Amsterdam | Pride Walk | July 30
When the Pride Walk entered the main entrance of the Vondelpark the participants were greeted by the flag carriers lining the path on both sides. The flag carriers were holding a flag and a sign with the name of the country and the punishment for homosexuality.
After the Pride Walk had passed they joined the Pride Walk as a closing group and delivered the flags to the Zero Flags Project spot in Pride Park which was visited all day by passersby informing themselves about the fact that in too many countries it is still illegal to be homosexual.
Amsterdam | Monument of Visibility | July 29 – August 7
The Monument of Visibility of the Zero Flags Project consists of the flags of the countries where homosexuality is in the Criminal Code. During Pride Amsterdam the flags were hanging from 6 meter high flagpoles along the footpath of the Museumplein. Each flag pole carried a sign stating the name of the country and the punishment for homosexuality.
During the opening of the Monument of Visibility Afak Shahoud form Syrai/Lebanon, Mohamed Koroma from Sierra Leone and Zee Salem from Egypt explained why as LGBTIQ+ refugees they had to leave their family, friends and country behind in order for them to be able to be themselves.
Afak Shahoud – Syria/Lebanon
Mohamed Koroma – Sierra Leone
Zee Salem – Egypt
Nijmegen | Monument of Visibility | July 26 – August 2
During the Eurogames Nijmegen the flags of countries where homosexuality is in the Criminal Code were hanging from 6 meter high flagpoles along the Waalkade next to the site of the opening and closing of the EuroGames. Each flag pole carried a sign stating the name of the country and the punishment for homosexuality.
On July 26 during a short ceremony the Monument of Visibility was officially opened by Alderman Vergunst, on behalf of the Municipal Executive of Nijmegen.
Zaandam | Moment of Visibility | June 1 – 15
As part of ZaanPride 2022 the 71 flags of the Zero Flags Project were on display as a ‘Moment of Visibility’ in the public library of the City of Zaandam. 11 flags carried a black pennant indicating the death penalty for homosexuality in these countries: Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Gouda | Monument of Visibility | May 3 – 18, 2022
The 71 flags of the Zero Flags Project were on display as a ‘Monument of Visibility’ in the area around the train station in the City of Gouda. The exhibition was organized by the Regenboog Alliantie Gouda in the context of IDAHOT, the international day to raise awareness of LGBTI+ rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBTI+ rights work worldwide which is held every year on 17 May.
Watch the video here.