From the invaluable journalist Rex Wockner, the following quotes from Dutch gay leaders:
“It still feels totally unthinkable, and it feels like our democracy and our way of life have been deeply wounded,” veteran Dutch gay activist Grada Schadee said May 7.
“I was much against his political ideas but I deeply respected him on his openness [as a gay man]. He was so sharp in his debating techniques. He was serious yet also caused much laughter with the public.”
“The whole country is in shock,” said Alex Kröner, publisher of the Amsterdam magazine Gay & Night. “He won one-third of the votes in [the] Rotterdam [local elections] and they expected that he would show at least 20 to 25 percent nationally. People are bringing flowers to his house and where the shooting was and also in Amsterdam at the national square.”
“It’s difficult to generalize,” said Gay & Night Editor Hans Verhoeven. “You either loved him or you hated him. One of the things that was important, he was very openly gay. He talked on public radio about his visits to dark rooms [gay bar backrooms] and he told about the rent boys [hustlers] he employed at his home. He was very open and that was, strangely enough, accepted by the whole society and made him an example for gay people, not only about being out but about how to explore your gay life.
“The general feeling here is one of disbelief. It is the first time since 1672 that we had a political assassination,” Verhoeven said.
The latest information is that his assassin worked for an enviro-leftist organization. That makes me all the gladder to have selected Bjorn Lomborg as our author for this month. Another gay contrarian, he has experienced the same kind of enviro-leftist intolerance that Fortuyn apparently did – although, mercifully, to a far lesser degree.