Homosexuality is in the criminal code in 71 countries. About a quarter of the world’s population, around 2 billion people, live in a country where homosexuality is punishable by law. In 11 of these countries the penalty for homosexuality is death and in 2 countries the death penalty has recently been carried out.
The Zero Flags Project is a countdown to zero flags. In this we work together with organisations such as Pride Amsterdam, ILGA, the UNHCR, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Equal Rights Coalition. We will continue our countdown until the only flag remaining is the rainbow flag and the whole world lives in sexual- and gender freedom.
PRIDE AMSTERDAM 2021
Due to corona the Pride Walk 2021 was the main event of Pride Amsterdam 2021. Around 10.000 people joined the walk and a similar number of people watched and cheered on as the parade marched by.
Since 2016 the flags of the countries where homosexuality is punishable by law have been included in the Pride Walk.
This year the Zero Flags Project walked as a long and impressive group at the front of the Pride Walk carrying the flags of the 71 countries where it is a crime to be gay. It was an important and serious part of the Pride Walk in which our solidarity with the LGBTIQ+ people living in those countries was shown.
Please watch the video here.
We marched for those who could not join us!
Monument of Visibility
To make people in the Netherlands aware of the fact that there are still too many countries where it is illegal to be gay during Pride Amsterdam 2021 a Monument of Visibility was erected. This Monument of Visibility consisted of a long row of the 71 flags of the countries where homosexuality is in the Criminal Code. They were placed on the Rokin stretching from the Dam Square to the Munt.
On each pole a sign was attached stating the name of the country and the penalty. Black information boards along the route contained an explanation about the project and a list of the countries and the penalty for homosexuality ranging from 1 year to death penalty.
The Monument of Visibility was opened at the beginning of Pride Week. Please watch the video here.
Church service at the Oude Kerk
Sunday 1 August the 71 flags of the countries where homosexuality is in the Criminal Code were part of the 11.00 am service at the Oude Kerk in the city centre of Amsterdam.
You can see a recording of this Pride Church service in Dutch here.
Pride at the Beach in Zandvoort
Monday August 2 the 71 flags of countries where homosexuality is criminalized were displyed in the City Hall of Zandvoort as part of Pride at the Beach.