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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.


“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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