A DUTCH gay group is planning the first Pink Christmas festival in Amsterdam, featuring a manger stall with two Josephs and two Marys.
Attractions at the 10-day festival are to include parties, an open-air market, gay-themed films, an ice skating rink and religious services on Christmas day.
Pro-gay group chairman Frank van Dalen said that the event is intended to increase the choices for homosexual men and women during the Christmas holiday week.
“Christmas is about more than religion, it’s also about love and families, not to mention shopping,” he said. “Two men or two women can form a family too these days, even one with a child.”
Gay marriage was legalised in the Netherlands in 2001, with adoption rules being the same there for gay or straight couples.