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Reducing discrimination of members of the LGBTI communities – Closed

The municipality wishes to create the safest possible environment for LGBTI individuals. This is listed as a priority in the Roze Uitvoeringsagenda (Pink Implementation Agenda) 2015–2018. This plan describes various actions aimed at increasing social acceptance of LGBTI individuals in the city and at tackling aggression and violence directed at this group.

The Amsterdam-Amstelland Safety Monitor reveals that homosexual men feel unsafe more frequently than heterosexual men. In 2014 and 2015, 14% of Amsterdam’s citizens experienced discrimination in the preceding year. Among homosexual men this figure rises to 23%, and among bisexual men the figure is 19%. Among lesbian and bisexual women, 18% have experienced discrimination. This figure is considerably lower among heterosexual men and women (12% and 11%, respectively).

Regarding transgender individuals, 43% experienced violence at least once in the past 12 months, and 37% are insulted at least once a month. Of the transgender individuals that experience violence or discrimination, 75% change their behaviour on account of feelings of unsafety. Examples of behaviour adaptation include quitting sport activities or avoiding entering shops*.

The issue:
Devise a tool with which to discourage potential offenders from exhibiting discriminatory behaviour, particularly with regard to the LGBTI communities. Devise a tool that will increase the safety of LGBTI individuals.

Specific criteria that the startup should take into account in devising its bid:

  • The startup should be able to work with behaviour-influencing strategies, measures and/or tools, together with the Municipality of Amsterdam and divisions of Public Order and Safety/Diversity.

Specific supplementary (suitability) criteria/competencies to be met by employee(s) of the startup in order to bid on this issue, evidenced in the bid by means of a reference:

  • Given the target groups, it is important that the startups have a command of the Dutch language.

Issued by: Openbare Orde en Veiligheid/Onderwijs, Jeugd, Zorg en Discriminatie

*Oosterhout, E. van & Alink, E. ‘Veilig zolang men het niet merkt…’. Een onderzoek naar de veiligheid van de transgender personen in de openbare ruimte in Nederland. Transgender Netwerk Nederland, 2015.