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Nightlife safe space for LGBTQ+ community tested in Amsterdam



A hair salon was opened in Amsterdam’s Nightlife District after hours on the weekends to allow LGBTQ+ members to get ready before going out at night.

InHolland University students organized the pilot project “DRESS&DANCE”, while Maud Gussenhoven, who manages the central Reguliersdwarsstraat street of the city, coordinated it.

Gussenhoven stated: “It’s tragic that this is necessary, but there have been instances where people have felt unsafe.”

Amsterdam is known for its queer-friendly reputation and will host the WorldPride Festival 2026. A Dutch government report has revealed that 310 out of 823 discrimination complaints to the Amsterdam Police in 2021 were based on sexual orientation.

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“Some people look at me and can’t contain themselves.” Eli Verboket, transperson, stated that they sometimes feel the need “to follow me” after finishing their make-up.

As they went outside for a smoke, a passerby made homophobic comments.

They said that this was why they believed the concept was so important.


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