Dutch gay couples win right to compete in ballroom dancing
September 13, 2004
THE HAGUE — The Dutch anti-discrimination board said Friday that the
national competitive ballroom dancing association (NADB) should
admit gay couples.
"Many dancers are homosexual," the board said in a ruling posted
on its website after two dancers that the NADB had banned from
competitive events had appealed to it.
"Homosexual and lesbian dancers already take part in
competitions at the highest level, it said."
Refusing to allow them to dance as gay couples "is a consequence
of the dominant heterosexual norm," it said, "but this is in no
sense an even-handed norm."
A board spokesman noted that while its decisions were not
legally binding, "they are usually followed."
The Dutch gay and lesbian dancers' association Equality dancE
(eds: correct) described the ruling as "a big step forward." – Sapa-AFP
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