LGBT youth, to LGBT people with a bicultural or religious background and to LGBT seniors tell about their various experiences. The King will also talk with volunteers and staff of both COC Netherlands and the 20 regional COC chapters.”