LGBT rights in the Netherlands
|LGBT rights in the Netherlands|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal since 1811|
|Gender identity/expression||Transsexual persons allowed to change legal gender, but only under certain conditions|
|Military service||Gays and lesbians allowed to serve openly|
|Discrimination protections||Sexual orientation protections (see below)|
|Same-sex marriage since 2001|
|Adoption||Same-sex couples may jointly adopt|
The Netherlands is known for its liberal policies on matters such as sexual orientation. The public widely supports tolerance and equal rights for LGBT people, although conservative Christians and Muslim immigrants tend to be more in opposition with their beliefs about gender and sexual equality. At least two-thirds of anti-gay hate crimes are attributed to Muslim immigrant youth, the majority of whom are of either Moroccan or Turkish descent. As of October 2011, while 90% of ethnic Dutch people in the Netherlands view homosexuality as moral, only 30% of Turks and 25% Moroccans share this opinion. Hindus of Indian origin are reported to be in line with ethnic Dutch in terms of acceptance.
LGBT community 
There is a strong LGBT community in the Netherlands, and several gay-owned or gay-friendly hotels, nightclubs and cafes and have become established. It is a popular destination for gay tourism, especially Amsterdam, where an LGBT gay pride festival occurs in early August.
Summary table 
|Homosexual acts legal||(since 1811)|
|Equal age of consent|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas (incl. indirect discrimination, hate speech)|
|Same-sex marriage(s)||(since 1 April 2001, first country in the world to legalise)|
|Recognition of same-sex couples|
|Both joint and step adoption by same-sex couples|
|Gays allowed to serve in the military|
|Right to change legal gender|
|Commercial surrogacy for gay male couples|
|Access to IVF for lesbians|
|MSM allowed to donate blood|
|Automatic parenthood for both spouses after birth||Law pending|
See also 
- Same-sex marriage in the Netherlands
- Same-sex marriage in Aruba
- LGBT rights in Europe
- LGBT rights by country or territory
- "Acceptance of homosexuality in the Netherlands". Minvws.nl. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- Levant, Ezra. "Gay-bashers thrive in modern-day Netherlands". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- "Amsterdam Gay Pride". Amsterdamgaypride.nl. Retrieved 2011-01-09.