'Living with war, fighting in peace'. That is the theme of the Remembrance Day at the International Gay Monument in The Hague on 4 May from 19:30. This theme is not only topical in the Netherlands, but also internationally. Worldwide, LGBTIQ+ people are not accepted, discriminated against, oppressed or even persecuted in many places. How can we fight in peace for lasting equality in the Netherlands and show solidarity with the oppressed elsewhere in the world? What can we learn from the history of the Second World War about equality and tolerance?
From the Municipality of The Hague shall alderman Mariëlle Vavier (Poverty, Inclusion and Public Health) reflect on the role of The Hague as an international city of justice and peace. From an international perspective, the Armenian queer activist Mamikon. He is chairman of Pink Armenia and the Human Rights House in Yerevan. He is in the Netherlands in connection with Shelter City and known from the docuseries 'Fight or Flight'. Speaks from the queer community in The Hague chairman Marion Tahapary-Keislair of COC Haaglanden. The commemoration is organized by International Gay Monument Foundation The Hague and made possible by the Municipality of The Hague.
During the commemoration, an honorary detachment of Pink in Blue from the Haaglanden Police Unit will line up at the monument. A combined choir will musically frame the commemoration. The choir led by Mark Hermsen consists of members of The Hague Gay Men's Choir Vox Rosa en Women's choir De Heksenketel and is accompanied on the piano by Gianmarco Monetti. Trumpeter Olafur Ellidi will play the Last Post before the two minutes of silence.
After the two minutes of silence and the Wilhelmus, various organizations and authorities will lay flowers at the monument. Afterwards, participants are invited to parade past the monument. The commemoration ends around 20:30 PM. Afterwards, guests are welcome at COC Haaglanden for a cup of coffee and a pastry.
Location - The International Gay Monument is located near The Hague Central Station on the Laan van Reagan and Gorbachev, next to the large lime tree on the Koekamp, opposite the Royal Academy of Art.
Streaming and Accessibility – The commemoration is freely accessible and will be streamed live on the YouTube channel 'International Homomonument'. There is a limited number of seats for guests and for those who have difficulty walking. Mauricio de Kok of Roze Gebaar provides the translation into sign language. The commemoration will also be subtitled live for the first time thanks to the use of the Open Police programme. The subtitles can be followed live.