Roze zaterdag, homomanifestatie in Haarlem, 1989. Foto: Noord-Hollands Archief/Fotoburo de Boer
Roze zaterdag, homomanifestatie in Haarlem, 1989. Foto: Noord-Hollands Archief/Fotoburo de Boer

Meeting of research group The Eighties on 'Gay politics'

Monday 24 June 2024, 12 pm - 1 pm

The long 1980s are known in the Netherlands as the era of no nonsense and strict austerity politics. However, the Lubbers cabinets also saw the start of registered partnership for homosexuals. These years also brought about the Equal Treatment Act, which prohibits discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, among others.

During the next session of RICH research group 'The Eighties: Austerity, Reform, Conflict' on 24 June, we will dive deeper into the 'gay politics' of the long 1980s. We will do so with Joke Swiebel, who completed her PhD last January on the societal and political debates behind four legislative changes that affected the position of homosexuality in the Netherlands, and Robby Davidson, who wrote a dissertation in 2021 on LGBTI lobbying from the 1960s onwards.

The meeting will take place in the Erasmus Building, room E.9.14a, from 12 pm to 1 pm. Please register in advance due to a limited number of seats. You can register via the form at the bottom of this page. If you want, you can bring your own lunch during the meeting. 

The dates of the next meetings are also already known, so mark them down in your diaries: on 17 September, we will welcome historian Diederik Smit, Wim Kok's biographer, and on 1 October, public administration professor Mark Bovens will drop by. More information about these sessions will follow soon.

Pink Saturday, gay event in Haarlem, 1989. Photo: Noord-Hollands Archief/Fotoburo de Boer

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