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What exactly does membership entail?

You become a member of your regional COC. This is how you make the COC bigger and stronger. Together we ensure more emancipation, acceptance and equal rights for lhbti+ persons. Towards a region, a country and a world where everyone can be themselves in freedom and safety. Fortunately, we now have 20 regional COCs, so there is always a COC near you. Your local COC will be happy to keep you informed of all their activities and events. As COC Netherlands, we inform you about our national and international activities. 

As a member of the largest advocacy organization for the rainbow community, you not only support the efforts of the COC, but you also get member benefits! For example, you can attend most COC activities for free or at a discount. Moreover, because we work closely with various organizations, there is a good chance that you will also receive discounts at other organizations!
Read more about this in the frequently asked questions.

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As a member, you pay dues.

The amount is determined annually at the General Assembly of COC Netherlands.

Normal rate - €49.50 (annual)
Reduced rate - € 29.00 (annual) 

This fee is for members with income at the welfare level. The COC believes it is important that anyone from the community can become a member. To qualify, a request must be submitted to the membership office. Please wait to pay; you will be emailed a new digital invoice with the reduced fee.

Youth rate - € 29.00 (annual) 

This rate is for young people ages up to 25.

It is important to remember that these are therefore annual amounts, not monthly!

The 2024 rates.
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About COC

Our vision

We believe in a world where everyone can be themselves in freedom and safety. Where you can love who you want. Where everyone can participate and people have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. Regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sexual characteristics. In the Netherlands and the rest of the world. Because that is what everyone.

Our mission

We actively work for emancipation, acceptance and equal rights of lhbti+ persons in the Netherlands and around the world. We do this together with people from the community and with allies. We are active in many areas, focusing on youth & education, your interests, international, culture & faith, over-50s, movement, queers of color, safety, welfare, workplace, lifestyle.

Our origins

Of course, we would have preferred to say we were no longer needed by now, but there is still work to be done. For example. seven in ten lhbti+ persons face physical or verbal violence in their lifetime because of who they are, and lhbti+ persons are still criminalized in nearly seventy countries. Founded in 1946, COC is now the longest-standing lhbti+ advocacy organization in the world. We have twenty regional associations, which means there is always a COC near you.

Our work

We make sure lhbti+ persons are heard, and amplify your voice. Together with you, we work for change. With students we ensure safe schools and with foreign activists we work for equal rights. We also make sure your voice is heard in politics and the media. We connect people and propose concrete solutions. In this way we achieve tangible results and together bring about much-needed changes.

Our results

Together we achieve much in the areas of emancipation, acceptance and equal rights. Think of opening up marriage, obligatory attention to acceptance at school and a legal ban on lhbti+ discrimination. In recent decades the Netherlands has thought much more positively about lhbti+ persons. We support lhbti+ activists in more than 35 countries. Is that enough? No, the Netherlands no longer belongs to the leading group of countries where lhbti+ rights are well regulated. And in many countries the rainbow community is still persecuted and imprisoned. So we still desperately need your help!

Frequently Asked Questions

I did not receive an email and/or membership card.

Oy, check your spam mail to be sure. Still haven't received anything? Please contact us via the contact form.

I would like to contact membership administration.

You can! Just fill in the contact form and we will contact you as soon as possible. Of or call 020-6234596.

I would like to do more than just be a member. What can I do?

How nice! When you join your regional COC, you can also indicate that you want to become a volunteer. If you are already a member and would also like to volunteer, please fill out this form in! Your regional COC will then contact you further. Would you like to donate more? Gladly! You can here.

I would like to cancel my membership.

What a shame! But of course that's always possible. Via the contact form you can pass on your cancellation. If you have any suggestions to improve our work, please mention them in your mail!

Can I also be a member without dues?

Unfortunately, no. We desperately need your contributions, in part to make change still possible. Read especially on the about us page more about who we are and what we do:

What exactly happens to my dues?

COC is committed to serving everyone in the lhbti+ community. With your contribution, you make COC's work possible, regionally, nationally and internationally. Of the regular and reduced rate, COC Netherlands receives 40% and the regional COC association receives 60%.

How do I download my digital membership card?