The capital of the Netherlands will fly the rainbow flag when Russian President Vladimir Putin comes to Amsterdam on 8 April, in protest against the proposed bill that would make promotion of homosexuality among youths punishable in Russia.
The progress of the bill has been marked by frequent clashes between the bills supporters and LGBT rights activists, who say if the bill passes people could potentially be fined for as little as kissing their same-sex partner in public, or giving pro-LGBT advice to young people.
“The [Amsterdam] College wishes to express its concern with the rainbow flag and the seven districts will ask to do the same,” said a spokesperson for the city’s council. “Amsterdam is committed to an open and tolerant city where everyone can be who he is. The flag stands for diversity and gay acceptance.”
Putin is due to go to the Maritime Museum and The Hermitage Museum on 8 April, where he and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands will attend the official Netherlands-Russia 2013 Year of Friendship opening ceremony.
The Russian President will have dinner with several Dutch and Russian entrepreneurs to celebrate the event, which marks a year of cultural exchange between the two nations.