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#05 Zonder Stempel (COC)

ONBEPERKT TROTS The Unlimited Proud boat is a cooperation between Zonder Stempel (the national group of the COC for and by LGBT people with a mild mental disability) and the Vereniging Gehandicaptenzorg Nederland (VGN) and its affiliated care organisations for people with disabilities. With the boat, we draw attention to a large group of invisible […]

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ONBEPERKT TROTS

The Unlimited Proud boat is a cooperation between Zonder Stempel (the national group of the COC for and by LGBT people with a mild mental disability) and the Vereniging Gehandicaptenzorg Nederland (VGN) and its affiliated care organisations for people with disabilities. With the boat, we draw attention to a large group of invisible LGBT people. People with a (mental) disability fight their whole life for a place in society. They just want to participate, just like everyone else, and lead a meaningful life. LGBT people with (mental) disabilities often fight for double acceptance. Namely for equality and their sexual and gender diversity. The boat Unlimited Proud gives them the attention they deserve. A place where they can be themselves and proud. A place where they can show themselves!

Despite the obstacles that people with disabilities sometimes encounter, they are very proud of who they are and what they can achieve. Because of their disability, it is sometimes even more difficult to stand up for their sexual and gender diversity. On the boat, they show that their pride comes from within, regardless of their disability or gender. That they want to share their pride with everyone and that there is attention for them. The peacock as a symbol of pride is central on the colourful boat. With the mirrors on the boat, we show that you can always look at yourself and others, even if you are ‘different’. Together, we will make it an unlimited party!

COC Netherlands – Landelijke Ontmoetingsdag Utrecht 2017