Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community in the Netherlands

Information for gay men and women living in the Netherlands, including details of social groups and events...

National LGBT organisations:

COC (Cultuur en Ontspannings-Centrum), or Centre for Culture and Leisure, is the oldest (and also perhaps the largest) lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender association in the world.

COC aims to help with strategic policies, networking, promoting lesbian and gay interests, housing issues, organisational advice and human resources and finances.

  • COC (in Dutch)
    : Bogaardenstraat 43, Maastricht
    Tel: 043 321 8337
CHJC (Christelijk Homo Jongeren Contact)

Dutch Association of Christian Gays and Lesbians. This association aims to bring together homosexual Christians and tries to improve the integration of homosexuals within the church and society. There are many activities organised, including parties and social, cultural and sports events. There are many regional groups organising monthly gatherings.


This is the national institute for homosexuality, health, well being and HIV prevention.

  • Schorer (in Dutch)
    At: Sarphatistraat 35, P.O.Box 15830, Amsterdam
    Tel: 020 573 9444
    Fax: 020 664 6069
Gay and Lesbian Switchboard

Association providing information on health and well-being to gays and lesbians.


LNBi is the Dutch National Bisexual Network ("Landelijk Netwerk Biseksualiteit"), the only association in the Netherlands for bisexuals. The organisation publishes a magazine every three months, the Bi-Nieuws, organises parties, has a free contact advertisement site as part of their website and has a number of regional groups and activities.

Internationaal Homo/Lesbisch Informatiecentrum Archief (IHLIA)

IHLIA is the International Homosexual and Lesbian Information centre and Archives, and can provide information on just about anything, from handbooks for parents to places to go out.

MVS Media

MVS Media is a broadcast company for homosexuals, lesbians and bisexuals via television, radio and Internet.

  • MVS Media (in Dutch)
    At: Amstel 82 - III, 1017 AC Amsterdam
    Tel: 020 620 0247
Tilburgse Kermis

The Tilburgse Kermis is an organisation that celebrates gays and lesbians in Tilburg, as well as running a festival in July

Same-sex Marriage

Under Dutch law, same-sex marriage is legal.

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