This is what we stand for
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 sex characteristics. In the Netherlands and the rest of the world. Because that is what everyone.
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.
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.
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 we bring about much-needed changes.
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!
Without your help, there is no COC. With your activism and donations, we achieve greater emancipation, social acceptance and equal rights. So we desperately need you - whether you contribute with time, knowledge or money.
Participate in another way?
Start a GSA at your school
A Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a group of students who, with the support of COC, work to create a safe environment at school for everyone.
Join the Jong&Out community
Our Jong&Out community is there for everyone up to 18 years old, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics. Jong&Out is the place to meet other (lhbti+) young people online and offline in a safe way.
Take a look at Expreszo
Expresszo is an online magazine for and by queer youth that provides lhbti+ youth with interesting and fun articles, tips and education. It is full of stories that do not yet get as much space in the mainstream media.
Join the Pink 50+ community
Are you looking for information, activities and opportunities to meet each other as a pink 50+ person? Then join our Roze 50+ community! Learn more at Roze50plus.nl.
Apply for a Roze Loper through RozeZorg
The Roze Loper is an official seal of approval for health and welfare institutions. Institutions with a Roze Loper seal of approval work on social acceptance and inclusion of lhbti+ persons. Want to apply for a Roze Loper?
Respect2Love is our community for and by lhbti+ persons from different cultural or religious backgrounds. Together we share information, advice and organize meetings. In our Respect2Love Empowerment program, lhbti+ persons from diverse backgrounds develop into leaders in their own communities and society.
Visit an AutiRose event
AutiRoze exists to help lhbti+ with autism find their place in the rainbow community, the autism community and society as a whole. They regularly organize fun and social gatherings.
Join Pink Gesture
Roze Gebaar is the online community of, for and by deaf and hard of hearing lesbian women, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and intersex persons (lhbtis) throughout the Netherlands. On RozeGebaar.nl you will find information about gay and bisexuality and gender identity and an overview of activities throughout the country.
Check out our website Without Stamp
Zonderstempel.nl is a website by and for lhbti+ persons with intellectual disabilities. In their meeting cafes they regularly organize pleasant and enjoyable gatherings.
COC in your area
No matter where you live, there is always a COC nearby that you can count on. A regional COC educates lhbti+ in schools, organizes social activities, works on safety and acceptance, and does much more. Locally, we represent your interests, making us the first point of contact for many. We welcome you with open arms!